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T Level

Are you ready for the next level? Starting from September 2022, EDC will start offering T-Levels, an exciting new range of courses combining together vocational study with extended industry work placements.

What are T Levels?

So what exactly are these exciting new qualifications?

Basically, a T Level is a new type of course you can study when you come to college, available for those aged 16-19.

A T-Level programme combines together the practical and theory study you'd get on a normal vocational course with an extended industry work experience placement, giving you a taste of real work alongside your college course.

That means that those who leave college with a T Level qualification are in a fantastic position to move onto other things, whether you go directly into work or onto further study at university.

You can get a taste of what T Levels are all about by watching the short video below.

T Levels - Welcome to the Next Level

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Equivalent to 3 A Levels

You've probably heard all about A Levels - they're the academic route traditionally promoted to people when they come out of school, and are designed to prepare you for university.

T Levels are just like A Levels, except they focus on a specific subject area, building your vocational skills in that area while you put them into practice on your work placement.

Better still, at the end of your T Level course programme you'll have the equivalent of 3 A Levels, giving you the UCAS points you need to potentially go on to a wide range of further study at university after you leave East Durham College.

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45+ Days Industry Placement

The main way T Levels differ from A Levels is that an essential part of the course is an extended industry placement which must take place over at least 45 days.

In short, that means that you'll be studying at college, but you'll also be given time to actually go to work and put into practice what you've learned at college!

It's kinda like doing an apprenticeship, but combines together more regular study at college with all of that essential industry experience.

Your placement must be at least 45 days when you're studying T Levels, but it could be even longer depending on your agreement with the employer you go to work for.

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80% College, 20% Work

A T Level course programme combines together the very best of college with the experience of work.

As we previously mentioned, they're a bit like apprenticeships, except they include a much larger portion of classroom-based study than an apprenticeship would. This means that you're getting excellent tuition from highly experienced lecturers alongside amazing support from the industry professionals on your work placement.

It really is the best of both worlds, and the idea with T Levels is you leave us ready for work, further study and feel prepared for an exciting career in your chosen subject.

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At EDC, we offer the following T Level options:

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For general full time or part time course enquiries, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.