STUDENTS across the South West are planning the next steps of their academic journeys which could include the T levels, introduced in 2020. 

Louise Rowley, deputy principal at Bridgwater & Taunton College, is offering tips and advice for this year's autumn parents' evening.

She highlights how it's the best chance to discuss post-16 educational pathway options, including the T levels.

Ms Rowley said: "Use this moment to get clued up on the different pathways, to find one that aligns with your child’s interests, preferred learning style, and future career aspirations.

"Encourage them to think about their long-term goals and how each option can contribute to their success.

"If your child enjoys hands-on experience, the 45-day industry placement offered within a T level can give them that opportunity."

Students seeking to gain a practical advantage in the workplace should consider T levels, a sentiment echoed by Rowley.

Discussing the preparation for the working world, Ms Rowley explains: "There are several post-16 educational pathways and options and there are different benefits to all of them.

"For example, for young people who have careers at the front of their mind, T levels would be a good option as they have been designed in collaboration with employers."

T levels, equivalent to 3 A-levels, are unique for their 45-day industry placement.

But the deputy principal assures parents that these qualifications don’t limit options post-study.

Ms Rowley elaborates: "T levels are hands-on qualifications but are still recognised by universities.

"University isn’t for everyone, so if this sounds like your child, discuss opportunities to go into the world of work after completing a T level."

With 18 subjects offered in various schools and colleges, T levels are designed to help young aspiring individuals penetrate different industries like Health, Science, Engineering, Manufacturing, Digital and others.

While the benefits of T levels are clear, parents might wonder how to support children opting this route.

On this matter, Ms Rowley provides advice: "Teachers will be able to offer good advice on how you can help on your side.

"For example, I’d always recommend parents keep a note of any positive feedback their child receives, as this will become really key for when they start to build up their CV."