T Levels are ideal for students who have a specific career goal, but also enjoy an academic route. In combination with time in college students complete 750 hours on an industry placement to equip them with the skills and knowledge businesses are looking for in employees.
T Level student Milly Hatfield chose the course specifically for this reason as she wants to work supporting children with SEND and behavioral difficulties in the future. She said “I loved going on placement, meeting the children and being able to put into practice everything I’d learnt. It gave a great insight into what working in education is like.”
Busy Bees Nursery in Beverley has had T Level placement students working alongside them since 2021, where they have been able to experience and explore all the nursery’s early years provision. Director Beth Skinner was incredibly impressed with the standard of students working alongside the team on placement - from the skills they brought to their placements, to their burgeoning confidence, to how they have developed as education and childcare professionals during their time at the nursery.
Beth commented “Seeing the progress the students make is the best part of supporting T Level placements. It's amazing to see and we are very proud of them.”
The students who have completed the course this Summer are moving onto a wide range of destinations. Some are going straight into industry in roles such as Teaching Assistant in a primary school, whilst others are progressing to higher education with degree level study in Teaching and Youth Studies and Criminology.
T Level Second Year Course Manager Rachael Chapman said “The students have been on a tremendous journey. From being amongst the first nationally to experience and study a T-Level, to having started the course during a pandemic. They have taken everything in their stride and worked exceptionally hard. It was fantastic to be able to take a moment to celebrate and reflect on all of their achievements. We are so proud of them and where they are moving onto in the future.”
With over 20 T Level options available for students nationwide, Bishop Burton launched T Levels with the Education and Childcare qualification in 2020, added Health in 2021 and are excited to introduce a further T Level qualification in Management and Administration in September.
Chief Executive and Principal Bill Meredith remarked
“We see T Levels as a fantastic route for young people to build and develop both their academic and vocational skills - readying them for a long and successful career. It is tremendous to see the very first students nationally to embark on this rewarding course fulfil their potential.
He continues to say, "T Levels continue to be a key component of the college’s long-term vision for preparing students for a specific occupation and we are committed to the roll-out of T Levels across a wide range of subject areas.”
Bishop Burton is currently accepting admissions for T-Levels September. To find out more about the full course provision please www.bishopburton.ac.uk