Introduction

Working closely with employers, we published the first T Level progression profiles last week for T Levels which are available for students to study now, including:

  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Design, Surveying & Planning
  • Education and Childcare

We are now publishing an initial T Level progression profile for a T Level available for first teach from September 2021:

  • Onsite Construction

The profiles show how T Levels provide a strong foundation, which can lead to a range of opportunities in:

  • employment
  • apprenticeships
  • higher and further education

How we develop the progression profiles

We develop progression profiles with employers, providers, and other industry experts. We map content that is common to T Levels and apprenticeships, linking to our occupational maps. These maps show the skilled occupations that technical education can lead to. The occupational maps are being developed to include our other approved technical education programmes:

  • T Levels
  • Higher Technical Qualifications

We have designed progression profiles to show opportunities available to T Level students upon completion, including apprenticeships and employment. Organisations are flexible and many opportunities will be available other than those shown.

T Level students may be able to complete an apprenticeship in a reduced timeframe. This is due to recognition of prior learning (RPL).

The profiles will evolve with new T Level cohorts and as we continue to engage with those within the sector. We will add new profiles as we launch more T Levels. We update the content of T Levels and apprenticeships to meet employers’ changing needs.

Key to diagrams

Key to diagrams. Diagrams explained in text .

1. Digital Production, Design and Development

Digital production, design and development

The diagram above shows the possible progression routes available to students after taking the T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development (this T Level only contains one specialism). They could go into employment, for example as a Software development technician. They could also enter a higher technical occupation by taking an accelerated level 4 apprenticeship. This could be a DevOps engineer, Software developer, or Software tester. They could also access higher technical occupations through studying Higher Technical Qualifications.

Employers also suggested opportunities to progress into other apprenticeships at levels 4-6. These will be looked at as part of the next phase of our work.

Students will have covered most of the content for Software development technician (level 3) through their T Level. They will not need to complete this apprenticeship and can miss this step.

2. Design, Surveying & Planning for Construction

Surveying and design for construction and the built environment

Civil engineering

 

Building services design and hazardous materials analysis and surveying

The diagrams above show possible progression routes available to students after taking the T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction. This T level has four occupational specialisms:

  • Surveying and design for construction and the built environment 
  • Civil engineering
  • Building services design
  • Hazardous materials analysis and surveying

Students who take the Surveying and design for construction and the built environment specialism could look to enter a higher technical occupation by taking an apprenticeship such as Construction quantity surveying technician, Construction site engineer technician, or Construction design and build technician.

Students who take the Civil engineering specialism could take an accelerated Civil engineering technician apprenticeship. They could also look to enter a higher technical occupation by taking apprenticeships such as Construction site engineer technician, Construction quantity surveying technician and Construction design and build technician.

Students who take the Building services design specialism could progress into an accelerated Building services design technician apprenticeship. They could also look to enter a higher technical occupation by taking an apprenticeship such as Construction quality surveying technician, or Construction design and build technician.

Students who take the Hazardous materials analysis and surveying technician specialism are likely to move straight into non-apprenticeship employment or higher or further education. The content from the Asbestos analyst/surveyor apprenticeship will already have been covered by the T Level.

Employers also suggested opportunities to progress from this T Level into other occupations, including direct entry to the Chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship. These will be looked at as part of the next phase of our work.

All occupational specialisms will also provide an opportunity to enter non-apprenticeship employment and further or higher education, including Higher Technical Qualifications.

3. Onsite Construction

Carpentry and joinery, Bricklaying, Plastering, and Painting and decorating.

The diagram above shows the possible progression routes available to students after taking the T Level in Onsite Construction. This T Level has four occupational specialisms:

  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Bricklaying
  • Plastering
  • Painting and decorating

Students could enter a higher technical occupation by taking a level 4 apprenticeship such as Construction site supervisor. Employers have also suggested opportunities to progress from this T Level into other occupations, for example level 6 Construction site management.

New level 3 occupational standards are being considered which would enable development of apprenticeships in bricklaying, plastering, and painting and decorating. These will be looked at as part of the next phase of our work.

Students who take the Carpentry and joinery T Level occupational specialism, will have covered most of the content of the Advanced carpentry and joinery level 3 apprenticeship through their T Level. Students who have completed the Bricklaying, Plastering, and Painting and decorating occupational specialisms will have covered most of the content of the corresponding level 2 apprenticeships.

All occupational specialisms also provide an opportunity to enter non-apprenticeship employment. We are working with construction employers and industry bodies to ensure T Level graduates can progress directly into work and develop full occupational competence in trades.

There will also be the option to undertake further or higher education, including Higher Technical Qualifications.

4. Education and Childcare

Assisting teaching and Supporting and mentoring students in educational settings

 

Early years educator

The diagrams above show the possible progression routes available to students after taking the T Level in Education and Childcare. This T level has three occupational specialisms:

  • Assisting teaching
  • Supporting and mentoring students in educational settings
  • Early years educator

Students taking the Assisting teaching or Supporting and mentoring students in educational settings specialisms could enter a higher technical occupation by taking an Assessor coach apprenticeship.

Students taking the Early years educator specialism could go into non-apprenticeship employment, or into higher technical qualifications or other higher or further education.

Employers also suggested opportunities to progress from this T Level into other occupations at levels 5-7. We will look at these as part of the next phase of our work.

All occupational specialisms will provide an opportunity to enter non-apprenticeship employment and further or higher education, including Higher Technical Qualifications.

5. Next steps

Our initial work has focused on the T Levels available for study now and the T Level in Onsite Construction available from September 2021. These include:

  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
  • Education and Childcare
  • Onsite Construction

We are now working to produce an initial progression profile for the final Construction T Level in Building services engineering for construction available for study from September 2021. This will be published after full consultation has taken place to identify the possible progression routes available for students.

The T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction has 7 occupational specialisms which are separated into two groups:

Group A:

  • Plumbing
  • Air conditioning engineering
  • Refrigeration engineering
  • Heating engineering
  • Ventilation engineering

Group B:

  • Protection systems engineering
  • Gas engineering
  • Electrical and electronic equipment engineering
  • Electro technical engineering

A learner will complete either two occupational specialisms from a combination in Group A or one occupational specialism from Group B.

The progression profile will indicate the apprenticeships available, alongside the opportunity to enter non-apprenticeship employment and further or higher education.

We will also be working to produce progression profiles for the other T Levels available for first teach from September 2021. These are:

  • Digital Support Services
  • Digital Business Services
  • Health
  • Healthcare Science
  • Science

If you are an employer, provider or industry expert in any of these sectors and would like to be involved in the development of our progression work, please contact te.ifa@education.gov.uk.