What are T Levels?
T Levels are a new Level 3, two-year study programme, aimed at students aged 16–18, which will follow GCSEs and be equivalent to three A Levels.
Combining classroom theory with practical learning and a 3 month industry placement, T Levels will make sure students have real experience of the workplace.
The courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare students for work.
T Levels will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment or progress to higher level study.
When are they being introduced and how?
The first T Levels will be introduced by the government through selected schools and colleges across England in September 2020. T Levels are to be phased in, starting with a limited number of options to be offered by a controlled number of providers.
A published list of the providers is available here and they will be offering the first courses in:
Childcare and Education, Construction and, Digital
The Department for Education hopes to have all its intended pathways available for final assessments by 2024, although it may be later before T Levels are universally available.
The remaining T Levels will be introduced from 2022:
Catering and Hospitality
Health and Science
Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care
Legal, Finance and Accounting
Creative and Design
Hair and Beauty
Business and Administration
Engineering and Manufacturing
How will T Levels work with other Level 3 study programmes?
At 16, students will choose between an academic study programme (A Levels and applied general qualifications) or an occupational route (T Level or apprenticeship). The latter route is designed to take people into occupations and higher level technical training. The T Level programmes will mirror the same occupational pathways as apprenticeships.
The DfE will be reviewing which qualifications it should fund at Level 3, and intends to engage with interested parties throughout the design of the review.
T Level courses will include the following compulsory 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
Industry Placements and the Benefits to Employers
Every T Level will include an industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 45 working days but can last longer. Employers of all sizes across the country will have the opportunity to provide a 3 month industry placement as part of the T Level. These can be undertaken as a block, or as individual days, depending on the model which works best for the employer, young person and school or college.
Placements will offer several benefits to your business:
Extra resources for day-to-day projects
Build the capacity of your business and grow the skills you need
Upskilling of existing staff through coaching and mentoring
Bringing in imaginative and new ideas
A cost-effective recruitment pipeline for entry-level jobs
A diverse and creative workforce
An opportunity to provide a positive experience for a young person
Full details on Industry Placements available here
Find out more about the next steps for providers and how to get involved.
Read the T Level action plan for detailed information about how we’re developing the T Level qualifications for post-16 students.