Students talk to TV news team about T Level hopes

19th August 2021

The BBC has been talking to our students about the appeal of T Levels.

For many students this year, T Levels, rather than A levels, will represent the next stage of their educational journey.

The recently introduced, two year qualifications provide an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other courses for 16-19 year olds.

Developed in collaboration with businesses, they are tailored to meet the needs of industry and consist of a mixture of classroom studies and ‘on-the-job’ experience.

Practical benefits

It is this vocational focus that appeals to Melissa McLeod, who is looking forward to starting her T Level in Health at Leeds City College this year. 

Melissa was one of three students who came into the college’s Printworks campus on GCSE results day to talk to a BBC News film crew about their decision to go the T Level route.

She told them: “I was signed up to four A levels at a couple of different colleges then I heard about T Levels and decided that the practical side appealed to me more than sitting in a classroom all day.

“I’m hoping that I can either work as a mental health supporter or a midwife.”

Valuable work experience

For fellow students and interviewees, Dylan Coen and Neve Hunter, it was also the practical emphasis of T Levels – and their use of work placements – that really appealed.

Neve will be taking up a Health Science and Social Care T Level with a view to going on to work as a nurse, either in the NHS or the British Army.

She said: “I’d been studying A levels for the past year but I decided to make a change.

“I did quite a lot of research and came across T Levels. The thing that really intrigues me about them is the industry placements that you get – during the pandemic it’s been quite difficult to get placements, it’s all been online.

“I can get more practical experience with T Levels.”

Dylan, meanwhile, will be doing a T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development and is looking forward to going beyond the online-only constraints that the Covid-19 crisis ushered in.

He said: “With the work experience T Levels offer it’s one-on-one, you’re there doing it.”

To find out more about studying T Levels at Leeds City College visit leedscitycollege.ac.uk/t-levels.

Did You Know?
Did you know we have 541,720,573 resources at Leeds City College?

Did you know we have 541,720,573 resources at Leeds City College?

The resources include books, journals, e-books, videos, encyclopedias and more. These resources are the combined total number of resources at Joseph Priestley Centre, Beeston, Rothwell Centre, The Annexe, Printworks Campus and Park Lane Campus. We also have 12,277 e-books across Leeds City College libraries and more than 500,000 videos!

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