Providers

The government has published the full list of providers who have been selected to deliver T Levels in the 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 academic year and the T Levels they intend to deliver.

From September 2021, the selected providers for wave 2 (2021 to 2022 academic year) will deliver the new Technical qualifications in Construction with City & Guilds and EAL.

Read about delivering T Levels >

T Levels action plan

This is the third T Level action plan which the Department for Education has published and aims to provide an implementation update for individuals and organisations interested in T Levels.

Action plan includes information on:

  • Progress towards the delivery of T Levels in 2020 and preparations for 2021 delivery
  • T Levels which will be available for delivery in 2022 and 2023
  • How providers will be able to apply to deliver T Levels in 2022
  • Clarification of various T Level policy areas, including grading, results and certification and UCAS points for T Levels
  • Wider qualification reform work.

Read the full action plan

Education and Training Foundation

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.

  • Ongoing professional development needs analysis: self-assessment tools and support from Professional Development Advisers.
  • Understanding T Levels: ensuring staff understand T Levels, and what they mean for their roles, as well as being able to inform learners about their options.
  • Teacher Development Programme: pedagogy, subject knowledge, professional practice, functional skills.
  • Regional Knowledge and Industry Insights: networks, collaborative projects, staff placements in industry, employer-facilitated workshops.
  • Organisational Readiness: support for managers, governors and governance professionals to be T Level ready.

Visit their website for more information >

T Level transition programme

The government has appointed the Association of Colleges (AoC) to run the T Level transition framework support programme. Working with their partners, The Challenge Network (TCN) they will support volunteer T Level providers who get involved in phased implementation of the T Level transition framework, running up to first delivery in 2020 and 2021. They will:

  • support advisory panels to contribute to thinking on the content of the transition framework
  • provide support for participating providers to develop, package and deliver their local transition programme
  • encourage and facilitate these providers to explore different approaches to implementing certain elements of the transition programme

Read more about the T Level transition framework >

Additional one-off payments for 2020 providers

In recognition of the additional costs that are unique to early T Level providers, the DfE will introduce additional one-off payments to providers for each new T Level introduced in 2020, and also for providers introducing the Transition Framework in 2020.

Learn more funding delivery for t levels >

T Levels Branding: The NexT Level

New T Level branding has been unveiled to boost awareness of the new courses ahead of the 2020 rollout. The ‘NexT Level’ brand logo, which has been designed in consultation with employer panel members, further education providers, young people, and parents, will enable 2020 providers to promote the benefits of T Levels to young people in the process of deciding their route into post-16 education.

Find out more at the NexT Level branding >

T Levels Research Study: How Are Providers Preparing for Delivery?

Recent research from the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) provides an independent evidence-informed picture of how provider organisations are preparing to deliver the first three T Levels in Digital, Construction, and Education and Childcare, from September 2020.

The research involved in-depth, semi-structured interviews with senior/middle leaders with organisation-wide responsibility for T Levels in half (25) of the first 50 providers of the three T Levels.

Read the full research and findings >

Frequently asked questions

What’s in a T Level?

T Levels consist of a number of components:

  • An approved technical qualification that provides technical knowledge and practical skills specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation.
  • A work placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation.
  • Functional skills in Maths, English and Digital at a minimum of Level 2 or GCSEs in English and maths Transferrable workplace skills.

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 content for the technical qualification will be based on the same standards as apprenticeships and will be approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE). T Levels selected providers are responsible for the delivery and management of the industry placement.

You can learn more about the subjects on the UK Government’s T Levels website.

Who can deliver T Levels?

Awarding Organisations (AOs) are required to make a bid to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) to offer specific T Levels. There will only be one ‘winning AO’ per T Level. The successful AO is responsible for the specification development and assessment delivery of the Technical Qualification.

The content for the qualification will be based on the same standards as apprenticeships, designed by employers and approved by IfATE.

The qualification provides technical knowledge, practical skills and behaviours specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation, and will make up around 1800 hours of the 2 year course.

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 the main 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.  
  • 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 and is more suited to those who know what occupation they want to pursue, want to earn a wage and learn at the same time, and are ready to enter the workforce at age 16. 
  • A Levels are for learners who wish to continue academic education.

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

Sept 2021: Launch of wave two routes in Construction, Digital, Health and Science.

