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T Levels

The next level qualifications - T Levels

We are delighted to announce that the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) and the Department for Education (DfE) has awarded City & Guilds to be the delivery partner for new T Level technical qualifications (TQs) in Engineering and Manufacturing, and Management and Administration, from September 2022.

In collaboration with the specialist engineering awarding organisation, Excellence Achievement and Learning (EAL), we will develop and deliver three Engineering and Manufacturing T Level TQs. This follows on from last year's successful partnership to start delivering Construction qualifications in Wales, and the T Level in Construction: Building Services Engineering from September 2021.

In addition, by using the experience and expertise from our leadership and management business, ILM, we will be developing the new Management and Administration T Level TQ.

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What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new course that will give 16-19 year old learners the technical knowledge and practical skills that are valued by the industry; T Levels follow immediately after GCSEs as a technical alternative to A-Levels.

They are the biggest reform to vocational training in a generation, giving learners the skills, knowledge, and attitude to excel in their chosen careers.

T Levels are available in England only and will become one of the main choices for learners after GCSE alongside:

  • apprenticeships for learners who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’
  • A-levels for learners who wish to continue academic education.

Structure of a T Level

The T Level programme include the following compulsory elements:

  • a Technical Qualification (TQ), which includes:
    • core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
    • specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer
  • a minimum standard in maths and English if learners have not already achieved them at the start of their T Levels.

Learn more about T Levels on the government’s website

City & Guilds is working the government to develop the TQs for the industries below. Click on the images below to find out more.

The wave 2 T Level technical qualifications in Building Services Engineering and Onsite Construction are now approved and accredited.

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City & Guilds and EAL will develop the T Level technical qualifications in Engineering and Manufacturing available from September 2022.

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City & Guilds and ILM will develop the T Level technical qualification in Management and Administration available from September 2022.

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Key information and documents 

T Level industry placements: DfE delivery guidance for providers and employers

Industry placement toolkit for employers

Industry placement toolkit for learners

Eligible providers will be able to apply for funding for up-to-date equipment and facilities. They will also be able to access training to help prepare their teachers and leaders. For more details, visit T Levels: next steps for providers for more information.

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