T Levels at B&FC

 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
  • Science

These T Levels are also expected to be offered by B&FC in 2022:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • 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  
96Pass (C or above on the core)CCC
72Pass (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
  • Electrician
  • 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
  • Teacher
  • Nursery Manager
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Education Welfare Officer

Health: Adult Nursing

  • Adult Nurse
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Other allied health roles

Onsite Construction

  • Bricklayer
  • Site/Bench Carpenter
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Plasterer
  • Construction Site Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor


  • Pathology Scientist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Physicians Associate
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Zoologist

 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.

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T Level courses