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T Levels - the next level qualification

About T Levels

T Levels are a brand new, 2-year qualification that will give you a head start towards the future you want.

They bring classroom learning and an extended industry placement together on a course designed with businesses and employers.

A new choice

T Levels are ideal if you have finished your GCSEs and want the knowledge and experience to get straight into employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.

You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement with an employer to give you the knowledge and skills companies look for.


T Levels take 2 years of full time study and are equivalent to 3 A Levels.

The first 3 T Levels start in September 2020 at selected schools and colleges in England with more coming in the following years.

Our Essex colleges and providers support the introduction of T Levels, however are not within the early adopters to deliver the full qualifications. They are undertaking work to prepare for the work experience and industry placements though so get in touch with your local college to find out more.

WHy choose a T Level

T Levels are a new choice after your GCSEs. Check out the five great reasons for choosing a T Level – and get ready to move to the next 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.

4. Awarded UCAS points

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.

5. Learn your way

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. Schools and colleges set their own entry requirements, so check their website or contact them direct to find out more.

T Level Subjects

The first 3 T Levels start in September 2020 at selected schools and colleges in England.

More T Levels start in the following years until all 25 are available, covering everything from agriculture to catering and engineering to science.

coming in september 2020

COMing in september 2021

coming in september 2023

  • Accountancy
  • Design, development and control
  • Financial
  • Human resources
  • Legal
  • Maintenance, installation and repair
  • Management and administration
  • Manufacturing and process

coming in september 2023

  • Agriculture, land management and production
  • Animal care and management
  • Catering
  • Craft and design
  • Cultural heritage and visitor attractions
  • Hair, beauty and aesthetics
  • Media, broadcast and production



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