Macclesfield College is delighted to confirm that it has been officially announced as one of the third wave of FE providers chosen by the Department for Education to deliver the T-Levels across England, from September 2022.

Originally announced by former Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds in June 2019, T-Levels have been designed to be the technical alternative to A-Levels.

Lasting two years, T-Levels combine theoretical, classroom-based study, practical learning and a substantial industry placement of at least 315 hours with a local employer working in partnership with selected FE providers, such as Macclesfield College.

Coming into effect in September 2020, the first wave of T-Level provision will deliver post-16, technical qualifications in construction, digital production design & development and education and childcare, with a further seven courses – including three in science and health – being introduced to the national curriculum, again through selected FE providers, in September 2021.

A total of 18 T-Levels will be delivered nationwide from September 2022 onwards, with a further seven courses – including agriculture, environment & animal care, catering, creative & media and hair & beauty – being rolled out nationwide by the Department for Education and selected providers, from academic year 2023-24.

Macclesfield College will be offering T-Levels to 16-19 learners with the requisite GCSEs from September 2022. These new qualifications have been designed with industry experts to ensure students have the skills they need to thrive in the workplace, and give businesses the workforce they need to succeed. As part of the overall delivery, the College will be supporting the participating regional employers offering the industry placements.

Learners who complete their T-Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. They will also have several different progression options open to them including skilled employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.

Speaking at the announcement of the third wave of T-Level providers – which includes Macclesfield College – the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson said: “Now, more than ever, it’s vital that young people across the country have access to high-quality technical education to provide them with the skills they need to succeed, and to supply employers with the workforce they need for the future.

“This third wave of further education providers will help us supercharge the roll-out of these new and pioneering qualifications and it’s fantastic to have them all on board. They will play a part in a unique opportunity to shape the lives of thousands of young people.”

“To be chosen as an official T-Level provider is wonderful news for us all, here at Macclesfield College,” concludes the College’s Principal and Chief Executive, Rachel Kay. “T-Levels are centred on optimising the delivery of technical education throughout the country and, from our point view, they will help us to reinforce our position as a leading FE, apprenticeships and training provider here in East Cheshire.”