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Everything you wanted to know about T Levels

21 June 2024
We've put together all the key information you need to know about T Levels

Still unsure what a T Level is, or whether it’s the right option for you? Take a read of our blog, as we explain all the key information you’ll need to make an informed decision about this course type.

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new two-year qualification for 16 to 19 year olds that follows GCSEs.

Equivalent to A Levels, they have been created in collaboration with over 250 businesses and are designed to give young people a head start towards the future they want.

What does a T Level include?

80% College: The majority of the T Level is based at College where students are taught by experienced subject experts in an interactive and hands-on learning environment. At College, they’ll gain in-depth knowledge into their chosen specialism, and will develop industry-relevant skills.

20% Work Placement: The T Level includes a nine-week work placement with a local employer. The placement gives students the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience, whilst further developing their skills and knowledge employers need.

Student using VR headset in gaming lab

Digital Production, Design and Development T Level student, Lewis Smith, completed work experience with The Overseas Teacher, within their technology support service. He said: it was great to experience a real workplace. Even though the College is preparing us for the world of work, it was good to get first-hand experience, as it’s a totally different ball game. Before taking part in the placement I was never sure what aspect of the industry I wanted to work in, however, since being within the workplace I have found a new interest in tech support and am more career focused because of it”.

What T Level subjects are available?

T Levels are available across 23 different T Level routes nationally, and many of these are offered across East Kent Colleges Group’s family of Colleges.

Here, at EKC Broadstairs College, we currently offer T Levels in Business Management and Administration, Education and Childcare, and Digital Production, Design and Development.

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements are a minimum of six GCSEs at grades 9 to 5 or equivalent, ideally including English and mathematics.

It is recommended that applicants for the T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development have a Level 2 qualification in Computing or equivalent.  

Applicants for the T Level in Education and Childcare will need to have a clear DBS check for entry onto the course.

How are T Levels graded?

Students who successfully complete a T Level will be awarded an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction, or Distinction*, and receive a nationally recognised certificate.

To achieve one of the above grades, students must complete their technical qualification (comprised of a ‘core’ component and one or more ‘occupational specialism’ components) and work placement and meet the minimum requirements for English and mathematics (if they have not done so already).

Is a T Level Worth the Same Number of UCAS Tariff Points as an A Level?

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

For example, if a student achieves a Distinction* in their T Level, it is equivalent to achieving three A*s at A Level. The T Level and the three A Levels are both worth 168 UCAS Tariff points.

The table below shows how much each T Level grade is worth in UCAS Tariff points, and the equivalent A Level grades:

UCAS Tariff pointsT Level Overall GradeA Level Grades
(A* on the ‘core’ and distinction in the ‘occupational specialism’)
(C or above on the ‘core’)
(D or E on the ‘core’)

What can you do after a T Level?

After completing a T Level, students can enter:

  • Employment
  • University
  • A Higher Apprenticeship
  • A Traineeship
  • Other further study

Education and Childcare alumni, Molly Parsons has gone on to study Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience at Colchester University. When we spoke to her, she said: “I found that the T Level course allowed me to grow steadily and learn in-depth about the world of childcare and education, which helped me achieve my Level 3 qualification and gain a place at university. I particularly enjoyed going to placement and putting the theory into practice.”

Want to Know More?

To learn more about T Levels, visit our T Levels page or email our friendly team: