New College BBC Wiltshire radio interview: The new T Levels

21 Jan 2021

Adam Fahey, New College's Deputy Principal, was interviewed live on the James Thomas show on BBC Wiltshire on Wednesday January 20th about the new T Levels.

Adam provided an overview of what the new qualifications are and how they work. They are a vocational alternative to A levels; a full two year qualification offering students 80% classroom time learning the skills that employers need and 20% time undertaking an industry placement in order to put the skills they have learnt into action.

Adam went on to say:

"T Levels have been designed by panels of employers, amongst others, and the key has been to relate them to the requirements of a particular workplace environment or industry sector. They are very, very focused on the skills that you need to be successful in the workplace."

We are the first provider of these in Swindon and Wiltshire. We are about to launch an intensive local marketing campaign in the Swindon area in February, involving press, social media, digital and leaflets into schools. We will be offering four T levels: Digital Design, Production and Development; Health; Education and Childcare and Laboratory Sciences. We have had a raft of applications for all four."

The Department for Education has provided funding for the planning and development of the T Levels over the last two years, including the arrangement of the industry placements which are 45 days duration. There is also capital funding to invest in physical resources across both campuses at Queens Drive and North Star, so that the College can offer state of the art resources.

You can hear the full radio interview here: from 2 hours and 10 minutes onwards.