T Levels: What You Should Know

In these uncertain times, a new career-led education, developed in partnership with employers, could prepare you for the future. Students are facing times like never before, and now more than ever, a career-led education could increase your employability and prepare you for the future. By choosing to study a T Level after GCSEs, a new technical qualification developed in partnership with employers, you will get both classroom and workplace learning to prepare you for the working world.

How do T Levels work?

T Levels are a brand-new, two-year technical qualification, designed in partnership with employers to equip students with the technical skills needed for work.  

You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom, learning the theory and knowledge behind your chosen technical skill; and you’ll spend the other 20% at work putting these skills into action. The start of your course will begin with a core curriculum to give you a good understanding of the subject overall, and you’ll then be able to choose a specialism. 

Choosing a T Level could be the start of an exciting career path. As well as giving you hands-on experience in industry, you will develop the knowledge and skills needed for progression straight into a skilled profession or into higher level technical training, such as apprenticeships or higher education. 

Alongside this, if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE maths and English then you will also work towards this.

Why choose a T Level?

  1. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary qualifications – The world has changed drastically, and everyone is having to adapt to these ever-changing and uncertain times. You could be part of the first cohort of T Level students, giving you specialist technical skills when entering the workplace or higher education. There are around 50 providers across the country offering T Levels this year, with more to come in following years. 
  2. Stepping stone into the working world – Courses have been designed by employers to ensure students are learning the skills industries are looking for, improving your employability. Over 200 employers, from small, local businesses to large multinationals, are involved so you can be confident you’ll be learning the skills real employers need. You’ll also get to know people in the industry which may open doors for employment in the future.
  3. Experience the world of work – Try out your potential dream job whilst studying.
  4. Qualifications that count – Nationally recognised certificate, equivalent to 3 A Levels. Counts towards UCAS points so you can continue into higher education if desired. 


You can still sign up to start in September 2020. There are three courses available:

Education and Child Care

Core curriculum:

Choice of specialism

  1. Early years education and childcare; assisting teaching
  2. Supporting and mentoring students in further and higher education


Core curriculum:

Choice of specialism: 

  1. Understanding user needs
  2. Designing and developing digital systems


Core curriculum:

Choice of specialism: 

  1. Building services design
  2. Civil engineering
  3. Hazardous materials analysis and surveying
  4. Surveying and design for construction and the built environment
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In September 2021, these 7 new courses will be available:

  • Building Services
  • Engineering
  • Digital Business Services
  • Digital Support Services
  • Health
  • Healthcare Science
  • Onsite Construction
  • Science

Eventually, there will be 25 T Levels, which will be introduced over the following years. You can find the full list here.  

There are limited places available for September 2020, so don’t wait. Find your nearest T Level provider here.

About the author:

This article was created by the Department for Education (DfE), who is responsible for child protection, education (compulsory, further and higher education), apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

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