Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is delighted to be part of the second wave of further education providers that will deliver T Levels from 2021, as announced by the Department of Education today.
T Levels will offer a high-quality technical alternative to A Levels. These new 2 year courses will be launched in a first wave in September 2020 and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. They will combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – where students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment. Courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and RuTC will offer T Levels in Digital, Construction, Education & Childcare and Health & Science.
Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, said, “Everyone agrees that a radical shake-up of technical and vocational education in this country is long overdue. T Levels are our chance to do that – offering young people high-quality alternatives to our world-class A Levels from September 2020.”
“The second wave of post-16 providers we have announced today demonstrates our commitment to making this happen. They will play an important role in ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future.”
“I’m also pleased to confirm today the details of how we will fund providers to deliver T Levels, and that we are making an additional £3.75 million available to the first T Level providers to support them to develop and offer high-quality courses for every student from 2020.”
RuTC Principal and CEO, Robin Ghurbhurun, said, “We are proud that Richmond upon Thames College has been confirmed as one of 64 Further Education providers to be chosen for the second wave of the new T Levels from 2021. This is a very exciting opportunity for the college, placing us at the forefront of technical education delivery in the region.”
“Our position as an early adopter of T Level delivery aligns precisely to the considerable investment in our new campus, with our revitalised careers mapped curriculum, presenting our students with a highly attractive opportunity to achieve industry endorsed qualifications and experience, that really will prepare them for tomorrow’s careers.”