We are changing the way we look at education - it's about careers, not courses!
Our career-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 work related activity.
Career-focused education programmes are great for school leavers who want a more hands-on approach than the academic route, especially if they know what industry they want to move into. If a school leaver wants to work in health care, logistics, engineering or digital technology, for example, then a BTEC or T-Level could be better for their career progression than A-Levels, combining practical learning with subject and theory content.
We involve our business partners in many aspects of our curriculum planning and delivery to ensure these programmes meet needs of employers and job sectors. This means that students develop the skills and knowledge that employers want – increasing their employability and likelihood of finding a job after completing their studies.
Full-time study programmes at Newbury College are assessed in a variety of ways, rather than through the traditional essay and exam methods, this can be beneficial to students who prefer to be assessed differently and demonstrate their skills in other ways. This also enables students to progress into higher education, either at university or at the new career-focused University Centre being planned for 2020.
You may have heard about the upcoming introduction of the new T Level qualifications. At Newbury College, we have been busily preparing the groundwork for T Levels for quite a while, and will be 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 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.