What are T Levels?
T Levels are two-year technical study programmes for 16 to 19-year olds that include a qualification and an industry placement. They are intended to give students the knowledge and practical skills to progress into skilled employment at level 3 and above, or higher levels of technical training.
The Department intends for T Levels to become one of the main choices for students after GCSE alongside apprenticeships and A Levels.
You can find a simple overview of them and the subjects that will be available here.
When are they starting?
The first three T Levels will be available at selected colleges and schools (providers) across England in September 2020.
The first courses available will be in:
- digital production, design and development
- design, surveying and planning
- and education.
T Level courses will include the following elements:
- a technical qualification, which will include:
- core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
- specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
- an industry placement with an employer
- a minimum standard in maths and English if students have not already achieved them
Grading and certification
Students who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
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.
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.
To help T Level students get into higher education, UCAS tariff points will be allocated to T Levels. You can access the tariff information and comparison to A Level here.
Published at the end of 2018, the Department's T Level action plan provides an update on progress made in developing policy and implementing the reforms set out in the post-16 skills plan.
This action plan includes updates on:
- Progress on the delivery of T Levels in 2020
- T Levels for delivery in 2021
- How providers will be selected to deliver T Levels in 2021
- Clarification on outstanding qualification design issues, including grading, flexibilities for SEND students, UCAS points for T Levels
- The assurance and regulatory system for the technical qualifications within T Levels
- The workforce support that will be made available from spring 2019.
The action plan is available online here.
Further information about T levels and next steps for providers can also be accessed on the gov.uk website.
First published 21 August 2019