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We’re delighted that you have applied to study with us on an exciting T level course – that is equivalent to 3 A levels – which will give you an excellent grounding to get a job, move onto a higher-level apprenticeship, or go on to study in higher education. You can find out more about what happens next.

You will spend 80% of your time in college learning about your chosen subject, and 20% of your time working in an industry placement – which is at least 315 hours (45 days at 7 hours per day), apart from education and childcare which is at least 105 days on placement – where you will put what you have learnt into practice in a real-world setting. This all makes sure that you have the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers are looking for.

Your T level study will last two years and at the end of the course you will receive one overall grade: Pass, Merit, Distinction, or Distinction*.You can read more about how this grade is achieved.

If you want to move onto university, another higher-level course or an apprenticeship you will receive UCAS points based on your grade.

Read more about T level study below. You can also find out more about study in general at Leicester College.

About your course

Your T level has been developed in collaboration with sector specific employers and universities, so that what you learn will meet the needs of industry and prepare you for the workplace, as well as higher education studies. You will gain the skills and knowledge you need to follow a career in your chosen sector.

Most of your time will be spent at college learning a broad range of core key theories from across the whole sector. You must complete a 45 day (105-day for education and childcare) industry placement in a relevant setting to pass the T level. We will support you to find the best placement to suit you.

You will also continue to develop your maths and English skills in the context of your chosen industry.

As well as the main parts of the course you will also take part in other activities, such as work readiness. Additionally, you have the option to participate in other activities such as sports and trips organised by our Student Enrichment Team. Some of your learning will take place online, so it is essential that you have access to a suitable device to study and the internet.

You will be kept busy on your course. Between theoretical studies, practical sessions and the industry placement you are likely to be doing something each weekday during term times.

Construction T level

We are running 2 T level routes in construction. These are:

  1. Onsite construction: carpentry and joinery
  2. Building services engineering for construction: electrotechnical engineering specialism; or plumbing and heating specialism.

Year 1

During the first year you’ll learn about how the construction industry works, principles of design, and the role of technology and sustainability. You will also develop your
skills in building services engineering or onsite construction, which will help to broaden your knowledge too.

You will also be set a project to complete by an employer that draws together your knowledge and skills. In addition, you will learn about health and safety; science; design; construction and the built environment; measurements; building technology; information and data; relationship management; digital technology; and commerce/business. Learning will take place in classrooms, bespoke workshops, and on-line.

You will start your industry placement in the first year.

Year 2

In year 2 you will focus on skills specific to your occupational specialism.

C7260 BSE Electrotechnical Engineering:

  • installing electrotechnical systems
  • commissioning electrotechnical systems
  • maintaining electrotechnical systems
  • decommissioning electrotechnical systems
  • installing, testing, and commissioning electrical
  • installations to BS7671 wiring regulations.

C7261 BSE Heating and Plumbing:

  • Installing heating and plumbing systems
  • commissioning heating and plumbing systems
  • maintaining heating and plumbing systems
  • decommissioning heating and plumbing systems.

C7262 Carpentry and Joinery:

  • Preparing the production of complex timber-based building products and structures
  • producing complex timber-based components
  • assembling complex timber-based products
  • installing complex timber-based products into complex structures.

You will continue your industrial placement, further developing invaluable workplace skills such as communication skills, teamwork, and problem-solving.

When you successfully complete all parts of the T level you will be qualified to move straight into work in your chosen area or continue your education and training as a higher level apprentice or as a higher education student.

Entry requirements

You need the following to be accepted on the Construction T level:

  • GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or higher, or Level 2 Functional skills in maths and English.
  • At least two other GCSES at grade 4 or above, one of which must be a science or design technology-based subject.
  • One reference (this is usually from your school).
  • 90% attendance at school (or your last place or work/study) – this is desirable.

When you enrol, you will be on a 6-week probationary period. During this time, we will monitor your attendance, attainment and attitude toward study. At the end of the66 weeks, we will talk to you about whether you should continue with the T level or whether an alternative course would be better suited to you.

Digital T level

We are running 2 T level routes in digital. These are:

  1. Digital Production Design and Development
  2. Digital Support Services: Digital support specialism; or network cabling specialism.

