So what is a T Level?

T Levels are new courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels and last for two years. The course combines classroom learning and an industry placement.

The College is set to deliver T Levels from 2021. Applications for T Levels will be open in October 2020.

After passing your T Level, you will get a nationally recognised certificate showing the overall grade you achieved - pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. It will also give details of what you learned on the course to help you move into skilled employment or a higher apprenticeship.

UCAS tariff points will be allocated to T Levels ensuring a route into higher education. 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.

The College will support you and the employers offering industry placements. This will include assistance with the necessary paperwork and a careful planning process.

Download our Introduction to T Levels Brochure here:

How does it work?

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). You will spend approximately 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% at work in a placement. They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

What's great about a T Level?

They are designed to give students a broad range of knowledge and skills necessary for employment; linked to their area of study and industry sector.

It provides the opportunity to develop specialist technical skills that employers find attractive.

The course is designed with many huge employers such as the BBC, Fujitsu and IBM having an input into what they want to be included in the qualifications. This means students will be able to learn many of the key skills that these big organisations look for.

On completion of a T Level, students will have a wide range of options available to them including being work ready.

T Levels involve more classroom study than apprenticeships, which means you can experience an industry while you continue your studies.

How can Employers support Industry Placements?

Employers can offer Industry Placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer, if necessary.

Benefits to the Employer?

  • Developing existing staff mentoring and management skills
  • Improving recruitment for entry-level jobs
  • Giving opportunities to young people from a wide range of backgrounds, leading to a more diverse workforce
  • Having extra resources for projects: bringing in new and imaginative ideas
  • Building partnerships with local colleges and training providers


On successful completion of a T Level qualification, students will have a range of progression routes including: gaining employment in a skilled occupation, apply for a higher or degree level apprenticeship, or continue a higher level technical study at university.

Higher Education

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

Students must achieve at least an overall T Level pass grade to receive UCAS points.

UCAS tariff pointsT Level overall gradeA Level
168Distinction* (A on the core and distinction in the occupational specialism)AAA*
96Pass (C or above on the core)CCC
72Pass (D or E on the core)DDD

How is a T Level structured?

A technical qualification, which will include:

  • core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
  • specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer
  • a minimum standard in maths and English (if students have not already achieved them)


T Levels for Delivery September 2021

T LevelDigital Production, Design & Development
SpecialismDesign and Development

You will carry out a work placement of approximately 45 days over the two-year programme – this will form 20 per cent of your time on the course.
You will gain first-hand experience of an expanding industry offering job opportunities in areas of skills shortage, including cyber security, programming and games development.
Your time at College will be spent learning in our Digital Skills Academy laboratories focussing on either:
            • Internet of Things integrating a range of devices such as smart home products like Alexa and Hive.
            • Cyber Security and Digital Technologies developing up-to-date software for websites and cloud facilities.
            • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence building and programming robots. Equipment includes walking robots, with a six-legged spider robot, robotic arms and 3D AI software

T LevelDesign, Surveying and Planning for Construction
SpecialismCivil Engineering
You will carry out a work placement of approximately 45 days over the two-year programme – this will form 20 per cent of your time on the course.
You will gain first-hand experience of working at national, international or local architectural, civil and building services engineering industries such as, JLP Surveys, Truline, Murphys and AECOM.
On completion you may progress to university to the following degrees:
  • Architectural Engineering BEng
  • Civil Engineering BEng
  • Building Services Engineering BEng

T LevelEducation
SpecialismEarly Years Education and Childcare or Teaching and Education
You will carry out a 45-day placement across the two-year programme in your age phase specialism to gain valuable experience and insight into teaching – this will form 20 per cent of your time on the course.
Study a range of topics including child development and supporting education.
As part of our partnership with Edge Hill University you will access the Tomorrow’s Teacher programme which includes visits to the campus, bespoke sessions delivered by university academics and meeting current trainee teachers.
Edge Hill University will support with UCAS applications and guarantee an interview if you choose to apply there.

VIEW T LEVEL EDUCATION - Early Years education and Childcare

Route Health and Science
T Level Health
Specialism Supporting Healthcare
There are three specialist strands including Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Supporting Therapies.

You will carry out a work placement of approximately 45 days with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) over the two-year programme – this will form 20 per cent of your time on the course.

As part of our partnership with WWL you will benefit from a guest speaker programme of nursing professionals.

On completion you will be guaranteed an interview at an NHS partner university such as Edge Hill University.

At College you will access specialist clinical skills centres which replicate a ward environment, with equipment used in the health sector.


More information can be found on the government website here: