What are T Levels?

T Levels are two year technical programmes that allow students to get real industry experience whilst they study for Secondary School age qualifications. They can often lead on to Apprenticeships as well as further technical qualifications.

Placements and core information

What are the key facts you need to know?

T Levels are an alternative to A Levels and include study, exams and short work based placements. Students will also need a good standard in their Maths, English and Functional Skills courses.

They will spend 80% of their time in the classroom and 20% with an employer putting what they have learnt into practice.  

Employers can work solo or as part of a group to offer placements and these can be completed either in 1 day or blocked time placements (or both).

An employer support fund is available from the government which can be used to support your costs for hosting students in your business.

You will need to provide:

  • Up to 315 hours (45 days) of placement activities per student
  • A mentor or manager to supervise the student
  • Induction and training for the tasks being completed
  • Feedback for the student after the placement.
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Benefits for your business

Why are T Levels good for your business?

T Levels provide a different pathway from traditional A Level qualification and allow students to experience your business and sector.

Taking T Level students into your business should be part of your long term strategy as it can:

  • develop your pipeline of future Apprentices or Interns,
  • build skills and knowledge in your team,
  • enhance your company reputation in the local area,
  • ensure diversity of age, ethnicity and gender in your workforce,
  • increase existing staff experience of mentoring young people,
  • bring new ideas into your business from the next generation.

T Levels are becoming increasingly popular with students with more than 20 course subjects now available.

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Employer Support fund

The employer support fund is provided by the government and can be used to offset the cost of placements to your business

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Provider

Providers are the educational institutions who manage the training qualifications for T Levels, such as a school or college. You'll need to work with them to arrange the placements.

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Placement

Placements are the work based training activities that T Level students undertake, these take at least 315 hours and can be completed in 1 day increments or blocks of days

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Courses

Just like for A Levels students must choose a course to study - there are more than 20 available with several specific to Engineering, Manufacturing and Data Science.

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Accelerated Apprenticeship

T Levels can lead to an accelerated Apprenticeship because the learning a student has done on their T Level course can be taken into account later on.

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Level

T Levels are level 3 qualifications in England, which is equivalent to A Level and other Technical qualifications.

Useful information and links - click the arrows to expand each section

UK Gov website

The UK Gov website is a good place for to start looking for information.  We've picked out a few links for you below.  

General guidance on Industry placements, including case study examples:

Visit the Government website

General Information about T Levels:

Employer guide on placements (document) More detailed guidance for employer on placements (webpage) Overview of T Level information Policy for Industry placements (2019) T Level funding T Levels and Technical Standards

Government statement on the new Advanced British Standard qualification and how it impacts T-Levels:

Read the statement

Webinars:

This webinar is aimed at SMEs who are interested in hosting placements for T Levels and contains useful information and case study examples from employers who have already been through the process.

Watch the webinar Find more webinars to watch


Strategic Development Network

Understanding the Education Landscape

City and Guilds

NHS

IfATE

NCFE - placement advice

What about Apprenticeships?

Confused about how Tlevels they work with apprenticeships? Looking for guidance and information? We've pulled together a simple guide for you to make the most of the best type of placement for your business.

Go to the Apprenticeships page

How do T Levels fit within qualification pathways?

If you'd like more information about how T Levels fit within qualification pathways - such as what do T Level students do next or how do they fit around apprenticeships you can take a look at our pathway diagram.

Use our Career Pathway Tool to match levels to qualifications
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