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.
The moment Jamie Wasley sat down to start his sixth form studies, he realised a further two years in the classroom was not for him. He didn’t go back for day two. Instead he got himself an apprenticeship with a local builder and enrolled with Derby College. Now, aged 27, Jamie is an award winning former bricklayer, a buildings inspector, and he is poised to become a chartered surveyor.
He has special praise for Derby College which supported him when he began to fall behind while halfway through his Level 3 Construction Diploma. There were good reasons. Jamie suffered a broken jaw in an unprovoked attack and underwent three months of painful treatment.
As part of Level 3, apprentices are required to show a range of brickwork skills by making separate pieces over a period of time, and he was struggling to get them done. But his lecturers helped him design one “masterpiece” which he built featuring all the aspects he needed – an arch, a chimney stack, a curved wall, stilts and more. He said the staff were “brilliant” and helped him through the dark times.
Jamie went from strength-to-strength, winning both the College’s and the East Midlands’ SkillBuild competitions, before finishing third in the World Championship SkillBuild event in Birmingham. And because of his commitment, he was awarded a £1,000 Bowmer and Kirkland Bursary by the College. Jamie passed his Level 2 and 3 construction diplomas with distinctions and in parallel took his Level 2 NVQ Trowel Occupations and Level 3 NVQ Brickwork (Advanced Craft).
Having worked with a local builder, Jamie was head hunted by building surveyors JHAI Ltd where he is now a buildings inspector and 18 months away from qualifying as a chartered surveyor. He intends to “get as good as I can be” and perhaps specialise. He is also considering going on to become a college lecturer to support teenagers who have practical rather than academic strengths.
"At college you learn the skills and intricate details you need, especially on Level 3.
"The biggest thing I found is it gives you a place to practise. When you get to site it's not practice, you're building and it's staying up. You've got to stand back and be happy with it.
"The big thing about college was the lecturers were brilliant, "not "yes, sir", "no sir." They taught you stuff you needed to know.
"You notice yourself becoming more useful at work. You learn something and then you can apply it."