A Guide To T Levels

A Guide To T Levels

T levels have been introduced as part of the Government’s plan to transform education in the UK. They will provide the knowledge and skills employers need in order to secure the successful future of the UK economy.

If you know which career area is for you, a T level will give you the experience and technical skills needed to get a head start in your chosen area. T levels are designed for young people who are academically strong and provide the chance to learn what a real career is like whilst studying.

You will be assessed by a range of methods including external exams and assessments. T levels are equivalent to three A levels and Level 3 Diplomas.

During your industry placement you will develop transferable technical and practical skills in communication, research and project work. You will develop professional skills for industry as well as the personal, social and employability skills you will need for the future. As part of this placement, you will be assessed through an employer set project.

Which T Levels are available at Heart of Worcestershire College?


Why choose a T-Level?


T Levels have been designed with leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need. More than 200 businesses – including Fujitsu and Skanska – have been involved so you can be confident your T Level will move you to the next level.


T Levels give you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies. Your industry placement will last for at least 45 days – when and how you complete it depends on the T Level, college and employer.


When you pass your T Level, you will get a nationally recognised certificate showing the overall grade you achieved - pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. It will also give details of what you learned on the course to help you move into skilled employment or a higher apprenticeship.


Your T Level will be worth UCAS points – a T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A levels at A* – and will be recognised by universities and other education providers so you can choose to continue studying if you wish.


T Levels involve more classroom study than apprenticeships, which means you can experience an industry while you continue your studies.

Like A levels, there are no tuition fees to study a T Level if you start before you are 19. Please visit our dedicated course pages to view entry requirements.


The T Level sits alongside A levels and apprenticeships and will be the main vocational qualification post 16 with 80% classroom and 20% placement. It will provide choices for young people:

  • Apprenticeship – Training ‘on the job’ for those who like the idea of 80% workplace 20% classroom
  • A Level- Academic route
  • Other vocational courses not following T Level.