T Levels are new courses introduced in September 2020 which follow GCSEs and are 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: Building Services is a two-year course and is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in building services engineering, architecture, construction design, building information management, building or quantity surveying, site management, construction project management, site engineering and civil 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.
A highly commended former Derby College apprentice is starting university and building towards a career as an architectural technologist. Twenty-year-old Hannah Mountford said the coursework at college suited her learning style and the Roundhouse environment boosted her confidence.
Hannah took a Level 3 BTEC and Level 3 NVQ in Construction and the Built Environment as part of her apprenticeship at an architectural consultancy, in her hometown of Leek, in Staffordshire. Not only did she pass with a double distinction*, she was also highly commended as a second year student in the college's Peak Awards.
Hannah's Peak Award citation praised her work as being at "a level far in advance of that expected for a second year apprentice – completing some outstanding designs and plans." Her distinction *s provided a strong basis to help land a place at the University of Derby, where she will study architectural technology part-time. A trainee architectural technician, Hannah now works at Hewitt & Carr Architects, in Cheadle, Staffordshire.
Doing my A-Levels, I got top marks for ICT but I wasn't that happy with my English Literature, because I made mistakes in the exam. I'm not so good at exams but my BTEC was all course work, so I was much happier with that. College helped me a lot. I enjoyed it and it helped my confidence.
As I achieved a double distinction* at college, I've been accepted into the University of Derby to study architectural technology, on day release, alongside my work. In the future, when I graduate, I'm aiming to be a qualified architectural technologist and progress to become TCIAT/MCIAT industry qualified.
I'd like to continue in the same practice, though. I'm happy where I am.