Frequently asked questions

General

What are T Levels?

The first T Levels were made available to students from September 2020 and are two-year courses for 16 to 18 years old. They will become one of three choices for learners after GCSEs alongside apprenticeships and A Levels.

They have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work.

T Levels will offer learners a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide young learners with the knowledge and experience needed to progress into employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

What does a T Level include?

T Levels consist of several components:

  • An approved Technical Qualification (TQ) that provides technical knowledge and practical skills specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation.
  • ‘On-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).
  • Functional skills in maths, English and digital at a minimum of Level 2, or GCSEs in English and maths.
  • Transferrable workplace skills.
  • Enrichment and tutorials

Any other requirements set by T Level panel.

City & Guilds offers qualifications in Functional Skills English and Mathematics, where level 2 has not been achieved in these subjects at Key Stage 4

The TQ provides technical knowledge, practical skills and behaviours specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation, and will make up between 900 and 1400 hours of the two-year T Level programme. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) will approve the content for the TQ, which they will base on the same standards as apprenticeships. T Levels selected providers are responsible for the delivery and management of the industry placement. You can learn more on the UK Government’s T Levels website.

T Levels will be gradually rolled out over the next few years. By 2023, there will be T Levels available for the following industries:

t levels industry canvas Construction Agriculture, environment and animal care Business and administration Catering and hospitality Childcare and education Creative and design Digital Engineering and manufacturing Hair and beauty Health and science Legal, finance and accounting

To learn more, visit the UK Government’s website.

Who are developing the TQs?

There will only be one Awarding Organisation (AO) for each T Level pathway.

AOs are required to follow a procurement process set by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) in order to develop the TQs. The successful AO is responsible for the specification development and assessment delivery of the TQ awarded.

How will T Levels be graded?

Learners who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. They will get a nationally recognised certificate to show their overall grade and a breakdown of what they have achieved.

The T Level certificate will include:

  • an overall grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*
  • a separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
  • a separate grade for each occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction
  • It will also include confirmation that the student has:
  • met the minimum requirements for maths and English qualifications
  • completed the industry placement
  • met any additional mandatory requirements
  • a learner’s overall T Level grade, which will be calculated from the grades they achieved on the core component and the occupational specialism(s).

Learners who do not pass all elements of their T Level will get a T Level statement of achievement which will show the elements they have completed.

City & Guilds will not be issuing certificates.

Who are the T Level selected providers?

You can access the full T Level providers list on the government website.

How will T Levels work with other post-16 choices?

T Levels will become one of three choices for learners after GCSEs alongside apprenticeships and A Levels.

  • T Levels are designed to offer a path for learners wishing to enter skilled professions. These are typically 80% in the classroom and 20% on-the-job.
  • Apprenticeships are for those who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’. These are typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom. It is more suited to those who know what occupation they want to pursue, are at the working age of 16 and want to earn a wage while learning at the same time.
  • A Levels are for learners who wish to continue academic education

If a learner wants to start a T Level from September 2020, which of your colleges will be offering it?

Below is a breakdown of the T Level pathways and the AQ responsible for the TQs:

Wave one – September 2020 delivery

  • NCFE are responsible for Education and Childcare
  • Pearson are responsible for Construction: Design, surveying and planning and Digital: Digital production, design and development.

Wave two – September 2021 delivery

  • City & Guilds are responsible for Construction: On-site and Building Service Engineering
  • NCFE are responsible for Digital: Business Services and Support services, Health and Healthcare Science and Science.

Wave three – September 2022 delivery

  • City & Guilds are responsible for Engineering and manufacturing: Manufacturing, Processing and Control, Maintenance, Installation and Repair and Design and Development.
  • City & Guilds are responsible for Business and Management: Management and Administration.

Where can I find your timeline of activities?

Please see the T Level delivery checklist on the T Level webpage.

What is the implementation timeline for T Levels?

  • Sept 2020: Launch of wave one routes in Construction, Digital, Education and Childcare - taught by 54 selected providers. City and Guilds will not be offering these T levels
  • Sept 2021: Launch of wave two routes in Construction (On-site and BSE), Digital, Health and Science. City & Guilds will be offering the Construction on-site and BSE route only
  • Sept 2022/2023: Launch of wave three routes in Engineering and Business - City and Guilds will be offering both TQs.

How do I become eligible to deliver T Levels for 2022 delivery?

Providers who have expressed an interest in delivering from 2022 will be notified of their eligibility in May 2020. The process is managed by ESFA, please check their website for all information.

Which universities recognise and accept T Levels?

As T Levels are new qualifications, the DfE are working closely with universities to raise awareness of T Levels and their progression routes to higher education. 

UCAS have published the tariff points for T Levels to support progression to higher education.

Note: Not all universities and colleges use the UCAS tariff when making offers to prospective learners, but if you’re concerned about whether a qualification will be accepted, it’s best to get in touch with the university or college directly for more details on their entry requirements for the particular course of interest.

Where can we access more information from?

We regularly update our T Level webpage, however for more information on T Levels please visit the Gov.uk website.

Which T Level TQs is City & Guilds developing?

City & Guilds is working with the Panel to develop the technical qualification specification and developing the assessment strategy for the following qualifications:

  • Construction Onsite and Building Services Engineering – available for first teaching from September 2021.
  • Engineering and Manufacturing – available for first teaching from September 2022
  • Business Management – available for first teaching from September 2022.

Are the new T Levels TQs the same as City & Guilds current Technical Qualifications?

