T Levels

What are T Levels?

T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and be equivalent to three A Levels. They will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a 3 month industry placement to make sure students have real experience of the workplace. The 2 year T Level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that they meet the needs of industry and prepare students for work. T Levels provide the skills, knowledge and experience you need to open the door to highly skilled employment, higher level study or apprenticeship.

  • Equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • New qualifications designed with employers and businesses
  • Brings classroom and industry placement together
  • Giving knowledge and skills employers need
  • Next level skills for next level jobs
  • Head start towards a career you want

When are they being introduced?

T Levels will be offered from September 2020 onwards, in the first instance at selected colleges and schools.

How long does a T Level take?

A T Level will take you two years to study full time and is equivalent to three A Levels.

What T Level subjects can I study at Suffolk New College?

Our first T Levels is in Construction which will be available from September 2020!

What is different about T Levels?

T Levels will provide the skills and knowledge you need for work. All T Levels will include an industry placement‎ with an employer so that you can apply your learning in a real workplace environment. Around 80% of your time will be spent in the classroom with the remaining 20% being spent on placement. This differs from an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom and is more suited to those who want to earn a wage and learn at the same time and are ready to enter the workforce at age 16.

Will T Levels be available in my area?

Suffolk New College will be amongst the first providers to offer T Levels in 2020 in Design, Surveying and Planning.

How long is the industry placement?

The industry placement will be 3 months in total, although the specific length of the placement and when it will take place during the two-year course will differ depending on your chosen T Level. Placements can be undertaken as a block, or as individual days, depending on the model which works best for employer, young person and school or college.

Who are T Levels for?

T Levels are ideal if you have completed your GCSEs and want to get into a skilled job. T Levels will enable you to build the knowledge and experience to help you get the job you want. Because T Levels are being developed in collaboration with employers and businesses you will have the skills that employers in your chosen industry need.

Can I go to university after a T Level?

Yes, you can. T Levels will prepare you to progress into a skilled job, but you can also choose to take further technical training, such as a higher apprenticeship or degree, if you don’t want to move straight into a job.

Will they be recognised by employers?

The content for each T Level subject has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses. By having these businesses designing the content, you will be learning the key skills that employers are looking for, making you more employable.

Why would I choose an unpaid T Level over a paid Apprenticeship?

T Levels and Apprenticeships are different. A T Level will give you the opportunity to continue your studies and get a much broader idea of what it's like to work in a certain sector, with the opportunity to specialise later. Apprenticeships are paid, work-based training for those who know what occupation they wish to pursue.

For more information head over to the official T Levels for Parents site.