Farnborough College of Technology is welcoming the government announcement that its new employer-led qualifications will generate the same number of University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) points as A-Levels.
The range of new courses has been designed by employers and are absolutely career-focused, giving students stronger job prospects while addressing the country’s skills shortage.
Farnborough is one of the few pioneering colleges in the country selected by government to lead on the introduction of T-Levels. This means that students finishing their GCSEs in 2020 will have the option to study either Childcare, Assisting Teaching, or Digital (IT) T-Level qualifications with the College, ahead of most other institutions in the country.
T-Level and A-Level students with top grades will now have the same number of UCAS points to unlock their place at university.
The College is working with a number of local employers to deliver the new qualifications, which involves 20% of students’ learning to take place while on an industry placement.
Principal & CEO Virginia Barrett said:
“This is great news for our future T-Level students. They will be among the first to choose between direct employment with 315 hours of experience under their belt, an apprenticeship, or higher education with the same credit as their A-Level friends. It is especially positive for our local community since we also teach degrees at University Centre Farnborough, providing students with a fantastic progression pathway all on one campus.”
The College has been awarded £767k to support the innovative qualifications with new Centres of Excellence for Digital and Childcare being created.
Students currently in Year 11 who choose Farnborough College of Technology will be the first to study T-Levels. Further T-Level courses will be launched in 2021 and 2022. Applications are due to open in October. Staff at the College are also delighted to welcome students to the new Emerging Technology Centre, part-funded by the M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, and due to open this September.