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T-Levels have been designed to provide 16-19 year olds an alternative to A Levels with real-life industry experience, helping them to develop their knowledge and skills within their chosen industry.

Hopwood Hall College will start to offer T-Levels across four different curriculum areas in 2021:

  • Digital
  • Construction
  • Education and Childcare
  • Health & Science

By 2023 there are plans for 23 different T-Level pathways.

What are T-levels?

T-Levels are two-year technical programmes. They are Level 3 courses, with funding for over 900 hours per year which equates to studying three A Levels.

As part of the full programme of study, students will study approximately 45 days in a course specific industry placement with an external employer. This means that developing their practical and technical skills forms an integral part of gaining their qualifications.

How do THEY benefit students?

At 16, students will have the choice of four pathways: Vocational, A Level, T-Level or apprenticeship. If you choose a technical route, you will then need to decide if you want a college-based programme (T-Levels) or work-based (Apprenticeships).

Studying a T-Level, a student will complete a valuable and high quality industry placement. Completing a T-Level will provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviour necessary to begin skilled employment or progress to higher levels of study, including apprenticeships and a range of degree programmes.


T-Levels are unique in that they have been designed with the input of employers and offer the opportunity for employers to continuously shape the curriculum to best benefit industry's needs.

As part of a T-Level, students will need to complete an industry placement. These students will arrive work ready and will be expected to complete 45 days of work experience. For an employer, T-Levels will provide them with the opportunity to work in partnership with the College to closely develop the skills and experience that their industry needs from employees.