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What Are T Levels?: Everything you need to know

As they are still relatively new, many people are still asking, “What are T levels?” 

It is understandable that this still isn’t completely understood as they launched towards the end of 2020 and there have been some obstacles in getting them off the ground – primarily due to COVID-19. In this blog post we intend to cover what T levels are and what we can do to help in the process of delivering them. 

Before diving straight in, allow us to first introduce ourselves and provide some credentials. We’re Munday + Cramer, a multi-service firm with over 40 years of experience in the architecture and construction industry. Along the way, we have helped hundreds of schools, colleges, and universities gain vital funding for critical works. No matter the size of your project, we’re here to help! 

What are T Level’s?

T Levels are a new type of educational course, usually taken between the ages of 16-18 in place of regular A levels. These are equivalent to 3 A Levels but take a more practical approach to learning. They are 2-year courses and allow learners to gain skills within the specific industries they would like to enter. They combine learning within a school or college setting with a minimum of 315 hours of work in a professional placement.  

When googling ‘what are T Levels’ and looking at some other information on the topic, it could be easy to confuse this type of course with an apprenticeship. Nevertheless, the two are very different, with T Levels offering more in-classroom learning. Meanwhile, the latter option is composed of 80% on-the-job learning and 20% off-the-job. Apprenticeships are better suited to those who are ready for the world of work and wish to earn a wage whilst they study.  

When were T Levels introduced?

Introduced in September 2020, the scheme initially rolled out 3 T Level courses. Since then, a further 13 have been added to the curriculum and 7 more are set to be launched in September 2023. These courses are available at selected colleges in England, with the wider view of growing this scheme in years to come. Current available courses include the likes of Education and Childcare, Health and Science, Engineering and Manufacturing, and Business and Administration.  

How can Munday + Cramer help?

It’s all very well having the intention to offer these new courses but in order to do so, you need to have the right infrastructure. For example, if you’re going to provide a course in Health and Beauty, you’re going to want to build a functioning salon as a part of your facilities. This is the best way for learners to prepare themselves for the world of work.  

Based in South Woodham Ferrers, Munday + Cramer are trained architects. What’s more, we also specialise is project management, facilities, procurement, surveying, and bid writing too. In other words, we have experts on hand to help with every element of this new venture.  

Funding for T Levels

As of 22nd November, the applications for TLCF (T Levels Capital Fund) opened. This funding scheme was created to aid education facilities in providing these kinds of courses. The deadline for new bids is on the 3rd February 2023, giving only a handful of weeks to finalise your applications. Decisions will then be made, and colleges will be notified of the outcome in summer 2023.  

Struggling with your application form? Feeling out of your depth? The team here at Munday + Cramer are extremely experienced when it comes to bid writing and have helped hundreds of schools and colleges with their projects. Should you need us, we’re happy to lend a helping hand! 

Contacting Munday + Cramer 

 Still wondering ‘what are T Levels’ or have a follow-up questions? Why not get in touch with one of our professionals? To reach a member of the Munday + Cramer team, give us a call today on 01245 326 200 or click here