Year 1

During the first year you’ll develop your core knowledge and understanding of key concepts, theories, and principles related to the digital industry, giving you a solid foundation to start your career.

In both T levels you will cover a broad range of concepts around data and digital analysis, digital environments, diversity and inclusion, learning, legislation, planning,
security, testing, and digital tools.

Learning will take place in classrooms, bespoke labs and workshops, and on-line.

Year 2

In year 2 you will focus on skills specific to your occupational specialism.

You will begin your industry placement. During this you will be set an employer project, which will give you hands-on experience and enable you to put your classroom learning into a real-life context, while giving you the opportunity to get a feel for working life and be part of a digital team.

C7263 Digital Production Design and Development

Moving into the second year, you will delve deeper into the key concepts of digital production, design, and development.

C7264 Digital Support Services – Digital Support

You will progress further into your chosen specialism of digital support, including looking at the responsibilities, role profiles, and skills needed across a range of
professions in the digital support services sector, eg fault analysis and problem resolution.

C7265 Digital Support Services – Network Cabling

You will develop your knowledge of network cabling, working towards the following performance outcomes:

  • applying procedures and controls to maintain the digital security of an organisation and its data
  • installing and test cabling in line with technical and security requirements
  • discovering, evaluating, and applying reliable sources of knowledge.

Entry requirements

You need the following to be accepted on the Digital T level:

  • GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or higher
  • at least 3 other GCSES at grade 4 or above
  • one reference (this is usually from your school).
  • 90% attendance at school (or your last place or work/ study) – this is desirable.

What can you do after the course?

T levels will enable you to progress straight into employment, or continue your studies. Depending on your specialism you may consider roles such as those below.

C7263 Digital Production Design and Development

  • Programming
  • Web developer
  • IT business analyst
  • App developer
  • Digital marketing

C7264 Digital Support Services – Digital Support

  • Front line technical support
  • Cloud technologies
  • Data analyser
  • IT business analyst
  • Hardware and software support

C7265 Digital Support services – Network Cabling

  • Network support
  • Network engineer
  • Network security
  • Front line technical support
  • Cloud technologies
  • Data analyser
  • Hardware and software
  • IT business analyst

Education and childcare T level

Year 1

During the first year, you will cover 12 core elements that underpin the education and childcare sector and will give you a solid foundation to progress in your career.

  • Wider context: an overview of childcare and education from ages 0 to 19 including childcare, school and post 16 provisions and an introduction to working in the  education and childcare sector for example looking at the roles, responsibilities, and career opportunities.
  • Child development: you will look at development from birth to 19 including children and young people’s personal development, language, and how to support them through transitions and significant events in their lives.
  • Supporting education: this looks at the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the National Curriculum, and how to support children and young people’s education
    and factors that affect this.
  • Safeguarding, health and safety, and wellbeing: this will introduce you to a range of requirements and guidance including statutory guidance and legal requirements as
    well as the importance of children and young people’s emotional health and well-being.
  • Behaviour: this looks at how children and young people develop and the implications this has on their behaviour including verbal and non-verbal behaviour. You will also
    learn about the range of strategies that can be used to support behavioural development.
  • Observation and assessment: provides an overview of the role of national test assessments and assessors and why it’s important to report on children and young
    people’s progress.
  • Equality and diversity: covers basic principles of current equality and diversity practice and the importance of promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion.
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND): covers provision for children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs including professionals
    and organisations involved with SEND, different models of disability, empowering children and young people, and removing barriers.
  • English as an additional language: this looks at a range of aspects including strategies to support children and young people when English is taught as an additional language.
  • Parents, families, and carers: the importance of these groups and how to work with them as well as support them.
  • Working with others: this element looks at agencies, services, and professionals who support children, families, and carers as well as working collaboratively and
    establishing effective relationships with them.
  • Reflective practice: includes models of reflection, the importance of continuing professional development, and feedback. Industrial placements will begin after the October half term and continue to the end of the first year, then into year two.

Year 2

In the second year, you will go into early years education and childcare in greater depth and you will work on an employer set project as part of your industry placement whilst gaining knowledge and skills in a real-life work environment. You will be working towards five key learning outcomes:

  1. Supporting and promoting children’s play, development, and early education
  2. Developing relationships with children to facilitate their development
  3. Planning, providing and reviewing care, play, and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
  4. Safeguarding and promoting the health, safety, and wellbeing of children
  5. Working in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers, and other professionals to support children’s development.

Your industrial placement will continue to the end of the second year.

Entry requirements

You need the following to be accepted on the Education and Childcare T level:

  • GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or higher
  • at least 3 other GCSES at grade 4 or above
  • one reference (this is usually from your school).
  • 90% attendance at school

What can you do after the course?

T levels will enable you to progress straight into employment or continue your studies in higher education.

This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in early years education and childcare. Students can progress into roles such as nursery worker, childminding or special educational needs teaching assistant as well as many options at university level including qualified teaching programmes. You could work in a wide variety of settings including the opportunity of working abroad.

Health and Science T level

We have 3 T levels in health and science, which have all been developed in collaboration with healthcare and science employers and universities, so that what you learn will meet the needs of industry and prepare you for the workplace, as well as higher education studies. These are:

  1. Health: support the adult nursing team specialism; or supporting the midwifery team specialism; or supporting the mental health team specialism.
  2. Health and science: healthcare science assistant specialism.
  3. Science: laboratory services specialism.

Year 1

In the first year you will gain core knowledge and understanding of the contexts, theories, and principles that underpin the health and science industry as a whole.

Your course starts with the essential knowledge and skills to work in health or science including how the industry works, core scientific concepts and key regulations including managing information, health and safety, and good scientific/clinical practice.

C7270 Health and science – healthcare science assistant specialism: You will learn all about providing person-centred care, health, and wellbeing as well as further science concepts such as human anatomy and physiology, diseases, and disorders. You will also cover important issues such as infection prevention and control in health-specific settings and managing personal information.

C7271 Science – technical laboratory services specialism: You will take an in-depth look at roles and progression opportunities within the science sector and the diversity of employers and organisations you could work for, scientific methodology, data handling and processing, experimental equipment and techniques, and ethics.

C7267 Health – adult nursing. C7268 Health – mental health. C7269 Health – midwifery.

In all three specialisms, you will have an in-depth look at roles and progression opportunities within the healthcare sector and the diversity of employers and organisations you could work for. You learn all about providing person-centred care, health, and wellbeing and further science concepts such as human anatomy and physiology, diseases and disorders. The course covers important issues such as infection prevention and control in health-specific settings and managing personal information.

Year 2

During the second year your will go into greater depth in your chosen specialism:

C7270 Healthcare science – assisting healthcare science:

  • Contribute to patient care by supporting physiological, physical and clinical engineering services to produce reliable data and images for use by healthcare professionals in diagnosis and treatment.
  • Contribute to patient care by supporting the collection of a range of specimens for analysis to aid diagnosis and treatment.
  • Contribute to patient care by processing and analysing service users specimens in a range of life science areas and laboratory environments to produce reliable datasets for the use by healthcare professionals in diagnosis and treatment.

C7271 Science – technical laboratory services:

  • Performing a range of appropriate scientific techniques to collect experimental data in a laboratory setting, complying with regulations and requirements.
  • Planning, reviewing, implementing, and suggesting improvements to scientific tasks relevant to a laboratory setting.
  • Identifying and resolving issues with scientific equipment or data errors.

C7267 Health – adult nursing

  • Assisting the adult nursing team with clinical tasks such as taking physiological measurements, collecting specimens, applying simple wound dressings, and moving or handling adults.
  • Supporting individuals to meet activities of daily living such as nutrition, hygiene, health, and wellbeing and examining the role of carers in meeting the needs of adults.
  • Assisting with skin integrity assessments and with the care and treatment of skin conditions.

C7268 Health – mental health

  • Providing care and support to individuals with mental health conditions – looking at the roles and responsibilities of the mental health team and the variety of environments they work within and the range of individuals they may support including health and safety guidelines and communication techniques.
  • Assisting the mental health team with mental health tasks and therapeutic interventions and gaining an understanding of the main types of mental health conditions and treatment options.
  • Promoting mental well-being and looking at coping strategies and skills as well as looking at how carers and families can be supported to manage their conditions.

