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25 November 2021 - T Level newsletter

This week's newsletter includes updates on:

Information for providers eligible for Specialist Equipment Allocation (SEA) from academic year 2022/23

SEA is funding to help purchase industry standard equipment to support the delivery of T Levels. It is separate from the Buildings and Facilities Improvement Grant (BFIG), the other element of the T Levels Capital fund.

SEA is a one-off payment for all providers planning to deliver a new T Level route for the first time in the 2022/23 academic year, who can show that a minimum of 28 T Level students will be enrolled on the T Level route for which the SEA is paid. This is based on 2 year-groups comprised of 14 students, each in the fourth delivery year (2025/26 academic year) of the qualification, by which time we expect a steady state in student numbers.

We are hoping to inform all eligible providers of their allocation at the end of January 2022, with payments to be made in March 2022. Providers who receive SEA must submit 2 monitoring returns to confirm how the funding has been spent. More information will be included in the grant letter you will receive at the end of January 2022.

Providers do not need to apply for SEA or BFIG. Funding is allocated using a formula, based on the number of students providers expect in learning at steady state (2025/6 academic year) and the T Level route(s) being delivered. This information was supplied to us by providers in the October data collection.

Find out more about SEA on GOV.UK

Rescheduled event with Minister Burghart on Tuesday 7 December

The rescheduled event with Minister Burghart will take place on Tuesday 7 December from 11am to 12pm.

The Minister is really looking forward to meeting as many providers as possible, and is really keen to hear from you.

As well as opportunity to ask questions and raise any discussion points, officials from the department will provide updates on the latest T Level developments.

If you would like to attend, please sign up.

Higher Education Engagement update

Following the October edition of the newsletter, the department has extended the list of Higher Education Providers (HEPs) who will accept T Level students for entry into 2022. You can find the list attached to this page. 

This list is by no means exhaustive - these are HEPs who have confirmed directly to the department that they will accept applications from T Level students for some of their courses, but there may still be many who will consider T Level students upon application.

If a student is considering an institution for a degree, and they do not have any information on their website on entry criteria for T Levels, we would encourage that student to get in touch with the admissions office for that particular institution. Most universities have a dedicated admissions contact email.

Many HEPs have a contextual admissions process,  and whilst they may not have made information public about T Levels, students may considered on an applicant by applicant basis, particularly in the earlier years of T Levels.

If there are instances where it is challenging to understand the approach to admissions from a specific institution, or students are finding it difficult to contact an institution, please contact the higher education lead at the corresponding T Level awarding organisation:

The Institute's stakeholder survey

The Institute needs your views and feedback as part of its annual stakeholder survey

This short survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete and closes on 12 December.​ It gives you the chance to tell The Institute what it is doing well and what it could be doing differently.​ 

Awarding organisation updates

NCFE

NCFE has created a T Level support guide to help providers understand the breadth of support it offers to enhance their delivery. 

City & Guilds

City & Guilds is running a provider launch webinar next month to update on their plans for the new Technical Qualifications in Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care available for first teaching from September 2023.

Register your interest for:

Highfield

Highfield is looking to work with training providers with expertise in catering teaching/assessment to support the development of the T Level Technical Qualification in Catering.

By contributing to the qualification and development process, you can ensure the approach is practicable, in line with current teaching practices and meets expected industry standards.

To express your interest in being involved with the future of FE for the catering sector, email tlevels@highfield.co.uk

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