Director of Qualifications and Assessment at NCFE Zac Aldridge talks about innovative ‘T Levels’, the equivalent of A Levels to complete their launch in 2023
Launched in September of 2020, the T Level offers a practical alternative to the traditional A Level. A technical qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels, students benefit from a mixture of classroom based lessons and on the job experience, the courses included on the programme designed to meet the needs of our 21st century, post pandemic work force. Created in partnership with awarding organisation NCFE, 3 T Levels were made available from 2020 – Digital production, Design and Development/design, Surveying and Planning for Construction and Education and Childcare, with a further 7 launched in September of 2021 – Building Services Engineering for Construction/Digital business Services/Digital Support and Services/Health/Health Science/Onsite Construction/Science. The rest to be launched in 2022/2023, this including a course in craft and design. With some of the courses still currently being developed, NCFE’s Director of Qualifications and Assessment Zac Aldridge tells us more about designing the innovative courses!
Hi Zac, in your role at an awarding organisation who has developed several innovative T Level qualifications, as a technical equivalent to the A Level – how does it feel to be a part of this pioneering initiative?
We’ve heard first hand from students undergoing T Levels who couldn’t be more complimentary about their experiences, all stating that they would thoroughly recommend their T Levels and the practical skills and valuable workplace experience that they’ve gained from them. Two of our students from a college in the north east have spoken at high profile events – ours and others – explaining why T Levels were the right course for them. They particularly like the industry placement, which allows them to spend a much longer time gaining work experience that on other courses – the taste for the roles available that they gained from their placements are invaluable for them.