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T Levels


A T Level is a nationally recognised qualification for 16 to 19-year-olds that takes 2 years to complete. Equivalent in size to 3 A Levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.

Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days. Students get valuable experience in the workplace; employers get early sight of the new talent in their industry.

T Level students spend 80% of the course in their learning environment, gaining the skills that employers need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action.


T Levels are a 2-year qualification designed to give you a head start towards the career you want and are equivalent in size to 3 A Levels. The government has developed T Levels to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. 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 skills and knowledge companies look for.

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.

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.

Nearly 70 schools and colleges already offer T Levels. More than 400 colleges are expected to start offering them by September 2024. You can search for colleges and school currently offering T Levels to find out where your nearest one is and how you can get there.

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Business benefits of industry placements:

Smarter Recruitment

A Solution For Entry-Level Jobs

Industry placements are an ideal solution for entry-level skills. They can help you build a pipeline of talent for junior positions or apprenticeships.

Cost-Effective Channel for Recruitment

You can avoid many of the costs associated with recruitment by working with local colleges and schools to connect with young people who are deciding on their careers.

Develop Young People Into Your Industry

Placements give you a chance to work alongside the next generation of workers entering your industry, making sure they develop the knowledge, attitude, and practical skills to succeed.

Support For Your Staff

Better Management and Mentoring Skills

Placements create opportunities for staff to act as buddies, coaches or line managers to students. This helps existing staff gain management and mentorship skills, both of which are known to increase job satisfaction.

A Fresh Perspective

For smaller employers, young people can be an invaluable source of new and interesting ideas that can change the way you think about doing business.

Extra Help With Projects

In an environment where staff are doing multiple roles and struggling to meet difficult deadlines, an industry placement student could help support a key piece of work.

Support Your Local Community

Improved Diversity

Industry placements create opportunities for a diverse range of 16- to 19-year-olds. Diversity helps your organisation understand customers better, creates better performing teams and increases innovation and creativity.

Create Shared Value in Your Community

Traditionally, organisations have supported social causes by making charitable donations. Industry placements are different in that they help create ‘shared value’. They’re a way of giving back that benefits the young people in your community as well as your business.

Enhanced Brand Image and Profile

A commitment to industry placements raises your organisation’s profile, locally and nationally, especially as T Levels gain more public exposure with your customers and clients


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