Technical Education and T Levels

T Levels are a new qualification after GCSEs. If you’ve already chosen your career and want to learn the relevant skills in a classroom, T levels could be for you.

T Levels – what are they?

One T Level equals three A Levels and takes two years to complete.

The courses have been written with the help of employers so you get the knowledge and skills they need. You’ll be ready to get a good job when you qualify.

They’re not an easy option and you’ll have to work hard. You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom learning the theory and practical skills. Then, for the other 20% or 45 days minimum, you’ll put it into action on an industry placement with an employer.

You’ll learn core skills and knowledge and then choose to specialise for a specific occupation. For example, you could study Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction T Level and then in that course choose to specialise in either civil engineering, building services design, hazardous materials & surveying or surveying and design for construction and the built environment.

Is a T Level right for me?

T Levels can fast-track your career but only if you already know the industry you want to work in. So if you were thinking of doing A Levels and know what career you want, there might be a T Level that will get you closer to doing the job, or degree, you want.

You won’t get paid, like an apprentice, so you might need to think about a part-time job to support your studies.

You must pass every assessment and exam to get a T Level qualification.
T Levels give you UCAS points so you can either go straight into work or apply for university or a degree apprenticeship.

You will be very busy if you take a T Level, so ideally you’ll already have your maths and English GCSEs. Studying for resits with your T Level workload will be hard. You’ll also need to be:

  • Organised
  • Enthusiastic
  • Sure about your career choice
  • Happy to learn in a classroom
  • Willing to show what you’ve learnt to an employer
  • Committed to pass every part of the course

What else should I know

  • accounting
  • agriculture, land management and production
  • animal care and management
  • building services engineering
  • catering
  • craft and design
  • cultural heritage and visitor attractions
  • design and development
  • design, surveying and planning for construction
  • digital business services
  • digital production, design and development
  • digital support and services
  • education and childcare
  • finance
  • hair, beauty and aesthetics
  • health
  • healthcare science
  • human resources
  • legal
  • maintenance, installation and repair
  • management and administration
  • manufacturing, processing and control
  • media, broadcast and production
  • onsite construction
  • science

Students who complete their T Level receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. They get a nationally recognised certificate showing their overall grade and a breakdown of what they have achieved.

The T Level certificate will include:

  • an overall grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*
  • a separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
  • a separate grade for each occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction

It will also include confirmation that the student has:

  • met the minimum requirements for maths and English qualifications
  • completed the industry placement
  • met any additional mandatory requirements
  • A student’s overall T Level grade will be worked out from the grades they achieved on the core component and the occupational specialism(s).

Students who do not pass all elements of their T Level will get a T Level statement of achievement which will show the elements they have completed.

The T Level content is designed by employers for progression into skilled employment, providing underpinning knowledge and a breadth of skills with technical competence. T Level graduates will have experienced a substantial amount of time in the workplace, developing employability skills, and are prime for recruitment straight into industry Many T Level students will be able to move on from their course to a relevant apprenticeship at level 4 or higher. Employers and training organisations are already thinking about how T Level students can move on to higher level apprenticeships A T Level student would be able to move on to an apprenticeship at the same or lower level than a qualification they already hold, if the apprenticeship allows the individual to acquire substantive new skills and the content of the training is materially different from any prior qualification or a previous apprenticeship.

  • UCAS have confirmed that T Levels will receive a tariff allocation aligned to 3 A Levels
  • UCAS points will only be allocated for the whole T Level – not for separate components
UCAS tariff points T Level overall grade A level
168 Distinction*
(A* on the core and distinction in the occupational specialism)
144 Distinction AAA
120 Merit BBB
96 Pass (C or above on the core) CCC
72 Pass (D or E on the core) DDD

T Level TV advert

T Level website

Sample Industrial Placement Videos

T Level industry placements video – what students say

T Level industry placements video – what employers say

T Level industry placements video - business & administration, YMCA

T Level industry placements video - manufacturing, Warren Services

T Level industry placements video - science, University of Salford

T Level industry placements video - animal care, Somerset Reindeer Ranch

T Level industry placements video - digital, Norfolk County Council

T Level industry placements video - catering & maintenance, Marriott Hotels

T Level industry placements video - education, Ganton School

T Level industry placements - video construction, Galliford Try Partnerships

T Level industry placements – video hair & beauty, Daniel Galvin

T Level industry placements – video legal, CMS

T Level industry placements - media, BBC Voices

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