First Ever T Level Results For Painsley Sixth Form – 100% at Merit or Above!

T Level Results

First Ever T Level Results For Painsley Sixth Form – 100% at Merit or Above!


  • 100% of Students achieve at least a Merit, while 60% achieved a Distinction at the end of their two years of study.
  • In 2020 Painsley Catholic College became one of the first providers across the country to offer the brand new T Level
  • Two years on, Painsley Catholic College is celebrating the first cohort of T Level students to get their results

This summer, the first cohort of T Level students are finishing their courses and Painsley Catholic College is marking this moment by celebrating their success. All students achieved at least a Merit with 60% of students achieving a Distinction, exceeding their predicted targets.

Painsley Catholic College was one of the first providers to offer these brand new qualifications to students in Staffordshire in 2020. T Levels are qualifications for 16 to 19 year olds, taken after GCSEs. They are equivalent in size to three A levels and focus on technical and vocational skills. They can help students into skilled employment, higher study at university or apprenticeships. These pioneering new qualifications have been designed in collaboration with leading employers to provide the skills that businesses across the region need.

T Levels are unique as they combine classroom study with industry placements so young people gain valuable work experience in their chosen sector. Many local businesses including VX Fiber, Parker Software and Tracsis are embracing T Levels as a great way to find, nurture and secure young talent.

Jake Steele is one of the first ever students to complete a T Level. Jake studied Digital Production, Design and Development and completed his placement at VX Fiber. Jake recently secured a full-time position at VX Fiber where he has started employment as a Junior Hub Co-ordinator providing support for the IT infrastructure across the nationwide business.

Jake said, “I’m incredibly excited to be one of the first ever students to complete a T Level course. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years of my course and my industry placement at VX Fiber really reinforced my passion for working in the Digital sector. I’m looking forward to my next steps where I will be working at VX Fiber whilst studying a degree at Staffordshire University”.

Alongside Jake’s success, other students too have secured employment directly because of the T Level. Thomas Haines who completed his placement at Tracsis has secured a higher level apprenticeship starting in September, whilst Marcus Alcock has already started work as a software developer at FR Systems. Both students have been awarded a Distinction.

Another student, Ethan Steele, was equally praiseworthy of the provision Painsley Catholic College has given him to help prepare for the course.

Ethan said, “I am thrilled with the Distinction that I have achieved in my Digital T-Level and feel that my hard work has really paid off. My time at Painsley Sixth Form has been a great adventure over the course of the past two years. The staff behind our T Level course put an amazing amount of effort into ensuring that our needs were always met, as well as providing an incredible amount of support before, during and after our examination periods”.

Mrs Waugh, Principal of Painsley Catholic College said, “We’re incredibly proud to be celebrating the success of our first ever cohort of T Level students this summer. We were among the first providers in the country to offer these brilliant new qualifications, and it has been fantastic to see how they have been embraced by young people. I’m excited to see our students build on their success as they prepare for their next step – whether that be straight into the world of work, university or other post 18 options such as an apprenticeship.”

Painsley Catholic College currently offers the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level. This helps to prepare students for work in the Digital Sector to start their careers in areas such as software development. From 2023, Painsley Catholic College will be expanding their T Level provision into other areas such as Business Management and Administration. If you are interested in applying for T Levels or would like to find out more about the new courses on offer for 2023 then please visit the Painsley Catholic College Sixth Form website – and click on the T Levels link.

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