- What are T Levels?
- Which T Levels are available?
- Who will get the most from T Levels?
- What are the T Level entry requirements?
- What are the differences between T Levels and A Levels?
- UCAS Tariff for T Levels
- Careers for T Level students
- Why have T Levels been introduced?
- Find out more
What are T Levels?
T Levels are a new technical qualification, which became effective from September 2020.
Here’s what you need to know:
- A T Level takes two years and is equivalent to 3 A Levels
- T Levels are worth UCAS points (needed for university)
- T Levels bring classroom and industry placements together
- T Levels are designed with businesses to give students the inside track for your future career
T Levels are studied five days a week, with 80% of your time in the classroom and the other 20% on a relevant industry placement, getting real on-the-job experience.
Each T Level is made up of:
- Core industry skills and knowledge
- Specialist skills and knowledge relevant to your chosen career
- A minimum 315-hour (45 day) industry placement with an employer
- Relevant maths, English and digital skills
You will be assessed by exams for the core skills and practical skills tests for the occupational (career) specialisms.
T Levels are career-focused, with a significant industry placement allowing you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to compete for the best university places, higher/degree apprenticeships and highly skilled careers.
T Levels are for young people who are academically strong and ambitious to get ahead in high-level technical occupations (next level skills for next level jobs). They provide the chance to learn what a real career is like while studying.
Which T Levels are available?
B&FC will be offering the following eight T Levels for 2021:
- Building Services Engineering for Construction
- Design, Surveying and Planning (Construction)
- Digital Production, Design and Development
- Digital Support Services
- Education and Childcare
- Health: Adult Nursing
- Onsite Construction
These T Levels are also expected to be offered by B&FC in 2022:
- Management and Administration
What are the T Level entry requirements?
You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths.
If you choose the Primary Teaching route of the Education and Childcare T Level, you'll also need a science-related subject.
What are the differences between T Levels and A Levels?
T Levels and A Levels have exactly the same entry requirements and both lead straight to university.
If you have a specific career goal, a T Level will give you the experience and skills needed to get a head start into your chosen area.
T Levels lead to a nationally-recognised qualification showing specific learning outcomes with an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.
They equip young people to progress to university, highly skilled employment or a higher/degree apprenticeship.
UCAS Tariff for T Levels
The tariff allocates points to each qualification grade so you can easily work out what you need for a particular course. The table below shows how T Levels equate to A Levels.
|UCAS Tariff points||T Level overall grade||A Level grades|
|96||Pass (C or above on the core)||CCC|
|72||Pass (D or E on the core)||DDD|
The table above is based on achieving the same grade for each A Level. However, UCAS tariff totals can be achieved through different A Level grade combinations based on the following A Level grade points: A*=56; A=48; B=40; C=32; D=24; E=16.
Careers for T Level students
T Levels are a great option for students with a career in mind who want to experience the workplace while learning essential skills for the job of your dreams - or higher education.
Here are the T Levels and your likely career paths:
Building Services Engineering for Construction
- Plumber Heating and Ventilation Engineer
- Facilities Manager - Building Services
- Engineering Site Manager
Design, Surveying and Planning (Construction)
- Architectural Designer
- Building Surveyor
- Civil Engineer
- Estate Agent
- Land Surveyor
- Quantity Surveyor
- Structural Engineer
Digital Production, Design and Development
- Software Developer
- Game Developer
- Software Tester
- Application Developer
- Web Developer
Digital Support and Network Engineering
- Network Engineer
- Network Support Analyst
- Architecture Analyst
- IT Support Engineer
- Desktop Support
- Technical Architect
- IT Manager
- Support Worker
- Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner
- Nursery Manager
- Teaching Assistant
- Education Welfare Officer
Health: Adult Nursing
- Adult Nurse
- Healthcare Assistant
- Other allied health roles
- Site/Bench Carpenter
- Painter and Decorator
- Construction Site Manager
- Quantity Surveyor
- Pathology Scientist
- Pharmacy Technician
- Forensic Scientist
- Physicians Associate
- Veterinary Nurse
Why have T Levels been introduced?
T Levels are a big part of the government’s plan to transform UK education. They will provide the knowledge and skills employers need in order to secure the successful future of the UK economy.