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Why study a T-Level?

Each two-year course has been designed with employers from multiple sectors and combines classroom study with a 45-day industry placement to prepare your child for the world of work, or further study like a higher level apprenticeship or university.


Every T-level is taught through a mix of classroom and workplace-based learning. Students will spend 80% of their time at college and 20% developing the skills needed for the workplace on  industry placement.


Understanding of the real world of work is incredibly valuable. As well as helping students to make more informed choices about their career pathway, they will gain experience that employers look for when it comes to hiring.


Students will build essential skills, such as teamwork and communication, for their future employment


Students will put their skills and knowledge into practice in the real world of work, and build contacts with with employers for future progression

Why should I study a T Level?

These new qualifications, which take two years to complete, have been designed with industry experts to provide you with the skills employers are looking for. They will enable you to thrive in the workplace while giving businesses the workforce they need to succeed.

Am I suited to studying a T Level?

T Levels can be studied by anyone aged 16-19 (you must be 18 before the 31st August on academic year starting) and up to the age of 24 for students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Your Industry Placement

Having a substantial industry placement built into your course is a huge benefit to your studies. T Levels include a 315-hour (or 45 day) industry placement over the two-year course. Students gain valuable experience and essential workplace skills; employers get early sight of the new talent in their industry.

Qualification Explained

T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent in size to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.


Entry Requirements & Progression

Following on from your GCSEs, T Levels are equivalent to 3 A Levels and the highest grade you can achieve is a Distinction* which is worth 168 UCAS points (equal to 3A* at A Level).



T-levels are a good option even if a student only has a rough idea of the career or field they’re interested in. The study and industry placement aren’t linked to a specific individual role or job. Instead a student will be given a broad exposure to an industry and the many different roles it offers.

Going straight into employment is one option after completing a T-level and all students will have a head start on the skills they’ll need in the workplace.

Alternatively they could start an apprenticeship or higher level studies including university. One T-level is the equivalent of three A-levels, so has the same UCAS points value.


T-levels give young people a great headstart in the field they’d like to work in. Many will move to studying a T-level straight after their GCSEs.

Other young people may benefit from more time to get ready to study a T-level. The Transition Programme has been created for just this purpose.

Lasting a year, the T-level Transition Programme can give a student the relevant knowledge, practical and study skills they need to then begin the T-level course of their choosing.