First T levels subjects announced

The Tes reports that education secretary Justine Greening will today announce the first three new T levels. According to the government’s T-level Action Plan, published today, the first subjects available will be education and childcare, construction and digital. These are set to be introduced in 2020, with the rest to be available by 2022.

While only a small number of providers will offer the first three qualifications from 2020, all pathways from the first six “priority routes” will be delivered by selected providers the following year, according to the government. This will be followed by further expansions until the “vast majority” of providers will offer T levels by 2024. The process to determine which providers will deliver the qualifications in 2020 will be confirmed by the government this autumn.

Justine Greening said, “As we prepare to leave the EU, it is more important than ever that we create an outstanding further education and skills system, giving all young people the opportunity to fulfil their potential and deliver a better future for our country.” 

The decision to introduce T levels followed recommendations by the Sainsbury review in 2016, which found that the existing system was too complex and included too many qualifications, and did not provide young people with the necessary skills to excel at work. The new vocational qualifications will be supported by funding worth £60 million in 2018-19, rising to £445 million in 2021-22, and eventually to “over £500 million” a year.

According to the government, T levels will be a milestone in transforming technical education in the UK and extend the offer for young people to study a technical qualification at level 3 – equivalent to A levels.

The government’s plan for T levels:

•        2020 – three pathways delivered by a small number of providers

–        childcare and education (education pathway)

–        digital (software applications design pathway)

–        construction (building, services, engineering pathway)

•        2021 – all pathways from the first six “priority routes” delivered by selected providers

–        legal, finance, accounting (full route)

–        childcare and education (full route)

–        digital (full route)

–        construction (full route)

–        engineering and manufacturing (full route)

–        health and science (full route)

•        2022 – all pathways from all routes available to be delivered by providers that want to/are able

–        hair and beauty (full route)

–        agriculture, environment and animal care (full route)

–        business and administration (full route)

–        catering and hospitality (full route)

–        creative design (full route)

•        2024 – vast majority of providers offering T levels

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