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T Level in Management and Administration (Year 1)

With a huge focus on vocational skills designed to help you into skilled employment, higher education or an apprenticeship, T Levels in Business are new courses to be introduced in September 2022.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

If you are considering a career in the management and administration sector, then this is the qualification for you.

With a huge focus on vocational skills designed to help you into skilled employment, higher education or an apprenticeship, T Levels in Business are new courses to be introduced in September 2022. 

As an alternative to A-levels, apprenticeships and other 16-19 courses, T Levels are equivalent to three A-levels and include a mix of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ in-depth experience via an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).  This not only gives you valuable work experience but also gives employers an insight into a new talent pipeline.

T Levels are based on the same standards as apprenticeships, designed by employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.  You will study over two years and develop the core knowledge and skills that are essential for progressing to a range of management and administration occupations.

As part of this programme, you will participate in tutorial sessions and join our Business Employment and Skills Academy which has outstanding links with – and support from – businesses operating in different sectors.

The T Level in Management and Administration – Team Leadership/Management pathway, provides you with the invaluable opportunity to put your learning, knowledge, and skills into practice in a real workplace environment. Industry placements also give employers a unique opportunity to develop new talent and help you become work ready.  With core studies that cover; the business context, people, business behaviours, quality and compliance,  finance principles, policies and procedures as well as project and change management, this programme will fully prepare you for employment, apprenticeship or higher education. 

The Team Leadership/Management occupational specialism will allow you to build on the skills, knowledge, and behaviours from the core studies and develop these within the specialism of Team Leadership/Management.

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You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a career in business and management.   An offer of a place on the course will depend on your qualifications and a successful interview. You will need one of the following:

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English (5) and Maths (5).
  • A Level 2 vocational qualification or equivalent in a related subject, such as Business or Business Administration, to a Merit or Distinction grade. The candidate should also have GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above.

This technical qualification has been developed to include the following competency framework:

  • Business and Commercial Awareness including understanding organisational structures
  • Project Management including carrying out a project
  • Communication including developing communication plans
  • Collaborative Working including integrating stakeholders into their business
  • Problem Solving including undertaking cost-benefit analysis and benchmarking using KPI’s
  • Undertaking research including using PESTLE and SWOT analysis techniques.
  • Reflective Practice

The T-Level is split into two elements: The core knowledge, and the Occupational Specialism and is split over two years

Year 1 will focus on the core knowledge  and includes:

Business Context

  • Types of organisations and the environment in which they operate. 
  • How size, purpose and sector have an impact on organisations.  
  • The economic, social and environmental impacts on organisations. 
  • Legal entity types that organisations can form. 
  • Organisational objectives and strategies for achieving them. 
  • The different forms of governance that operate in organisations.  
  • The main legislative and regulatory frameworks that apply to organisations. 
  • Different types of internal and external stakeholders and customers 
  • Impacts if current and emerging digital technologies.


  • The legislation which governs the employee lifecycle
  • The ways in which different types of organisations ensure that they have the right people to meet their business aims including through deploying different recruitment channels and employment contracts
  • The value and benefits of an equal, diverse, and inclusive workforce to an organisation.
  • The importance and impact of employee well-being and resilience in organisations
  • Different approaches to the way people are managed.
  • Approaches used by organisations to ensure that individuals develop the skills they need to contribute effectively to the organisation and its changing needs
  • Team working and methods of working as part of a team

Quality and Compliance

  • The importance of maintaining and improving quality in all aspects of public and private sector organisations
  • How quality is measured in different sectors through quality standards.
  • The role of regulatory bodies and inspections.


  • Common terms used in financial reporting.  
  • The role and purpose of financial reporting 
  • Sources of finance for different types of organisations.
  • Different forms of expenditure.
  • How revenue and expenditure (including cash and profit) are tracked and controlled

Policies and Procedures

  • Policies and Procedures 5.1 How organisations develop policies and procedures and why.
  • Establishing and Monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Project and Change Management

  • Drivers of organisational change.
  • Reasons why organisations need to make continuous improvements and innovations.
  • Common change management theories and models.
  • Project management methodologies and approaches.
  • Project management tools and approaches.
  • How to support and improve projects through research, evidence, and evaluation methods

Business Behaviours

  • The importance of good communication and adapting social communication styles to professional standards according to purpose, medium and audience 
  • The importance of self-management approaches.  
  • The importance of individuals adapting their behaviour to the expectations and policies of the organisation including through compliance with codes of conduct and ethics
  • The importance of acting with integrity and building trust with stakeholders and colleagues.

 Year 2 will focus on the occupational specialism – Team Leadership/Management 

The purpose of this specialism is for students to know and undertake team leadership and  management work. 

Students will develop:

  • Knowledge of effective leadership when leading teams and individuals 
  • Knowledge of organisational strategy, vision and values  
  • Skills in planning and implementing change 
  • Skills in project management 
  • Skills in developing and maintaining a high performing team

Once completed , students will be able to:

  • Lead, manage and develop individuals and teams to deliver outcomes 
  • Build relationships with colleagues, customers and stakeholders 
  • Deliver core operational tasks and plans 
  • Manage and implement projects 
  • Apply governance and compliance requirements

The course aims to give you a broad education that includes skills beyond the qualification, which will form a good foundation for moving forward into employment within a business or Higher Education.

This course will be delivered on-site at the Roundhouse.

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 block release, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.

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.

  • Two externally set exams covering knowledge from the Management and Administration core content
  • One employer-set project covering knowledge and skills from the Management and Administration core content
  • One externally set assignment covering content from the occupational specialism

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:

  • an overall pass grade for the T Level, shown as Pass, Merit or Distinction
  • a separate grade for the occupational specialism, shown as Pass, Merit or Distinction
  • a separate grade for the core component, using grades A* to E
  • details of the industry placement

Further Study

This course allows for progression to an appropriate Level 4, 5 or 6 Business or Business-related qualification.

A T Level is a nationally recognised qualification that is worth the same number of UCAS points as three A-levels.

Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, progression to a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship in the appropriate specialist pathway could be possible.


  • Business Management
  • Team Leading
  • Supervision
  • Shift Management
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Leadership and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Customer Relations/Customer Service
  • Enterprise/Entrepreneurship

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Management Consultants and Business Analysts


Management Consultants and Business Analysts

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Business and Related Associate Professionals


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Business Sales Executives


Business Sales Executives

Sales Accounts and Business Development Managers


Sales Accounts and Business Development Managers

Business and Financial Project Management Professionals


Business and Financial Project Management Professionals

Marketing Associate Professionals


Marketing Associate Professionals

Other Administrative Occupations


Other Administrative Occupations

Business and Related Research Professionals


Business and Related Research Professionals

Business, Research and Administrative Professionals


Business, Research and Administrative Professionals

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 15, 2024 3:29 pm