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T Levels Information for Schools

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new level 3 technical qualification – equivalent to three A Levels – for school leavers (16-18 year olds) to study after completing their GCSEs. 

T Levels will bring together classroom study with a significant work placement (industry placement) to give young people the skills and knowledge required to be ready to work in a wide range of sectors and industries. 

When do T Levels start?

The T Levels on offer at City College from September 2022:

The T Levels on offer at City College from September 2023:

  • Accounting (Assistant Accountant)
  • Catering (Professional Catering)
  • Craft & Design (Textiles & Fashion Maker)
  • Design, Surveying & Planning Route (Building Services Design; Surveying and Design for Construction and the Built Environment)
  • Digital Business Services Route (Data Services)
  • Digital Support Services Route (Digital Infrastructure; Digital Support; Network Cabling)
  • Financial Services (Financial Compliance/Risk Analyst; Insurance Practitioner; Investment Banking and Asset and Wealth Management Analyst)
  • Hairdressing, Barbering & Beauty Therapy (Barbering; Beauty Therapy; Hairdressing)
  • Legal Services (Business, Finance and Employment; Crime, Criminal Justice and Social Welfare)
  • Management & Administration (Business Improvement; Business Support; Team Leadership/Management)
  • Media, Broadcast & Production (Creative Media Technician; Content Creation & Production)
What is an industry placement?

An industry placement is an extended period of work experience (45 days) to give students the opportunity to develop their practical and technical skills in a role that relates to their course.

How are T Levels different from Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are jobs with training, for young people who are ready to work. An apprentice spends 80% of their time in paid employment and 20% learning in the classroom.

T Levels are for young people who want to continue studying and gain work experience with a real employer on a worthwhile industry placement. T Level students complete employability training so they understand the demands and expectations of the workplace before the placement starts.

Click here to view the T Levels Teachers’ Pack


Below are some helpful resources to support you in educating students and parents about T Levels.

T Levels Guide