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t-levels

T-Levels are the qualifications that everyone is talking about! Having been designed as an exciting alternative to A-Levels, they combine classroom learning with on-the-job industry experience to ensure a fantastic career trajectory for all students.

We were thrilled to launch our first T-Levels in September 2021. While we initially offered four routes, the courses have been so popular that we are now adding two additional routes starting in September 2022. You can now choose Business & Administration or Engineering and Manufacturing.

These new routes join our current pathways in Digital, Construction, Health & Science and Education. This means that there's plenty of options for anyone who is ready to join the technical skills revolution by studying T-Levels!

what are t-levels?

T-Levels have been described as the biggest overhaul in post-school education for 70 years. This pioneering programme is a brilliant opportunity for school leavers looking for a solid route into employment, higher apprenticeships or Higher Education.

The qualifications have been shaped by employers and benefit from the unique insights of industry leaders. This means learners will be equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead in the modern jobs market.

Delivered over a two-year period, T-Levels provide an excellent alternative to A-Levels and are aimed at 16 to 19-year-olds who would rather study work-related courses than traditional academic subjects. They have been launched to counter the long-held assumption that only A-Levels can lead to a degree and a fulfilling job. It’s worth noting that as a T-Level student you will still be able to progress to university or higher-level technical qualifications.

T-Levels have been created by national panels made up of expert employers. They are designed to deliver the necessary skills required to strengthen and grow the UK economy. They will provide a mix of industry-specific technical knowledge and practical skills; relevant maths, English and digital skills as well as a work placement of at least 45 days.

These new two-year, Level 3 technical education courses follow GCSEs and are revolutionising technical education in the UK. Developed in close collaboration with employers, content directly meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work or university. T-Levels are ideal if you have finished your GCSEs and want the knowledge and experience to give your career a head start and get straight into employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.

what do t-levels involve?

T-Levels components include: employability skills, numeracy, literacy and digital skills, concepts and theories, and occupational specialisms.

As an integral part of the T-Level, learners complete a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) in an industry placement, where your focus will be on developing practical and technical skills. The placement will be with an employer in a real life working environment. You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on industry placement giving you the chance to experience a real workplace setting while continuing your studies.

choose your t-level!

DIGITAL ROUTEs:

Entry requirements: for either digital route you will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English

CONSTRUCTION ROUTEs:

Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths and English

HEALTH AND SCIENCE ROUTEs:

Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 4 and above - must include English & Maths.

Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 5 and above - must include English, Maths and Science.

BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION ROUTE:

Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs grade 4 and above including Maths and English

EDUCATION ROUTE:

Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 4 and above - must include English & Maths.

ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING ROUTES:

Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs Grade 5 and above including English & Maths

Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs Grade 5 and above including English & Maths

what is a t-level worth?

Your T-level will be worth UCAS points. For example, a T-level Distinction* is worth exactly the same as 3 A-levels at A*. It is recognised by universities and other education providers so you can choose to continue studying on a wide range of degree programmes after successfully completing your T-level if you wish.

UCAS Tariff points

T-Level overall grade

168

Distinction*

144

Distinction

120

Merit

96

Pass (C or above on the core)

72

Pass (D or E on the core)

industry placements

High quality industry placements are an integral part of T-Levels. They are crucially important in enabling you to gain the valuable skills needed to progress onto employment.

This work experience will be a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days). Placements can be undertaken as a block, over college holidays for example, or as individual days. This arrangement depends on what works best for the student and employer.

Industry placements give you the opportunity to develop your practical and technical skills in a role directly relevant to your vocational course. They also give employers the chance to ensure that their new generation of employees are developing precisely the skills and experience that industry needs.


WHO'S SUITED FOR A T-LEVEL?

A differentiating factor of T-Levels is the combination of both classroom learning and development and practical application of occupationally-specific skills.

As such, a T-Level would suit a student who wants to enter skilled employment at the end of their course.

Although T-Levels are primarily designed for entry into skilled employment, they will also allow progression to a higher apprenticeship or to Higher Education in a related area.

Students should normally have a clear idea about which industry they want to get into and an idea of the type of job role they’d like to explore.


INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS

We've created a handy film designed for teachers and educators in schools. If you want to better understand T-Levels and offer the best advice to your pupils, be sure to watch the below video. It's an essential guide for all school staff – so feel free to share the video so that others have the opportunity to learn more about these exciting new qualifications.