T Levels

Get ready to take the next step on your educational journey after your GCSEs, and the challenge of a new and exciting type of qualification.

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What are T Levels?

Technical levels (T Levels) are a new qualification that will be equal to three A Levels.

Available to school leavers after they have completed their GCSEs, T Levels offer an alternative to A Levels or an apprenticeship.

The difference between a T and an A level is that with a T Level, 80% of the course is in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where you’ll put these skills into practice.

T Levels have been designed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so that you will learn everything you need to prepare for the workplace. They offer you more practical work experience and industry placement hours as part of your education than any other qualification currently available, except for apprenticeships.

In fact, as part of your T Level education, you will do more than 300 hours of industry placements over the course of your two-year programme.

And because they are the equivalent of three A Levels, T Levels also give you the option to move onto university or a higher apprenticeship once you’ve completed the programme.

The entry requirements for T Levels differ from course to course, but as they are equivalent to A Levels, bear in mind that good GCSE results are necessary. See the T Levels’ course pages for details [link to T Levels search results].


What T Levels are available and when do they start?

T Levels go live at Activate Learning from September 2021, and we will be offering them in the following areas:

Digital Production, Design and Development

This course focuses on the digital industry and aims to give you the essential knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to any digital occupation.

Learn the essentials behind all digital roles by understanding data and digital systems, how software and business interact, security, testing, planning and legal issues. You then build on this by developing specialist skills in understanding user needs and designing and developing digital systems. 

This type of qualification is ideal for people who want to work in the following areas:

  • digital development
  • security
  • project planning and management
  • computing systems management
  • software development

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Healthcare Science

This course starts with the essential knowledge and skills to work in healthcare or science including how the industry works, core scientific concepts and key regulations including managing information, health and safety and good scientific/clinical practice.

You will then have the chance to specialise in at least one of the following areas:

  • assisting with healthcare science
  • dental services (making dental devices)
  • optical care services
  • pharmacy services
  • prosthetic and orthotic technical services

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More T Level subjects will be offered from September 2022 onwards.

How are T Levels graded?

Once you complete your T Level, there are several options that are available to you. These include moving into full-time employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.

To help T Level students get into higher education, UCAS tariff points have been allocated to T Levels, which means they will be equivalent to three A Levels.

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

UCAS tariff points T Level overall grade A Level
168 Distinction* (A* on the core and distinction in the occupational specialism) AAA*
144 Distinction AAA
120 Merit BBB
96 Pass (C or above on the core) CCC
72 Pass (D of E on the core DDD


Find out more about how T Levels are graded on the government website.

Find out more

Whether you are a prospective student, parent or employer partner, there are additional resources available to find out more about T Levels.

If you are interested in finding out more about being a T Levels student, you can:

  • read more about T Levels on the government website
  • watch Department for Education’s T Level videos
  • register for an upcoming Open Event where you can speak to our teaching staff about T Levels

If your child is currently in Year 10, and thinking about post-GCSE options from September 2021, you can find out more information to help make the right decision for your child’s future:

  • watch Department for Education’s T Level videos
  • visit the National Careers Service website for information and guidance on all post-16 options for your child
  • speak to the careers advisor at your child’s school
  • register for an upcoming Open Event where you can speak to our teaching staff about T Levels

We work with more than 2,000 employers and businesses across our college group and we are always looking for new industry partners to help us co-create placements and input into our curriculum.

By partnering with Activate Learning you will have direct input into ensuring that the talent you need for your business to thrive and succeed is being developed at your local college.

Watch our video T Levels Event Explores Developing Future Business Talent to find out how industry placements for T Levels work, what the benefits are to your organisation, and how employers can get involved.

Get ahead of the game and start working with the best young talent now. Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll find the right fit for you.