Digital included in first wave of T level courses
New technical qualification to be taught from 2020 will be ‘as rigorous and respected as A levels’, education secretary pledges
Digital will be among the first tranche of subjects to be featured in the new T levels, with courses taught from 2020.
T levels are technical qualifications that will be taught to students aged between 16 and 19. The government’s aim is to simplify the technical education options on offer to school-leavers, and elevate their status to give them parity with academic courses of study.
A total of 15 T levels will be launched, with the first three subjects – digital, construction, and education and childcare – to be taught from 2020. The remaining courses, including health and science, hair and beauty, and agriculture, environmental and animal care, will all commence by 2022.
- Former GDS staffer Mark O’Neill named chief digital officer at Department for Education
- Interview: Inside one further education college’s virtual desktop revolution
- Department for Education axes school spelling test after it was leaked online
Each of the 15 T level areas are dubbed ‘routes’, within which students can home in on various specialisms. All courses contain work placements, and a handful – including social care, and transport and logistics – will consist primarily of on-the-job learning through apprenticeships.
A number of commercial enterprises will have a hand in designing to course content, including representatives from technology firms such as IBM, Fujitsu, and Autodesk.
Education secretary Justine Greening said: “We are transforming technical education in this country, developing our homegrown talent so that our young people have the world-class skills and knowledge that employers need.”
She added: “As part of making sure that the technical education ladder reaches every bit as high as the academic one, I want to see T levels that are as rigorous and respected as A levels.”
Department issues contract notice seeking external supplier for two-year contract to install unified communications environment
The relaunched annual GDS event shone a light on the government’s key digital-transformation strategies and initiatives for the coming months and years. PublicTechnology went along to...
Existing operations chief to switch to post heading up organisation’s Brexit team
GPs across England to get tool to help direct patients to hospitals with sufficient capacity
BT argues that the digital age requires a certain level of trust in technology. But how can we establish this and still make the most of digital transformation?
BT's Mike Pannell argues that organisations should get rid of data they no longer need
BT's Mike Pannell on why any organisation that holds personal data should have a compliance strategy in place
Sean Luke, BT's CIO for the Universities Sector, on the strange parallels between GDPR readiness and grief