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 Professional Development offer from the Education and Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has announced the launch dates for its high-quality T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer, starting to become available from 1 September. The TLPD offer will support eligible providers delivering the T Levels in 2021, to ensure they are well equipped to teach T Levels from the first day. 

There will be six core elements to the offer, which have been designed by experts and in collaboration with employers, professional bodies, T Level panels and industry specialists, and following feedback from the first phase of TLPD support. The offer will continue to be shaped around the workforce's needs alongside relevant regional, employer and curriculum requirements.

Please fill out their online Expression of Interest form to receive direct and relevant updates. You will need to include; your role, region, and T Level subject area, so they can let you know as soon as the CPD most appropriate to you becomes available.

Visit the dedicated 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.

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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 >

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Frequently asked questions

What are T Levels?

T Levels are two-year courses coming in September 2020, and 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.

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.

What will the TQ content be based on?

The content for the TQ is designed by T Level panels involving employers and approved by IfATE, which they will base on the same standards as apprenticeships.

The TQ provides technical knowledge, practical skills and behaviours specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation. It will make up between 900 and 1400 hours of the two year T Level programme.  

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?

City & Guilds are not offering wave one T Levels, you will need to contact either Pearson or NCFE for more information.

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.

What is the implementation timeline for T Levels?

  • Sept 2020: Launch of wave one routes in Construction, Digital, Education and Childcare
  • Sept 2021: Launch of wave two routes in Construction, Digital, Health and Science
  • Sept 2022/2023: Launch of wave three routes in Engineering, Business and Administration, Legal
  • Autumn 2023: Launch of final routes in Hair and Beauty, Catering and Hospitality, Creative and Design, Agriculture Environment and Animal Care

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:

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.

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.

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’ 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.

When will the final Wave 2 TQs in On-Site and BSE Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) be decided?

The guided learning hours are still being determined during the development phase of the TQ. 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 the industry to establish what this content will look like. This will be ratified with 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.

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.

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.

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.

In the meantime you can access the government’s NexT Level campaign which was launched on 7 October 2019. 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.

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