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T Levels Information for Students

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a brand new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want. They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels.

The two-year T Level qualification brings classroom and work placement together on a course designed with employers and businesses.

You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement to give you the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

Your T Level will help you to step straight into your chosen career, an Apprenticeship or a degree.

Wherever your future is heading, take it to the next level.

What T Levels can I apply for?

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 (Building Services Design; Surveying and Design for Construction and the Built Environment)
  • Digital Business Services (Data Services)
  • Digital Support Services (Digital Infrastructure; Digital Support; Network Cabling)
  • Finance (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; Events and venues technician; Content Creation & Production)
T Levels: giving you control over your education and training

T Levels comprise occupational specialisms, allowing you full control of which direction your studies will take. The occupational specialisms are in the brackets of the courses listed above. As more pathways are determined and developed, the College will add to these.

Each T Level will include core components, and these could overlap with some of the units taught on other T Levels. For example, there will be some shared units between the Science and Healthcare Science T Levels, covering the essential knowledge and skills for both courses.

Why study a T Level?

T Levels have been designed following thorough consultations with leading businesses and employers to allow students to meet the needs of the industry both now and in the future.  By completing this nationally recognised qualification, you will gain an understanding of what a career is like in your chosen industry whilst also being awarded UCAS points that will be recognised by universities and other education providers.

Download the official T Level leaflet here – T Levels Student Questions


What’s the difference between a T Level and an Apprenticeship?

T Levels give you the opportunity to experience an industry while you continue your studies, with the opportunity to specialise later. While gaining practical experience, you also achieve the qualifications needed to move into a higher level of study if you choose to later.

Apprenticeships are paid, work-based training for those who know what occupation they want to pursue.

T Levels and the City

T Levels offer a new way to support the city’s valuable employers by providing them with talented, work-ready youngsters who have the potential to become future industry leaders.

T Levels will raise the profile of technical education and shine a light on the highly valued skills needed in various industries that offer well-paid, lifelong careers. These industries include science, engineering manufacturing and digital technologies.

These qualifications will go some way to mitigate the growing skills gap, and support the growth of these industries, in turn creating more well-paid and high-level jobs for Plymouth and the wider region.

T Levels will also support the city in achieving some of its goals, particularly in relation to growing the above-mentioned industries, but also the city’s sustainability goals.