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T Levels are new Advanced Level 3 courses, which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. T Levels are well suited to those with an idea of the career they aspire to. These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.

Every T Level includes an industry placement with an employer, focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Industry placements will make up around 20% of the course, with the student spending about 80% of their time in the classroom. We expect the total time for a T Level to be around 1,800 hours over the two years, including the industry placement. Students will develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the Art & Craft sector, including:

  • the creative economy
  • the individual in the creative industries
  • cultural context and vocabulary
  • audience and consumer needs
  • legal and regulatory requirements
  • professional standards and conduct in the work place
  • equality, diversity and inclusion requirements
  • project methodology and administration

Structure of a T Level

T Level courses include the following compulsory elements:

  • core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
  • specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer

In addition to the core content, students will also complete at least one module of ocupation-specific content. The four specialisms available are:

  • Occupational Specialism: Jewellery Maker
  • Occupational Specialism: Ceramics Maker
  • Occupational Specialism: Furniture Maker
  • Occupational Specialism: Textile and Fashion Maker

Course Essentials

Courses Available
T Level
Entry Requirements

PLUS
Grade 5 in GCSE Art, Textiles or Design Technology
OR

Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Art & Design

If GCSE Art or Technology have not been taken, suitably qualified students with a good portfolio of work will be considered.
How The Course Is Assessed

Core knowledge is assessed through an examination and core skills through a practical employer-set project.

Students who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. They will get a nationally recognised certificate which will show their overall grade and a breakdown of what they have achieved.

The T Level certificate will include:

  • an overall grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*
  • a separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
  • a separate grade for each occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction
It will also confirm that the student has completed the industry placement and met any additional mandatory requirements.
Career Pathways

T Levels provide several progression options to students. These include skilled employment, apprenticeships and higher education. To help T Level students get into higher education, UCAS tariff points will be allocated to the overall T Level grade.

Career routes include: Jewellery designer/ maker, silversmith, ceramics designer, furniture designer/maker, cabinet maker, craft woodworker, dressmaker, seamstress, tailor, wardrobe assistant, fashion design assistant.
Transferable Skills
Working collaboratively with others, undertaking research, generating and communicating ideas, reflective practice
Enquiries To
Rob Macdonald: rom@varndean.ac.uk