C7269 Health – Supporting the Midwifery Team specialism:

  • Assisting the midwifery team with clinical tasks and learning about the stages of pregnancy, looking at the various different roles and responsibilities within the team, the range of clinical interventions used to provide maternity support, and the birthing environment.
  • Assisting the midwife to provide care for mothers and supporting parents at all stages, from antenatal, perinatal, and postnatal.
  • Assisting with the care of new-born babies by undertaking observations and measurements.

During your industry placement, you will work on an employer set project. This will give you the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice in a real-life setting as well as experiencing first-hand what it is like to work in the health sector and be part of the team.

Entry requirements

You need the following to be accepted on the Health and Science T level:

  • 5 GCSEs including maths and English and double science at grade 4 or higher
  • one reference (this is usually from your school).
  • 90% attendance at school (or your last place or work/ study) – this is desirable.

What can you do after the course?

T levels will enable you to progress straight into employment or continue your studies in higher education.

These courses are suitable for anyone wanting a career the health, healthcare and science industries. Students can progress directly into a variety of roles including laboratory technician, healthcare assistant, pharmacy assistant.

Industry placement

Successfully completing an industry placement is an important part of your course. To do so you will:

  • Spend at least 45 (105 for Education and Childcare) days on placement. This can include up to 35 hours of work preparation and taster activities, such as job-shadowing or visits to different employers.
  • Work with employers in real-life work settings to practice and develop your core technical and employability skills.
  • Work towards specific learning goals, which will be developed by your tutor/work placement coordinator and the employer before you start your placement. Your
    progress will be reviewed at regular review meetings with your tutor and placement manager.

If you are currently working part time in a paid or non-paid job which is relevant to your course and career aspirations, then you may be able to use this place of work for your placement if your employer agrees. There would still be a need for our assessors to visit to ensure competency.

Your industry placement is a great way to put your learning into practice and develop your technical skills and knowledge for the industry your placement is in. The placement is a great way to make you stand out after you have completed your course and is an important addition to your CV. It will help you to:

  • Gain the experience of being in a workplace setting.
  • Step out of your comfort zone and build confidence through interacting with professionals and meeting new people.
  • Identify what sort of job you would like to do, and what sort of organisation you would like to work for.
  • Build your network in the industry, connecting you with people who can give you advice and help you to find future jobs.
  • Potentially secure a job or apprenticeship with the employer after you have completed your college course.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout your course, including controlled assessments, external exams, an employer-led set project, and practical assignments. this all contributes to your final overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. If you have to resit an exam you may have to pay a fee. If this happens your tutor will explain what to do at the time.

What you need for your course and costs

On all courses you will need basic stationery such as pens, pencils, writing paper and folders. Some of your learning will be online so you will need a suitable laptop or other device to support your studies.

While there is no tuition fee for these courses, we do charge you a contribution towards covering the costs of materials and specialist equipment you will use on the course. The cost for each course is detailed below. We have a Learner Support Fund which can help to pay for these for people who earn below a certain amount.

Construction 

For construction T levels courses the material fee is £300* for the two years, and this is payable at enrolment. You will also need to buy PPE (personal protective equipment) to make sure that you are safe while working and studying (approximately £35), as well as toolkits to use in our workshops and on your industry placement (approximately £50).

Digital 

The material fee for the Digital T levels courses this is £120* for the two years, and this is payable at enrolment.

Education and Childcare 

For the Education and Childcare T level courses this is £30* for the two years, and this is payable at enrolment.

Health and Science

For the Health and Science T level the material fee is £30* per year and is payable at enrolment for each year.

You will need to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to work with children and vulnerable adults. A DBS check normally costs £44, but for students between 16-18 we will cover this cost for you.

This is a professional programme and all settings expect staff to wear a uniform. All T level health and science students will wear a uniform in both college and placement. This consists of the pathways medical tunic, black trousers (not leggings), black shoes.

There will also be a need to purchase a laboratory coat and safety goggles. Further details on uniform requirements are available from the workplace coordinator or programme lead. In terms of cost, tunics are £17.99 each, lab coats £19.20 and goggles are £12*.

 

*prices correct December 2020 but may be subject to change.