Barnsley College to run new technical courses around digital in 2020

Barnsley College has taken a big step forward in its digital course offer with exciting new technical courses (T Levels) in Digital, Construction and Education and Childcare.

T Levels are a new two-year qualification, equivalent to three A Levels, for 16 to 18 year olds who would prefer a more technical education when they come to College, rather than following a purely academic pathway or a work-based apprenticeship.

Barnsley College is the only college in South Yorkshire to be chosen to run the new T Level courses, which will start in September 2020.

T Level qualifications are a combination of classroom or workshop-based learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience and will take two years to complete. They provide a mixture of technical knowledge and practical skills specific to the student’s chosen industry or occupation; an industry placement of at least 45 days; relevant maths, English and digital skills, and common workplace skills.

Students will be able to study T Levels in Digital, Construction and Education and Childcare from September 2020. A further 22 courses will be rolled out in stages from 2021, which will cover subjects such as creative and design, finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and

David Akeroyd, Vice Principal Technical and Professional Education at Barnsley College, said: “We’re really excited and proud to have been chosen by the Department for Education to be the only college in South Yorkshire and one of only 54 colleges in the country to offer T Levels from September 2020.

“We have fantastic partnerships with employers across the South Yorkshire region and we are in a strong position to be able to deliver these qualifications which will provide our students with an opportunity to gain the technical knowledge and valuable work experience that employers look for when recruiting new employees.”

Potential new students will have the opportunity to find out about T Levels and the wide range of courses on offer at the Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College Open Day on Saturday 23 November, from 11.00am to 2.00pm.

Rated outstanding by Ofsted, Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College offer education for everyone; including full and part-time vocational courses, A Levels, technical courses (T Levels) and apprenticeships. Visitors will have the opportunity to speak to tutors, tour buildings, attend presentations and have a go at practical activities at this hands-on, interactive event. They can also see the fantastic facilities and find out about the range of support services available.

The Open Day will be held at various College sites including the Sixth Form campus on St Mary’s Place, the Old Mill Lane campus on Church Street, the Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre on Old Mill Lane, the Construction Centre and Sports Academy at the Honeywell campus and Wigfield Farm.

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