The North East’s T-Level Providers

Dynamo North East are pleased to be supporting our local academic institutions who are offering T Levels from September 2022.

T Levels are two-year programmes for young learners, developed in collaboration with employers and include a Technical Qualification (TQ) that combines maths, English and digital skills. They will become one of three choices for learners after GCSEs alongside apprenticeships and A-Levels.

If you are interested in offering T Level student placements, please see information below which details the relevant industries to be covered and requirements from each of the providers:


Education Partnership North East is a group of Colleges, comprising Sunderland College, Northumberland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form College. We are getting ready for September 2022 and proactively seeking employers to support talent development though our new T level qualifications from September 2022.

T-levels are exciting new, two-year technical qualifications for 16 to 19-year-olds. Designed with the workforce of the future in mind, these qualifications include a crucial 45-day (315 hour) unpaid industry placement where the learners can develop both industry specific and employability skills.

Placements are a great way to identify talent – they can also support your business to grow. Explore our T Level Placement Leaflet.

As a College group, we are keen to ensure that our curriculum and delivery are in line with regional employer’s needs.  Work Placement students can be of real benefit to your organisation – they bring enthusiasm, new skills and fresh ideas.

Academic Year 2022-23 : SUNDERLAND COLLEGE T LEVEL pathways which will be available from September 2022:

  • Digital Production, Design and Development (Software)
  • Building Services Engineering for Construction
  • Design, Survey and Planning for Construction
  • Health – Adult Nursing
  • Laboratory Science
  • Education and Childcare
  • Engineering Maintenance, Installation and Repair
  • Engineering Manufacturing, Processing and Control

Academic Year 2022-23 : NORTHUMBERLAND COLLEGE T LEVEL pathways which will be available from September 2022:

  • Health – Adult Nursing
  • Education and Childcare

Academic Year 2022-23 : HARTLEPOOL SIXTH FORM COLLEGE T LEVEL pathways which will be available from September 2022:

  • Health – Adult Nursing
  • Laboratory Science
  • Education and Childcare

If you are interested discussing a placement opportunity within your business, we would be delighted to arrange a follow up call / Teams meeting to discuss potential ways of working together on behalf of our students. Please contact to start your T Level journey.




T Levels have been endorsed by business leaders and designed with employers to meet their skills needs, they help give young people the relevant skills and knowledge needed to be successful in their chosen industry. At the heart of each course is a 45 day (or 315 hours) work placement, which will give businesses early access to the brightest talent.

For smaller employers, young people can be an invaluable source of new and interesting ideas that can change the way you think about doing business. A T Level student placement will also provide coaching and mentoring opportunities for existing members of your team. This can help them to gain management skills which will not only support their growth and boost confidence but is also known to increase job satisfaction.

T Levels are equivalent to three A Levels and at Gateshead College we’ve set our entry requirements to ensure students are working to a high standard when they start their course with us.

Grants of £1000 may be available for employers offering T Level work placement.

List of T-Level Courses available
T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development
T Level in Digital Support Services
T Level in Digital Business Services
T Level in Healthcare/Health Science
T Level in Early Years Education and Child Care

T-Level Placements
We work with businesses across all sectors with employers who want to help shape the future workforce. T Level placements don’t need to take place in the workplace, we’ve had students work remotely to complete a set day(s) or work on a project basis. We’re happy to work with you to ensure the 45 days placement (or 315 hours) benefits your business and supports student learning.

Contact Details 
Contact Phil O’Neil or Deni Chambers

For more information



Having won six of the nine T Level contracts to be awarded to date, NCFE is spearheading the development and delivery of technical qualifications that sit at the heart of T Levels.  All our T Levels provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to progress into skilled employment, higher apprenticeships or higher education.

Our T Level in education and childcare saw the first student registrations – across 32 providers – in September 2020 on two occupational specialisms: Assisting Teaching and Early Years Education and Childcare.  From September 2021, another five T Levels and 13 new occupational specialisms in the health, science and digital sectors will begin delivery in over 100 providers across the country, with a third occupational specialism (Supporting and Mentoring Students in Educational Settings) in education and childcare also coming on board.

In development, NCFE worked with over 400 employers, practitioners, subject matter experts and providers, to ensure the technical qualifications we developed intimately reflect the needs of the sectors they’re designed to serve.  These stakeholders helped to write, review and validate our technical qualifications, meaning that NCFE’s T Levels are genuinely developed by industry.

T Levels are two-year, level 3 qualifications, equivalent to three A Levels and available for 16–19-year-olds to study.  Each T Level sees students study a ‘core’ year, which gives them a grounding in the important content that cuts across each occupational specialism.  For example, in the health and science T Levels, students will study as part of their core content:

– Working within the health and science sector
– Health
– Safety and environmental regulations in the health and science sector
– Managing information and data within the health and science sector
– Good scientific and clinical practice
– Core science concepts

The breadth of content in year one allows students to apply their skills across the sector, and to choose the most appropriate occupational specialism in year two.

The core knowledge and understanding will be assessed through an examination, and core skills through a practical employer-set project. In addition to this, maths, English and general digital skills will be integrated within the qualification in occupationally relevant contexts.

Each student must undertake an industry placement during their T Level of a minimum duration of 315-hours, or 45-days.  Spending a longer amount of time in industry than on equivalent programmes gives T Level students the edge in applying their knowledge in practical, work-relevant scenarios.


Education and childcare:

– Early Years Education and Childcare (2020 start)
– Assisting Teaching (2020 start)
– Supporting and Mentoring Students in Educational Settings (2021 start)

Digital business services:

– Data Technician (2021 start)

Digital support services:

– Network Cabling (2021 start)
– Digital Support (2021 start)
– Digital Infrastructure (2021 start)


– Adult Nursing (2021 start)
– Midwifery (2021 start)
– Mental Health (2021 start)
– Children and Young People (2021 start)
– Therapy (2021 start)


– Laboratory Sciences (2021 start)
– Food Sciences (2021 start)
– Metrology Sciences (2021 start)

Healthcare science

– Assisting with Healthcare Science (2021 start)

T Level Placements
T Level placements are the responsibility of the providers that deliver the programmes; as an awarding organisation we offer support, but do not specify what we look for as that is up to the provider to define.

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