No. The new TQs and T Level programmes are new, and are not the same as the current Technical Qualifications.However, if you have been delivering the City & Guilds Technical Qualifications, you should be in a good position to deliver and assess the T Level TQs, as the assessment strategy for City & Guilds Technicals is very similar to that proposed for the T Level TQs (external assessment, including examinations, and synoptic assignments).

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How can we access the TQ content for On-site Construction and BSE?

We’re amplifying the qualification content this is evolving and we will be continuing to share and consult on this content through the development process.

Get in touch with our team to find out how you can get involved: qualdevelopment@cityandguilds.com.

When will the wave two TQ specifications for 2021 delivery be ready?

The specifications for the wave two TQs will be submitted to IfATE in August 2020, with public release due around September 2020. Please check in to stay up-to-date with the latest information.

As a 2021 provider will I be able to see the specification/s earlier than September 2020?

Yes, we actively encourage involvement from centres during the TQ development phase. We will keep publishing our draft specifications, which will be used at our regional network meetings currently planned for the summer term.

Who is the target audience for an ‘On-site’ and ‘BSE’ T Level Pathway?

Young people who are between the ages of 16 to19 and interested in pursuing a career in construction but unclear of the pathway available to them. The opportunity to undertake a T Level programme will give them the knowledge and skills within their chosen occupational specialism to take them to threshold competency.

Will there be an equipment list that is needed for each of the occupational specialisms?

As the content becomes approved by industry, stakeholders and the regulators, we will provide an equipment list to all providers wishing to deliver T Levels. This will be part of the details around the qualification specifications.

Do you have an IT requirement or license to practice (LTP) in either of these pathways?

These will be mapped and included throughout the specifications. The LTP element of the T Level programme is determined by the T Level panel. They have not indicated or included any LTP in the TQ development.

Is there a bridging qualification so learners can access apprenticeships afterwards?

Currently, there isn’t a separate bridging qualification available. However, the TQ will be based on the apprenticeship standard for that occupational area as agreed by IfATE.

What support is available for eligible providers in terms of teaching, delivery and assessment?

We’re currently developing support resources for eligible providers for first teaching from September 2021. We will be sharing these with you as soon as they are ready. Visit our dedicated page for regular updates.

We are also producing two core textbooks through Hodder Education. A Building Service Engineering and a Construction edition. These are currently scheduled for publication in October and November 2021.

In the meantime, you can access the government’s NexT Level campaign launched last year. It has the information young people need to apply for the first of the pioneering T Levels starting September 2020.

There is also a new Department for Education (DfE) website for more information on T Levels.

The Education and Training Foundation has been asked by the DfE to deliver a workforce development offer ahead of T Levels. The T Level Professional Development offer aims to ensure that further education and post-16 providers are T Level ready. This means ensuring that teachers, trainers, and leaders have the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence needed to deliver high-quality courses from the outset. Visit their website for more information.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How many pathways will you be offering in the Engineering and Manufacturing route?

City & Guilds and EAL will deliver all three pathways within the Engineering and Manufacturing route: Design and Development; Maintenance, Installation Repair and Manufacturing Processing and Control.

What will the new TQ be covering?

The TQ consists of an overarching core content and a range of specialist core skills and workplace practices that are relevant to the pathway studied.

Where can I access the outline content for the TQs?

The outline content can be accessed via the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) website. Alternatively, you can click directly to the pathway below to access the outline content you need.

Engineering and Manufacturing pathways:

When and how can we get more information about the Technical Qualifications (TQ) for Engineering and Manufacturing?

We will be hosting a series of provider validation panels in the coming months (November to December 2020 and Spring/Summer 2021), so please get in touch if you would like to be involved.

Once approved, the final specification, sample assessment materials, and supporting documentation will be available, and there will be a number of events that you can attend to look at the detail of the content, delivery and assessment from October to December 2021. You can find out more on the T Level webpage.

How can I get involved in the development of the TQs?

There are a few ways to get involved:

Providers: to support City & Guilds and EAL in the development of the T Level, which will involve writing and reviewing qualification content and assessment. Please get in touch with our team to find out how you can get involved: qualdevelopment@cityandguilds.com.

Employers: to support local providers with the delivery of the Industry Placement for T Levels: The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and National Apprenticeship Service (part of ESFA) will work with employers and providers on industry placements. Employers interested in finding out more about industry placements can contact 08000 150 600 or email: tlevel.placement@education.gov.uk.

The Education Secretary has recently unveiled a new package of measures so employers can be at the heart of T Levels. For more general information, please visit the dedicated webpage.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What pathway will you be offering for the Business and Administration route?

We will be offering the Management and Administration pathway.

What will the new TQ be covering? 

The new TQ in Management and Administration pathway will cover the following optional occupational specialisms:

  • Business Improvement
  • Team Leadership/Management
  • Business Support
  • Information Management

Where can I access the outline content for the TQs from? 

The outline content can be accessed via the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) website.

How can I get involved in the development of the TQs?

There are a few ways to get involved:

Providers: to support City & Guilds and ILM in the development of the T Level, which will involve writing and reviewing qualification content and assessment. Please get in touch with our team to find out how you can get involved: qualdevelopment@cityandguilds.com.

Employers: to support local providers with the delivery of the Industry Placement for T Levels: The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and National Apprenticeship Service (part of ESFA) will work with employers and providers on industry placements. Employers interested in finding out more about industry placements can contact 08000 150 600 or email: tlevel.placement@education.gov.uk.

The Education Secretary has recently unveiled a new package of measures so employers can be at the heart of T Levels. For more general information, please visit the dedicated webpage.

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