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T Levels at Farnborough College of Technology

We will soon be one of the first colleges in the country to offer technical levels (T Levels) – an alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships.

T Levels available in 2020 are:

Visit an Open Event to find out more about your choice of T Levels, as well as our A Levels, BTECs, Vocational Courses and Apprenticeships. See your full range of options with us here.

What are T Levels?

T Levels are new two-year, technical programmes designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They are equivalent to three A Levels and can lead to university.

From 2020, they will give students aged 16 to 18 a technical alternative to A Levels and will help them to get a skilled job. T Levels will provide a mixture of:

  • Technical knowledge and practical skills specific to their chosen industry or occupation
  • An industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation
  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills
  • Common workplace skills

Students who achieve a T Level will get a certificate recognised nationally by employers which will set out what they have achieved as part of the programme.

Why Farnborough College of Technology?

For Outstanding Quality

We are a great choice for students considering their post-16 options, especially as an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ college that has been selected as one of only 16 further education colleges in the UK to introduce T Levels, thanks to our excellent links with industry. We are also the only college to be accredited by the University of Surrey, who we work with to teach degrees.

For Modern Facilities

The College has recently had a number of building projects take place that will enrich students’ experiences with us, including the introduction of our new Emerging Technology Centre, the completion of University Centre Farnborough, and refurbishment of our engineering facilities. We are also redeveloping our digital (IT) and early years teaching spaces to create even more up-to-date facilities where T Levels will be taught.

For Degrees Under One Roof

We also teach degrees at University Centre Farnborough, meaning students also have to option to stay with us for their degree. This means many of our teachers lecture at degree-level, giving our students even more insight into their options.

For Life after College

We will help you with your next steps after college, from applying for an apprenticeship or university-level course, to launching your dream career. Our Learner Services team do such a good job of this they achieved ‘Matrix Accreditation’ to recognise their high standards of support given to students!

To Get Involved

From robotics to sports and working as a student ambassador, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy and enrich your college experience. Every Wednesday afternoon all students can take part in any activity they choose, and can also become Student Ambassadors by helping the College at open days and parents’ evenings.

For Support When You Need it

We want to make sure you are healthy and happy while at college. This could be through our confidential counselling service, student health adviser, additional learning support team or weekly tutorials.

“The environment is nice and the teachers are very friendly. I like the fact that we have tutorial sessions that help you with catching up with work and things you might be behind in. I think the college is really well structured in terms of help for students.” – Mohi

For Competition

Our students love competitions, whether it is a national culinary competition or becoming Electrical Apprentice of the Year! We will encourage all students to be their best and show others the progress they have made.

“I’ve taken part in many competitions during the course which has helped me progress in my career, network with top chefs and get a new job.” – Frazier

For Industry Links

We work with lots of employers to ensure that you are learning the skills that will be needed for the workplace of the future.

This is done through: Industry Boards, where employers discuss their needs and skills gaps with the college; Placement Partnerships with employers, which are paving the way for the new T Level qualifications; and Enterprise Advisers, who update the college on developments in their industry.