We are changing the way we look at education - it's about careers, not courses!
Our work-based curriculum is led by employers and designed to give students the best opportunities to gain the qualifications and skills they need for the career they want. We are preparing students for the workplace of tomorrow, creating a fully-immersive learning environment that blends hands-on, technical learning with underpinning knowledge and professional industry placements.
You may have heard about the introduction of the new T Level qualifications from 2020. At Newbury College, we have been busily preparing the groundwork for T Levels for quite a while, and are ready to start incorporating them as they are phased in.
Alongside apprenticeships and A Levels, T Levels will become one of the three main options for school leavers. T Levels are being introduced in the 2020/2021 academic year, and are designed to replace many of the vocational qualifications currently offered at level 3.
The structure of the new qualifications will be different from the current system. The number of hours a student will study increases significantly from the average 540 hours offered now to approximately 1,800 hours over the two years (including the work placement). The work placement element increases to 45 days, but can last up to 60 working days, making it much more meaningful to the student and employer. The timing of the work placement may be different depending on the qualification, some may opt for a continuous block, and others will distribute the work placement across the programme.
In a new two-year, level 3 technical study programme, T Levels will offer students:
- Specific practical skills and knowledge in a chosen industry or occupation
- 45 days’ work placement at a relevant employer
- Core English, Maths and digital skills
After completing a T Level programme, students will have transferrable skills to use in the workplace, and may progress into an apprenticeship with an employer or continue on to university, having earned UCAS points within their T Level.