New vocational qualification, T-Levels, to be taught at technical college in the Royal Docks

Geoffrey Fowler, founding principal of the London Design and Engineering UTC. Picture: LDE UTC

Geoffrey Fowler, founding principal of the London Design and Engineering UTC. Picture: LDE UTC - Credit: Archant

A college in Newham is one of 52 in the country to be teaching the new T-Level.

On Sunday, it was announced that the London Design & Engineering Technical College in the Royal Docks would be providing the new qualification.

T-Levels will be equivalent to A-Levels, but based on more vocational subjects.

Courses in construction, digital, and education and childcare will be taught from September 2020. From 2021, a further 22 courses in finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative and design will be rolled out.

Like A-Levels, they will be based in a classroom but courses will include a compulsary work placement.

Those entering Year 10 in September will be the first eligible to choose T-Levels, with studies beginning once they’ve finished their GCSEs.

T-Levels were brought in following a 2016 report from Lord David Sainsbury, which claimed that there weren’t enough technical qualifications which provided skills valued by employers.