T Levels are the newest technical and vocational qualifications on offer and are being rolled out across the country.


Equivalent to 3 A-Levels, they include a 45-day industry placement and are based 80% in the classroom and 20% in work. These 2-year qualifications are an alternative to A levels, other post-16 courses or an apprenticeship. They bring classroom learning and an extended industry placement together on a course designed with businesses and employers.

Launched in September 2020, these courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and education providers so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for entry into skilled employment, an apprenticeship or related technical study through further or higher education.

How T Levels will work with other qualifications

T Levels will become one of the main choices for students after GCSEs alongside:

  • apprenticeships for students who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’
  • A levels for students who wish to continue academic education
  • other qualifications not served by A levels or T levels, including sport science, performing arts and small qualifications designed to be taken alongside A levels


How T Levels have been developed

Employers and providers work together to develop each T Level, with support from DfE and the Institute. Groups of employers have defined the skills and requirements for each T Level course by participating in T Level panels. This ensures that students taking T Levels will develop the technical knowledge and skills required by employers in that industry.

The T Level panels have developed the content for the technical qualifications which are part of each T Level programme, based on the same standards as apprenticeships. These plans are then tested and reviewed with students, education providers and additional employers.


Industry placements

Every T Level includes an industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer.

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.

Providers will support employers offering industry placements. This will include assistance with paperwork, a careful planning process and support with designing the industry placement.

DfE’s employer engagement teams work with employers of all sizes and providers on industry placements.

Employers interested in finding out more about industry placements should contact the providers directly via the links above.

Alternatively, their contact details can be found here.