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The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) would welcome views from providers and employers on the potential new Occupational Specialism in Diagnostic Imaging to sit within the existing Health T Level.

The ask:

For Employers

If you are an employer and would like to give your views on the potential diagnostic imaging OS, please provide your views by taking part in our employer survey by Friday 8 December.

For Providers

If you are a provider and would like to give your views on the potential diagnostic imaging OS, please provide your views by taking part in our provider survey by Friday 8 December.

Why we are seeking views

IFATE recently approved an update to the Senior Healthcare Support Worker standard to include a diagnostic imaging option. As a result, IFATE have commenced a suitability analysis review of the diagnostic imaging option to determine its viability as an Occupational Specialism in the Health T Level.

We are asking for employers and providers to take part in a short survey to help us ascertain:

  • the suitability of diagnostic imaging as an occupational specialism in the Health T Level
  • if the occupation has sufficient demand
  • whether the content will provide good preparation for skilled employment
  • whether this content would provide a good preparation for students to go on to higher education in a relevant area

What are T Levels

T Levels are a 2-year qualification available to learners after GCSEs as an alternative to A levels, other post-16 courses or an apprenticeship. Launched in September 2020, these courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and education providers so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for entry into skilled employment, an apprenticeship or related technical study through further or higher education. There are currently 18 T Levels in delivery across 8 different routes. Further T Levels in Craft & Design, Media Broadcast and Production and Animal Care and Management will be delivered for the first time in September 2024 and Marketing in September 2025.

For more information on available and upcoming T Levels.

T Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement, which typically lasts 45 days. This ensures students have real experience of the workplace. They provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. 

IfATE awards and manages contracts for the development of T Levels. IfATE also oversees the development and approval on the standards, qualifications, and occupational maps for T Levels and Apprenticeships. IfATE have also worked with employers, providers and industry experts to develop the progression profiles, which show some of the opportunities available to learners directly after completing a T Level and other opportunities available after further training and or experience. The profiles are embedded into the occupational maps.


What happens next?

We will consider your responses as we gather evidence on the suitability of a Diagnostic Imaging Occupational Specialism.


Published 9 November 2023
Last updated 8 December 2023
(MP, NS)