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T Levels are a new technical qualification – started nationally in September 2020 and at Harlow College in September 2021 – which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. T Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days) with an employer to make sure students have real experience of the workplace.

T Level Building Services Engineering for Construction – Electrotechnical Engineering

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Construction T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the construction industry and gives you:

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the construction industry.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the construction industry.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the construction industry on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.
  • Specialist knowledge and skills of electrical and electronic systems engineering.

T Level Design and Development – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

This new T Level focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed for working in the Engineering Industry, which will prepare learners to enter the industry through employment or as an apprentices. The completion of this qualification gives the learner the opportunity to progress onto higher education courses and training. The content on this course covers a broad range of engineering skills with specific focus on design, mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering.

T Level Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in construction, specifically in surveying and design, civil engineering, building services design, or hazardous materials surveying.

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Construction T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the construction industry and gives you:

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the construction industry.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the construction industry.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the construction industry on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.
  • Specialist knowledge and skills of design for construction and the built environment.

T Level Digital Support Services – Digital Infrastructure

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Digital T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the Digital industry and gives you:

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the digital industry.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the digital industry.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the digital industry on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.

T Level Education and Childcare – Early Years Educator

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Education and Childcare T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the sector and gives you: 

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the education and childcare sector.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the education and childcare sector.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the education and childcare sector on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.  
  • Specialist knowledge and skills relating to either early years or supporting and mentoring students in further and higher education 

T Level Health – Supporting the Adult Nursing Team

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Health T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the sector and gives you:

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Health T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the sector and gives you:

  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the health sector.
  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the health sector.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side-by-side with those in the health sector on your industry placement. You will have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world, while you continue your studies.
  • Specialist knowledge and skills relating to supporting the adult nursing team.

T Level Plumbing and Heating Engineering

For candidates who want to work as plumbers in the building services engineering sector. This qualification does not make candidates fully qualified plumbers but enables them to gain the relevant hand skills and knowledge T Levels are new, two-year, technical study programmes, designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. 

T Levels will provide a mixture of:

  • technical knowledge and skills specific to their chosen industry or occupation
  • an industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation
  • relevant maths, English and digital skills.

T Levels will become one of three major options for students to study at level 3, alongside apprenticeships for those who wish to study and train for a specific occupation 'on the job', and A levels for students who wish to continue academic education.

T Levels Q&A

WHAT ARE T LEVELS?

T Levels are new technical courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. They are Level 3 course that span approximately 1800 hours over 2 years. 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’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

WHO ARE THEY FOR?

T Levels are ideal for learners who are looking for a more technical route into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

T Levels are a technical alternative to A Levels and prepare learners for technical careers.

STRUCTURE OF A T LEVEL

T Levels will include the following compulsory elements:

  • a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area and specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer
  • a minimum standard in maths and English if learners have not already achieved them

T LEVELS AND INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

T Levels include 315 hours (approximately 45 days) of industry placement with an employer. Around 80% of time will be spent in the classroom and 20% on placement. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% in the workplace and 20% in the classroom.

Industry placements can be undertaken as a block, as individual days, or a combination of the two.