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What are T Levels?

T Levels are new 2-year, technical programmes designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. From 2020, they will give students aged 16 to 18 a technical alternative to A levels and will help them to get a skilled job. T Levels will provide a mixture of:

  • technical knowledge and practical 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
  • common workplace skills

Students who achieve a T Level will get a certificate recognised nationally by employers which will set out what they have achieved as part of the programme.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom or workshop-based learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience in the following industries:

  • digital
  • construction
  • education and childcare
  • engineering and manufacturing
  • health and science
  • legal, finance and accounting
  • hair and beauty
  • agriculture, environment and animal care
  • business and administration
  • catering and hospitality
  • creative and design

Through doing a T Level, students will be able to:

  • learn broad core knowledge and practical skills relevant to all occupations in their chosen industry from the beginning of their course
  • develop specialist technical skills relevant to at least one occupation
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