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Animal Care and Management T Level: Important Update

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) have recently made an announcement regarding the Animal Care and Management T Level.

Development of the T Level technical qualification has been underway by City & Guilds. Over recent months, it has become apparent that the content and structure of the qualification needs further work and engagement to ensure that the final product meets the expectations of both employers and higher education providers.

As such, the Institute have decided to defer first teaching of this qualification by a year, to September 2024. We are confident that this will allow the time for proper consideration of the range of views about this T Level.

This decision does not change the timeline for Agriculture, Land Management & Production, which will be available for first teaching in September 2023.

Please direct any queries to the Technicals Quality Team at technicals.quality@cityandguilds.com.

City & Guilds is delivering eight T Level contracts awarded by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE). First teaching began for Onsite Construction and Building Services Engineering (BSE) in September 2021 and for, Management and Administration, and Engineering and Manufacturing in September 2022.

In addition, we’re developing the Technical Qualifications (TQs) for Agriculture, Land Management and Production, plus Animal Care and Management, for first teaching from September 2023 and September 2024 respectively.

We’re working with the specialist engineering awarding organisation, Excellence Achievement and Learning (EAL), on the onsite construction, BSE and Engineering and Manufacturing TQs.

We recently visited Chichester College who are now in their second year of delivering Onsite Construction and Building Services Engineering and spoke to some of their learners and teaching staff about T Levels.

What are T Levels

T Levels are a two-year high-quality programme choice that follows GCSEs. They have been developed in collaboration with employers to ensure the content equips learners with the skills and knowledge that businesses want, preparing them for work, higher education, or an apprenticeship.

T Levels are available in England only and a choice for learners alongside apprenticeships and A-levels.

The T Level programme includes the following compulsory elements:

  • a TQ which includes core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
  • an industry placement with an employer

Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 (Continue to study as part of the condition of funding).

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