T Levels are new courses to be introduced in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to three A-levels. These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for working life.
T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
The T-Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning is a two-year course and is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in architecture, construction design, building information management, building or quantity surveying, site management, construction project management, site engineering, civil engineering and building services engineering.
You will participate in tutorial sessions and join our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy which has outstanding links with - and support from - numerous local construction companies including contractors, architects, building services firms, civil engineers and structural engineers.
There are specialist pathways for Year 2 available in ‘Design Surveying and Planning’ and ‘Civil Engineering’.
For more information on the T Level, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels/introduction-of-t-levels
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a professional construction role. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your achieved qualifications and successful interview. You will need one of the following:
Maths is a critical element of this programme and is embedded in many of the units taken. Those accepted on the course with the older grade (C) in Maths must be able to demonstrate higher grade C ability – an additional assessment of suitability will need to be taken.
T Level courses will feature a technical qualification, which will include
Year 2 – Specialist pathway
Every T Level will include an industry placement with an employer, focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.
Students who pass all the elements of their T Level will gain a nationally recognised certificate showing an overall grade of pass, merit or distinction. It will also set out the details of what students have achieved on the course.
The T Level certificate will include:
We have a dress code of a uniform shirt (with the Derby College Group Professional Construction logo) smart trousers/skirt, and sensible work shoes (not trainers).
You will also need to purchase various items of equipment, including safety boots for site visits and technical drawing equipment. The purchase of appropriate books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists. There may also be a request for contributions to trips and visits as part of our Employment and Skills Academy activities.
This course allows for progression to the appropriate Level 4, 5 or 6 Construction qualification.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, progression to a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship in the appropriate specialist pathway could be possible.
Former Derby College Peak Award-winner Suzanne Butler is half way to an honours degree as she builds a career as an architect.
Twenty-year-old Suzanne is currently an architectural technician with Derby-based Morrison Design. She is also in the third year of a six-year part-time BA Honours degree course in Architecture at the University of Lincoln.
As a Derby College student, she managed to complete both years of her Professional Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma in just 12 months. And in recognition of her achievement – she also gained three distinction stars – Suzanne was named Construction Learner of the Year and Learner of the Year at the college’s Peak Awards.
The teenager had previously landed an apprenticeship through Derby College with Derby-based Morrison Design and had been studying, part-time, for a construction diploma. But to ensure she had enough UCAS points to allow her to go to university, she dropped the apprenticeship and switched to the full-time course. Suzanne wrapped up the course in 12 months, while she worked with Morrison.
I did Year One and Year Two in the same year and I enjoyed the course very much. I just got it done.
It was very good for me – it got me into work and put me on the right path for my career, to eventually become an architect.
The lecturers were very helpful. They’ve come from the industry and they have the practical knowledge to support when the learners need assistance.
In the future I’d like to go on to take a Masters which is the second part of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) qualifications which I need.