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T Levels – A qualification that counts

T Levels are a two-year programme available to 16-to-19-year-olds that follow GCSEs. With a combination of classroom/workshop-based learning and substantial industry placement, they aim to give you a head start towards the career you want. 

The content within each T Level qualification has been developed with an impressive list of employers and industry experts to ensure these new Technical Qualifications equip you with the skills and knowledge that businesses want, preparing you for work, higher education, or an apprenticeship. 

What’s involved in a T Level?

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A T Level is made up of the following components: 

  1. Technical Qualification (80% of the programme) 
  2. Industry Placement (20% of the programme) 

The Technical Qualification is made up of the Core Component and Occupational Specialism(s). 

Learners will also be required to work towards the attainment of maths and English if they have not already achieved grade 4 at GCSE, as they do on other 16 to 19 programmes. 

T Level subjects

City & Guilds is delivering T Level Technical Qualifications in the following subjects: 

Onsite Construction

  • Bricklaying, Carpentry & Joinery, Painting & Decorating and Plastering 

Building Services Engineering

  • Electrotechnical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Equipment Engineering, Protection Systems Engineering, Gas Engineering, Plumbing & Heating Engineering, Heating Engineering & Ventilation and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering.

Find out more about our Construction T Level qualifications


Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Control & Instrumentation Engineering and Electrical & Electronics Engineering 

Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Maintenance Engineering Technologies: Mechanical, Mechatronics, Control & Instrumentation, Electrical & Electronics and Maintenance, Installation, & Repair: Light & Electric Vehicles.

Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

  • Fitting and Assembly Technologies, Machining & Toolmaking Technologies, Composite Manufacturing Technologies and Fabrication & Welding Technologies

Find out more about our Engineering T Level qualifications


Management and Administration

  • Business Support, Business Improvement and Team Leadership/Management

Find out more about our Management and Administration T Level qualification


Agriculture, Land Management and Production

  • Crop Production, Livestock Production, Ornamental Horticulture & Landscaping, Floristry, Land-Based Engineering and Trees & Woodland Management.

Animal Care and Management

  • Animal Management and Behaviour and Animal Management and Science.

Find out more about our Land-based T Level qualifications 

How do they compare to other qualifications?

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Industry placement

The industry placement is a compulsory part of the T Level and must be completed to get your T Level certificate. The Department for Education (DfE) has produced the guide below which provides advice and signposts you to useful resources to help you prepare for your placement. 

Download the industry placement toolkit for learners

Entry requirements

There are no nationally set entry requirements for starting a T Level. Each college, school or independent learning provider sets their own requirements. For more information, check with the relevant school or college. 

Progression from T Levels

Upon completion of your T Level programme, learners may be able to progress onto Higher Education, skilled employment or an apprenticeship. Follow the links below to view potential progression journeys from each of our T Level pathways. 

My T Level Progression Journey: 

Onsite Construction

Building Services Engineering

Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing

Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

Management and Administration

You can find occupational maps for all pathways from level 2 on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) occupational maps website.

Higher Education providers accepting Engineering and Manufacturing T Levels (PDF)

Higher Education providers accepting Management and Administration T Level (PDF)