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Getting Technical with T Levels:

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new alternative to A Levels. These 2-year courses, launched in the UK September 2020 offer students aged 16+ a mix of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience.

We delve deeper into why you might want to consider a T Level for your child as well as where and when they will be available.

What is involved in a T Level?

T Level courses include the following compulsory elements:

  • core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area

  • specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career

  • an industry placement with an employer ( of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days))

  • a minimum standard in maths and English if students have not already achieved them

How is a T Level Assessed?

One T Level is equivalent to 3 A levels and are more technical/vocational courses. T Levels are accredited by Ofqual, The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation which regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. A T Level will carry between 72 and 168 UCAS points for entry into higher education. By way of comparison, one A Level carries between 16 and 56 UCAS points. Students will take 3 - 4 A Levels and a capable student could, theoretically, take an additional A Level along with a T Level.

Assessment is a mix of examinations in the core skills, with a practical skills tests for the occupational specialisms developed in practice.

Assessments come in different forms, including group work, portfolios, and practical projects set by employers.

Grades awarded are Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Where are T Levels available?

T Levels are only available in the UK for now.

In the first year, just three subjects were on offer by a 44 colleges, schools and private training providers across the UK. More and more courses will be added in the next few years:

T Levels are supported by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Institute. Groups of employers have defined the skills and requirements for each T Level course by participating in T Level panels to ensure students will develop the technical knowledge and skills required by employers in that industry.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements will vary slightly. At Bridgwater & Taunton College, one of the first colleges in the country to offer this qualification, the requirements are at least five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range, with a minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths. Entry to T Levels is subject to a successful interview, and a keen interest in your subject area is a plus.

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