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T Levels
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T Levels



What is a T Level?

T Levels are new ‘level 3’ qualifications that will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to three A Levels. Courses have been developed in collaboration with employers to ensure that they meet industry needs and prepare students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning (80%) and ‘on-the-job’ experience (20%) during an industry placements of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). 

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


Difference between apprenticeships and T Levels

T Levels and apprenticeships are based on the same employer designed standards, but will suit different learning styles. Apprenticeships are paid work, suitable for students who know what occupation they want to pursue and wish to learn ‘on the job’. T Levels will offer a broader course content, and students will specialise later in their programme. Apprenticeships content is narrower and focused on a specific occupation from the outset. 


T Levels:



  • Classroom-based programmes
  • 80% in the classroom and 20% on-the-job
  • Broader course content
  • Work-based training
  • 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom
  • Occupation-specific content


Industry Placements

Every T Level will include an industry placement with an employer focused on developing student's technical skills learnt in the classroom. Training providers will help you organise placements lasting a minimum of 45 working days. You can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.

Learn more about the industry placements.


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