What are T Levels?

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)

T LEVELS FAQs

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?

Digital Production and Education & Childcare will be available from September 2020 at Uxbridge College.

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?

Online applications for T Levels at Uxbridge College will open soon. However you can download our paper based application form by clicking on the link below. 

APPLICATION FORM 2020-21

Once completed, you can submit or post the completed form to the following address: 
Uxbridge College Admissions
Park Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1NQ

Please contact our careers team for more information.
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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 successfully complete a T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*, along with a nationally recognised certificate to show their overall grade and a breakdown of their results.
A T Level entails the following, which students must complete to achieve a grade:

• A technical qualification, which will cover:
o Core theory, concepts and skills for the student’s chosen industry area
o A specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career relevant to the student’s interest
• Direct, hands-on experience in an industry placement with an employer in a relevant field
• A minimum standard in maths and English (if students have not already achieved them)

Can I go to university after a T Level?

Yes, to help students get into higher education, UCAS tariff points will be allocated to T Levels, in the same way they are with A Levels. This means they will be just as academically stretching and offer students the options of progressing to a job, higher technical training, a degree or an apprenticeship. 

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.

Each overall T Level grade equates to the following amount of UCAS tariff points:


UCAS TARIFF POINTS T LEVEL OVERALL GRADE
168 Distinction*
144 Distinction
120 Merit
96 Pass (C)
72 Pass (D or E)

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: 

www.gov.uk/dfe/t-levels

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-49410325

Providers selected to deliver T Levels