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 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.


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Yes you do, the table below shows how many points you will be awarded based on your final T-Level grade.

UCAS Tariff points T Level overall grade Equivalent in A Level
168 Distinction* A*A*A*
144 Distinction AAA
120 Merit BBB
96 Pass (C or above on the core) CCC
72 Pass (D or above on the core) DDD
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T Levels are new courses launching in September 2020 for 16-19 year olds who have completed their GCSEs. Equivalent to three A Levels, the two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, including Amazon, KPMG, Fujitsu, Skanska, NHS and GlaxoSmithKline, so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ training during an industry placement of at least 45 days (315 hours). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open doors into a skilled job, higher apprenticeship or university.

here will be 25 T Levels in total which are being phased in over the next four years. Students will be able to study a T Level in the following subjects:

• Accountancy
• Agriculture, land management and production
• Animal care and management
• Building services engineering
• Catering
• Craft and design
• Cultural heritage and visitor attractions
• Design, development and control
• Design, surveying and planning
• Digital business services
• Digital production, design and development
• Digital support and services
• Education
• Financial
• Air, beauty and aesthetics
• Health
• Healthcare science
• Human resources
• Legal
• Maintenance, installation and repair
• Management and administration
• Manufacturing and process
• Media, broadcast and production
• Onsite construction
• Science

The first three T Levels, Digital, Construction and Education & Childcare, will be offered at selected colleges, schools and further education providers across England in September 2020. This means that students in Year 11 are the first to be eligible to take a T Level.

We will be launching in September 2020 Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development T Level, as well as the Education and Childcare: Education T Level transition course.

T Levels will become another option for students looking to continue studies after GCSE alongside apprenticeships and A Levels. As part of our wider reforms we are also reviewing qualifications at Level 3 and below to help streamline qualifications available to students at post 16.

A T Level qualification is a two-year course, including the industry placement. This is a significant increase on most current technical education courses, ensuring that students gain as much experience as possible while undertaking the qualification and are well prepared for the workplace.

T Levels will be based on the same high standards as apprenticeships, designed by employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Apprenticeships are different in that they are typically 80% on-the-job training and 20% in the classroom learning, and are more suited to students who know what occupation they see themselves working in, want to earn a wage, learn at the same time and are ready to enter the workforce at age 16.

Students who successfully complete a T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*, along with a nationally recognised certificate to show their overall grade and a breakdown of their results.

A T Level entails the following, which students must complete to achieve a grade:

• A technical qualification, which will cover:
o Core theory, concepts and skills for the student’s chosen industry area
o A specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career relevant to the student’s interest
• Direct, hands-on experience in an industry placement with an employer in a relevant field
• A minimum standard in maths and English (if students have not already achieved them)

Yes, to help students get into higher education, UCAS tariff points will be allocated to T Levels, in the same way they are with A Levels. This means they will be just as academically stretching and offer students the options of progressing to a job, higher technical training, a degree or an apprenticeship.

UCAS points will only be allocated to the overall T Level grade. Students must achieve at least an overall pass grade to receive UCAS points.

Each overall T Level grade equates to the following amount of UCAS tariff points:

168 UCAS Tariff Points - Distinction* T Level overall grade
144 UCAS Tariff Points - Distinction T Level overall grade
120 UCAS Tariff Points - Merit T Level overall grade
96 UCAS Tariff Points - Pass (C) T Level overall grade
72 UCAS Tariff Points - Pass (D or E) T Level overall grade

Government will have committed half a billion pounds to delivering T Levels once they are fully rolled out. This includes the recent announcement that the further education sector will receive an additional £400m. This includes funding earmarked specifically to support workforce development and to build capacity on industry placements.

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T Level learners visiting Ashcombe School Construction site

<p>Last week twelve first year T Level learners, studying Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction, went on a site visit to the Ashcombe Primary School Construction project, which is being built by John Perkins Construction Limited.</p>

<p>Before entering the site, learners were issued with all the correct Personal Protective Equipment and given a Health and Safety Site Induction by Richard Mann, the Site Manager for John Perkins Construction.</p>

<p>Once ready to enter the site, learners were then treated to a comprehensive site tour from Richard, which included visiting the new classrooms, reception area, school hall and other back-up facilities.</p>

<p>Throughout the tour Richard explained what materials were used and methods of construction. It was a fantastic interactive session, where learners asked multiple questions, allowing them to delve deeper into the techniques used, in more detail.</p>

<p>At the end of the tour, Richard kindly offered to host the T Level learners on site again in Spring next year, to see the progress on the build and experience the internal fit-out works of the project.</p>

<p>Daniel Comerford, Lecturer in Construction Professions at Weston College, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that made our recent possible – our learners found the site visit extremely beneficial.</p>

<p>“On the back of the visit, learners are writing up a technical report, which includes items such as health and safety, timber frames and foundation details.</p>

<p>“We look forward to working closely with John Perkins Construction Limited over the coming academic year.”</p>

<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/surve… you would like to find out more about our Construction T Level courses, please click here.</a></p>

Hannah, T Level learner standing in the Early Years Centre

<p>In a resounding testament to educational excellence, Weston College's <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/t-lev… Level</a> learners have achieved an extraordinary 100% pass rate this year – outshining the national pass rate of 90.5%.</p>

<p>T Levels, introduced as a new technical qualification pathway, emphasise a blend of classroom learning and practical experience, making Weston College's achievement even more noteworthy.</p>

<p>The achievement of a flawless pass rate is a reflection of the dedication put forth by students and the unwavering support provided by staff at Weston College.</p>

<p>Sandra Bull, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Cross College T Level Lead, at Weston College, said: “We are so proud of our T Level learners, and the amazing results that they have achieved – bucking the national trend!</p>

<p>“The results demonstrate the hard work and commitment of our students, staff and also the employer partners who play such an important role in the T Level journey for our learners.</p>

<p>“Our learners are now progressing onto their next stage, which looks different for each learner, with some progressing to university, some going on to complete degree apprenticeships and others going straight into their chosen industry.</p>

<p>“These results, and the feedback we are receiving, demonstrate the impact that T Levels can have and is having on creating the next generation of skilled employees for the evolving demands of the modern workforce.”</p>

<p>One of the driving forces behind this remarkable success is the college's emphasis on putting the learner first. Weston College is renowned for its student-centred approach, ensuring that each individual's unique strengths are harnessed and that support is on hand to support learners in any way that is needed. The dedicated teaching staff, equipped with a wealth of expertise, have played a pivotal role in shaping students into confident, knowledgeable professionals ready to make a meaningful impact.</p>

<p>Hear from some of the learners, and the impact T Levels has had on them, below.</p>

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<p>In a remarkable display of dedication and excellence, the Head of Business at <a href="https://www.sytner.co.uk/mercedes-benz">Mercedes Benz Weston-super-Mare</a>, who has been with Sytner for 23 years and the Mercedes-Benz brand for nearly 25 years, lauds the impact of <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/t-lev… Level</a> learners since they joined the prestigious dealership in April 2023.</p>

<p>The T Level program, a recent addition to the educational landscape, has already made a significant difference at Sytner. The Head of Business couldn't be more proud of the T Level students who have seamlessly integrated into the team. Instead of merely feeling like students, they have proven themselves to be valuable assets to the business. From the initial interview stage to their present roles, these learners have demonstrated a fantastic work ethic and a positive attitude towards learning, customers, and the wider team at Mercedes Benz Weston-super-Mare.</p>

<p>During their industry placement at Sytner, the T Level learners have contributed to various projects and completed tasks across the dealership. They have not only gained practical experience but also developed essential skills that are hard to acquire in a traditional classroom setting. The dealership has provided them with an opportunity to excel in customer service, maintain professional standards, and learn about workplace expectations. Moreover, they have honed their problem-solving abilities and have learned to seek out solutions, expanding their perspectives on how actions and processes can impact outcomes in a real business environment.</p>

<p>The collaboration with Weston College has been instrumental in fostering this exceptional partnership. The Head of Business expresses gratitude for the opportunity to support and inspire future talent. The staff and students at Weston College have been welcoming and delightful in every interaction, fostering a productive and conducive learning environment.</p>

<p>When asked for advice to employers considering taking on T Level learners for industry placements, the Head of Business wholeheartedly recommends the experience. T Levels provide an excellent opportunity to spot and nurture future talent while actively participating in shaping young people's careers and lives.</p>

<p>The partnership between Mercedes Benz Weston-super-Mare and Weston College is set to flourish further, with both entities eagerly anticipating a continued collaboration. As the T Level learners continue to thrive and grow within the business, the future looks bright for this harmonious partnership that bridges education and industry seamlessly.</p>


<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/work-experience?utm_source=main-menu&amp;utm_m… out more about having a T Level learner on board, here!</a></p>

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