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Differences between T Levels and A Levels

30 October 2023
T Levels offer an exciting new route into employment, university, apprenticeships and beyond. We explore how they are different to A Levels.

T Levels offer an exciting new route into employment, university, apprenticeships and beyond. How are they different to A Levels? 

T Levels Have Been Designed with Top Employers 

Unlike A Levels which focus solely on academic study, T Levels have been created in collaboration with more than 250 businesses, including Fujitsu, Skanska, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). 

This collaboration makes T Levels unique. 

During a T Level, you will gain the skills, knowledge, and experience relevant to the world of work today, setting you apart when applying for jobs, university, further study, a traineeship, or an apprenticeship. 


T Levels Bring Your Chosen Subject to Life 

When studying A Levels, it may not always be clear how the things you are learning impact the real world. T Levels are different. 

Each module has been designed to reflect what is happening in your chosen specialism right now, and in the future. 

Everything you will learn has clear applications in industry and is backed up by the experiences you will gain during your work placement. 


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T Levels Include a 45-Day Work Placement 

As part of your T Level, you will spend a total of nine weeks with a local business, gaining valuable industry experience alongside seasoned professionals. 

The placement is a fantastic opportunity to put into practice the things you have learnt, to further develop your skills and knowledge, and to try out a potential career path. 

Whilst it’s common to spend a week or two completing work experience whilst studying A Levels, the duration of the T Levels placement gives you more opportunities to take part in meaningful projects and business activities.   


One T Level Equals Three A Levels 

One T Level qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and is worth the same amount of UCAS Tariff points overall. 

For example, achieving a Distinction* in your T Level is equivalent to achieving three A*s at A Level – both worth a total of 168 UCAS Tariff points.   

With T Levels and A Levels equally recognised by universities, employers, and other organisations, the choice of which route to take is up to you. 

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Explore T Levels further at EKC Broadstairs College.