Launching today, T Levels are a new post-16 qualification available for UK students after GCSEs. The courses will last two years and combine classroom learning and on the job experience and are the equivalent of three A-Levels.
“T Levels provide a high-quality, technical alternative to A levels ensuring thousands of people across the country have the skills we need to compete globally – a vital part of our modern industrial strategy” - Theresa May
The aim of T Levels is to ensure students have the knowledge and experience needed to progress in their chosen industry into employment, university, or a higher/degree apprenticeship.
How do T Levels work?
T Levels require a mix of classroom study and on the job training and experience. The courses will include:
- A technical qualification, which will include; core theory – the concepts and skills needed for that industry and specialist skills and knowledge needed for that occupation.
- An industry placement with an employer for at least 315 hours (around 45 days).
- A minimum standard in maths and English if students have not already achieved them.
T Levels include an industry placement for a minimum of 315 hours (around 45 days) developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation.
What are T Levels Worth?
T Levels are the equivalent of three A Level grades. Students will receive a nationally recognised certificate with the grading of distinction *, distinction, merit, pass (C or above on the core) or pass (D or E on the core).
T Level Results as A Levels:
- Distinction* = AAA *
- Distinction = AAA
- Merit = BBB
- Pass (C or above on the core) = CCC
- Pass (D or E on the core) = DDD
Calculate T Level UCAS points here.
What areas are T Levels available in?
From 2020 T Levels will be available in three areas:
- Digital production, design and development (digital industry)
- Design, surveying and planning (construction industry)
- Education (education and childcare industry)
From 2021, 22 more courses will be available in areas such as:
- Engineering & manufacturing
- Creative industries
- Hair & beauty
- Healthcare science
For the full list of areas see Gov UK.
Find out more about T Levels at Gov UK.
By Clarissa Ducie