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.

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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

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 at www.tlevels.gov.uk/subjects

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.

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 >