Sept 2022/2023: Launch of wave three routes - yet to be confirmed.

How can we access the T Level programme content outline for the Construction BSE and On-site?

The T Level programme content outline for the Construction BSE and On-site is available via the Institutes’ website. The technical qualifications development for the Wave 2 Construction route will be based on the content outline created by the T Level panels.

If you’d like to be involved in the ongoing development and validation of the T Level construction qualifications (On-site or Building Services Engineering) email our development team at qualdevelopment@cityandguilds.com.

When will the specifications for 2021 delivery be ready?

Specifications for wave 2 technical qualifications will be submitted to IfATE in June 2020, with public release due September 2020.

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

We’ll actively encourage involvement from centres during the Technical Qualifications development phase.

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

We expect to hear which T Levels will be available from September 2022 in autumn 2019.

Providers will then know which T Levels will be ready for delivery and whether they wish to be considered for eligibility to deliver from 2022, and can submit an expression of interest to IfATE.

How will T Levels be graded?

Learners who pass all the elements of their T Level will get a nationally recognised certificate showing an overall grade of pass, merit or distinction. It will also set out the details of what the learner has achieved on the course.

The T Level certificate will include:

  • an overall pass grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit or distinction 
  • a separate grade for the occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction 
  • a separate grade for the core component, using A* to E 
  • grades for maths and English qualifications 
  • details of the industry placement 

Are there industry placements in T Levels?

Yes, every T Level will include an industry placement, and can now be offered with up to two employers to develop the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last at least 315-420 hours (approximately 45-60 days).

Providers will support employers offering industry placements, including assistance with the necessary paperwork, a careful planning process, and support with designing the placement.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and National Apprenticeship Service will work with employers and providers on industry placements. You can read the update on delivery models and support here.

What funding and support is there for providers?

IfATE has announced additional funding of £500 million a year, once T Levels are fully rolled out, to help providers meet the costs of additional teaching hours and organising industry placements.

Providers of the first three T Levels 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.

Discover more about the next steps for providers >

How would the timeline differ for eligible providers in 2020 and 2021?

Providers who are on the list to deliver T Levels in 2020 are also eligible to deliver both Construction on-site and Building Services Engineering (BSE) in 2021. Eligible providers will need to contact City & Guilds to go through the approval process. Details for our T Level approval process will be sent out in Spring 2020.

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

A learner who is 16-19 and may not have the opportunity to find a suitable employer to join an apprenticeship programme. The opportunity to join a T Level programme will give this learner the knowledge and skills within their chosen occupational specialism to take them to threshold competency. The T Level panel have created the structure and have outlined the content against the apprenticeship standards, allowing for learners to progress and gain full competence.

When will the final Wave 2 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) be decided?

City & Guilds have been awarded the contract to develop the Technical Qualification (TQ) which consists of core content and occupational specialism within On-site (plastering and bricklaying) and BSE (plumbing and electrotechnical engineering).

The guided learning hours are yet to be determined. We are conducting further consultations and surveys to gain opinion based on the amplified content which will determine the GLHs. We are currently developing and engaging with industry to establish what this content will look like. This will be ratified with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) further experts and route panel members.

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.

Positioning of T Levels is key, currently a learner will often move at the end of year 1 into an apprenticeship and seamlessly continue studying one day per week - will this be possible with T Levels?

At this juncture it is difficult to determine if a learner will be able to move across to an apprenticeship after one year (should they find an employer). Once the content and assessment structure has been determined we will look at the mapping of occupational specialisms and core content against the relevant apprenticeship standards.

Do you anticipate learners taking a Level 2 specialism qualification pre their T Levels?

The Association of Colleges (AoC) have been awarded the contract to deliver the transition year programme. The 2016 Sainsbury Review of Technical Education stated that every young person “should have the opportunity to benefit from technical education – including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)” while at the same time acknowledging that there will be some young people “who are not ready to access a technical education route at age 16”.

There is also a review of Level 3 and below qualifications which will also determine the future direction of all vocational qualifications. Once we know more we will ensure that these details are circulated to providers.

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

Within the Technical Qualifications (TQ) – core skills such as maths and English as well as digital skills are developed and applied where they are essential to achieving occupationally relevant outcomes. 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.

What will the additional qualification need, for example 18th edition?

This is still to be determined post-consultation.