T levels

What are T levels?

T levels are new technical study programmes that will sit alongside apprenticeships and A Levels within a reformed skills training system. T levels have been designed to create the skills revolution needed to meet the needs of our economy and are being developed in partnership with Government, business and education. 

The introduction of T levels aims to streamline technical education and focus on developing skills that sit within 15 industry routes. The first T levels will be introduced in September 2020 with full roll-out intended from September 2022.

15 technical education routes

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Key facts about T levels

  • T levels will be level 3 technical study programmes, based on employer-designed standards and content, which will prepare students for highly skilled jobs and enable them to adapt to meet the skills needs of the future. 
  • Students achieving T levels will be able to progress to the highest levels of skilled employment or technical education and training at levels 4, 5 and 6. Progression options will include higher and degree level apprenticeships or higher technical education, including technical degrees. 
  • Apprenticeships and T levels will be based on the same set of standards designed by employers and others but there will be differences in the overall content of each programme, to reflect that apprenticeships are mainly delivered in the workplace, and T levels will mainly be delivered in the classroom. 
  • Students achieving a T level will have the numeracy, literacy, digital skills and wider transferable skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to succeed in occupations relevant to their chosen route and the wider workplace of the future. 
  • T level programmes are substantial and will be high quality. They are likely to be equivalent in size to a three-‘A’-level programme and will have more teaching time built in to enable students to acquire more and better knowledge, skills and behaviours.  

Useful resources

Our resources:

T Level consultation response - A summary of our thinking : City & Guilds has submitted a number of recommendations to Government that we think are essential steps to creating a technical education system that works for all.

Government resources:

Post-16 technical education reforms action plan: This publication follows the Post-16 Skills Plan, published in July 2016 by the Department for Education. It provides an update on progress made in developing policy and implementing the reforms set out in the Skills Plan.


We would like to invite you to attend our lecture series to hear from business leaders, policy-makers and industry experts on some of the most significant changes to professional and technical education and skills in a generation. Upcoming topics include:

  • 14 – 19 skills reform. You’re the experts, how are we going to make it work?
  • The big debate: Skills reforms. A revolution? Or just another rebrand?

Find out more about these events and how to get involved.

Webinar recordings:

Find out more about the latest developments in T levels by watching our webinar, hosted by Kirstie Donnelly and Anthony Impey.

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