T Levels

What are T Levels?

T Levels area brand new, 2-year qualification designed to give you a head start towards the career you want, available from September 2020. 

  • You can do T Levels as an alternative to A-levels, Apprenticeships and other Post-16 courses
  • T Levels bring classroom and industry placement together. You’ll spend about 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% in a workplace setting on a 45-day placement with an employer

Why choose T Levels? 

  • T Levels are backed by leading employers to give you the knowledge and skills for the career you want and more than 200 businesses, including Fujitsu and Skanska, have helped create them
  • T Levels give you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies
  • When you pass your T Level, you will get a nationally recognised certificate showing the overall grade you achieved. It will also give details of what you learned on the course to help you move into skilled employment or a higher apprenticeship
  • Your T Level will be worth UCAS points – a T Level Distinction is worth the same as 3 A-levels at A* – and will be recognised by universities and other education providers so you can choose to continue studying if you wish
  • T Levels involve more classroom study than apprenticeships, which means you can experience an industry while you continue your studies. Like A-levels, there are no tuition fees to study a T Level if you start before you are 19
  • T Levels are ideal if you have finished your GCSEs and want to gain qualifications which provide both the knowl¬edge and workplace experience to take your studies to the next level within a college environment

Where can you study in Worcestershire? 

In the county both Heart of Worcestershire and WCG are offering T Level qualifications through their campuses. 

Heart of Worcestershire College available from September 2021 

  • Childcare and Education Level 3 - focused on early years and primary education 
  • Digital, Design and Production Level 3 – focuses on digital (software) developers and encompasses aspects of design, development and analysing user needs 

Contact HoW for more information: info@howcollege.ac.uk or visit: HOW College T Levels (opens in a new window) 

Warwickshire College Group available from September 2021 

  • Digital Support Services – focused on technical digital skills development 

Contact WCG: employerenquiries@wcg.ac.uk 0330 135 6940 or visit: WCG T Levels  (opens in a new window)

T-Level subjects Autumn 2021

  • Building services and engineering
  • Digital business services
  • Digital support and services
  • Health
  • Healthcare sciences
  • Onsite construction
  • Science

New T Level courses will continue to roll out nationwide until all 25 are available – covering everything from agriculture to catering and engineering to science.

What are the entry requirements? 

You will need 5 GCSEs A*-C (9-4) including English and maths. 

Entry into T Levels will be subject to a satisfactory reference and interview at your chosen college.

How T Levels will work with other post-16 choices

T Levels will become one of the main choices for students after GCSE’s alongside Apprenticeships for students who wish to learn an occupation ‘on the job’ and A-levels for students who wish to continue academic education

T Levels will be based on the same standards as apprenticeships, designed by employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.  

The total time for a T Level to be around 1,800 hours over 2 years, including the industry placement. This is a significant increase on most current technical education courses and differs from an apprenticeship, which is typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom

T Level Grading

Students who pass all the elements of their T Level will get a nationally recognised certificate showing an overall grade of pass, merit or distinction. It will also set out the details of what students have achieved on the course.

The T Level certificate will include

  • an overall pass grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit or distinction
  • a separate grade for the occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction
  • a separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
  • grades for maths and English qualifications
  • details of the industry placement

T Levels and UCAS Grading

The UCAS tariff for T Levels has been confirmed, providing assurance to potential T Level students and their parents that higher education is a recognised progression option.

The Department has now published a policy update which outlines the UCAS tariff for T Levels, to be awarded on the achievement of the whole qualification and not the individual components.

UCAS tariff points T Level overall grade A-Level
168 Distinction* A* A* A*
144 Distinction A A A
120 Merit B B B
96 Pass (C or above on the core) C C C
72 Pass (D or E on the core) D D D

T Level industry placements – what students say

For more information, visit GOV.UK T-Levels (opens in a new window)