What are T Levels?Watch
All you need to know about T Levels
As part of the government's Industrial Strategy, a new type of qualification is being introduced. The information below should help you get your head around what T Levels will entail and whether they might be a good option for you....
What are T Levels?
T Levels are a new post-16 study programme. They are Level 3 programmes and considered to be a more vocational alternative to academic study routes (such as A-levels).
It basically means that once you complete your GCSEs, you could opt to complete an apprenticeship, A-levels/BTEC or now T Levels.
T levels cover a range of occupational areas and teach you the skills and knowledge you need to start a career in this type of job.
What does a T Level course include?
A T Level programme comprises of the following:
- A main, approved qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels - this will include a core component (which will be the same across all available courses) and specialist component relevant to the area of industry
- Industry placement (45 days / 315 hours minimum)
- Maths, English and digital applications
- Occupation-specific applications
- Further employability, enrichment and pastoral opportunities
Is a T Level right for me?
If you’re keen to make your learning relevant to a particular type of job rather than following an academic route (like A Levels) then a T Level could work for you. Most T Levels are likely to require GCSE grades of 4 and above – but do check with the college or school first.
How are T Levels assessed?
There will be a minimum of one assessment 'series' for the core and specialist components. This can be one series to cover both components, or one series per component (i.e. one series for the core and one for the specialisms). You may also have additional assessment series. Unlike A-levels and equivalent, the assessments do not need to take place at the same time of year.
You will be awarded an overall grade for the T Level that can range from a Pass to a Distinction*. The only difference is that the Pass has been split into two categories: Pass (C or above on the core component) and Pass (D/E on the core).
What career areas do T Levels cover and when can you study them?
T Levels are being phased in from next year, with the following courses starting in Autumn 2020:
- Childcare and Education
Other industries and sectors will be added from 2021 onwards, including:
- Legal, Finance and Accounting
- Engineering and Manufacturing
- Health and Science
- Hair and Beauty
- Media, Broadcast and Production
- Management and Administration
- Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care
- Catering and Hospitality
- Business and Administrative
- Craft and Design
Where can you study T Levels?
T Levels will be offered by many colleges, schools and other providers. You can search for a provider offering the first set of T Levels (available from 2020) on the map here or see a list of all providers selected to deliver them at each phase of the roll-out here.
Do T Levels attract UCAS points?
Yes, from the table below, the T Level will carry UCAS points in the same way that 3 A Levels do:
It's worth bearing in mind that these UCAS points are for the overall T Level grade, not individual elements of it.
What can you do after a T Level?
As a T Level is a nationally recognised qualification, you could move on to a Higher Apprenticeship or begin to look for skilled employment.
Hopefully this gives you a bit of background on what the new programme will involve but if you have any questions, ask away!