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What are T Levels?

If you are an Employer looking for information on T Levels please click here. Students please read on.

T Levels are a brand new qualification designed for 16-19 year olds, with a mixture of classroom learning and work placement. They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. T Levels are a 2-year qualification, after which you can step straight into your chosen career, an apprenticehship or a degree. These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ training during an industry placement of at least 45 days (315 hours). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open doors into a skilled job, higher apprenticeship or university.

You will be able to enrol on a T Level course in September 2020.  Uxbridge College (part of HCUC) is one of the 4 institutions in London, chosen to deliver this programme. We will be offering T Level courses in the following subject areas: 

  1. Digital sector: Digital production, design and development T Level (Uxbridge Campus)

  2. Education and Childcare sector: Education T Level (Hayes Campus)

Please click on the course links above to apply for a T level course. 



When do T Levels begin?

September 2020 onwards at Uxbridge College.

How long does a T Level take to complete?

A T Level qualification is a two-year course, including the industry placement. This is a significant increase on most current technical education courses, ensuring that students gain as much experience as possible while undertaking the qualification and are well prepared for the workplace.

What subjects can I study?

The following subjects will be available from September 2020 at Uxbridge College.

- Digital: Digital Production, Design & Development Production T Level
- Education & Childcare: Education T Level

Will T Levels be available in my area?

Uxbridge College will be amongst the first places to offer T Levels in 2020 in Digital Production and Education & Childcare.

When can I apply?

We are now accepting applications for our T Level courses for September 2020. Click on the links below to visit the course pages and apply by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button. 

Digital production, design and development T Level 

Education T Level 

Will T Levels replace other post-16 choices, such as A Levels and apprenticeships?

T Levels will become another option for students looking to continue studies after GCSE alongside apprenticeships and A Levels. As part of our wider reforms we are also reviewing qualifications at Level 3 and below to help streamline qualifications available to students at post 16.

How long is the industry placement?

An industry placement lasts around 45 days, undertaken as a block or as individual days. The specific length of the placement and when it will take place will differ depending on your T Level.

Is this the right path for me?

T Levels are ideal if you have completed your GCSEs and want to get the knowledge and experience needed to get a skilled job.

How are T Levels graded?

Students who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. They will get a nationally recognised certificate which will show their overall grade and a breakdown of what they have achieved.

The T Level certificate will include:
  • an overall grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*
  • a separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
  • a separate grade for each occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction
It will also include confirmation that the student has:

  • met the minimum requirements for maths and English qualifications
  • completed the industry placement
  • met any additional mandatory requirements

A student’s overall T Level grade will be worked out from the grades they achieved on the core component and the occupational specialism(s).

Students who do not pass all elements of their T Level will get a T Level statement of achievement which will show the elements they have completed.

Can I go to university after a T Level?

T Levels will provide several progression options to students. These include skilled employment, an apprenticeship and higher education.

To help T Level students get into higher education, UCAS tariff points will be allocated to T Levels.

UCAS points will only be allocated to the overall T Level grade. Students must achieve at least an overall pass grade to receive UCAS points.

168 Distinction*   AAA*
144 Distinction AAA
120 Merit BBB
96 Pass (C) CCC
72 Pass (D or E) DDD

Will they be recognised by employers?

T Levels are designed with businesses and employers, to make sure you have the skills and knowledge they are looking for in an employee.

What qualifications do I need to be able to study a T Level?

Specific entry requirements will differ according to the T Level you choose to study. More information coming soon.

Are T Levels better than apprenticeships?

T Levels will be based on the same high standards as apprenticeships, designed by employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
Apprenticeships are different in that they are typically 80% on-the-job training and 20% in the classroom learning, and are more suited to students who know what occupation they see themselves working in, want to earn a wage, learn at the same time and are ready to enter the workforce at age 16.


For more information on T Levels, please visit the following links:

Providers selected to deliver T Levels