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Transition programmes

City & Guilds T Level transition programmes

T Levels are the new gold standard for technical education – and we want as many young people as possible, who would benefit from having the opportunity, to achieve a T Level.

We are delighted, alongside T Levels, to provide the City & Guilds T Level Transition Programme, an exciting new preparatory and full-time study programme for learners that provides a high-quality progression route into T Levels.

Our suite of Transition Programme Frameworks have been developed in conjunction with T Level providers to support learners who require further support to progress onto their chosen T Level programme, or who are undecided about their next steps.

Please note - Providers have discretion over how to achieve the national technical outcomes for each sector, you can use a qualification, no-qualification or a blend of both. The below suggested qualifications have been selected for each sector to help support you in achieving the requirements of the national technical outcomes.

Delivery components

The programme must consist of five delivery components that should be tailored to meet individual needs.

The components are:

  • Diagnostic, monitoring and guidance
  • English, maths & digital
  • Experience of the workplace
  • Technical knowledge and skills
  • Pastoral Support, Personal Development & Enrichment

National technical outcomes

The national technical outcomes have been developed with close reference to the relevant T Level outline content and its structure to identify knowledge, skills and behaviours, appropriate to level 2 for each sector.

To provide a minimum level of consistency for learners, a study programme is expected to cover all the national technical outcomes for the T Level Transition Programme, relevant to their chosen T Level route. These include a small number of outcomes, each with underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours, which we expect learners to be able to demonstrate by the end of the programme.

Find out more about the specific national technical outcome

Employability Skills (5546)

City & Guilds’ Employability Skills (5546) suite is a flexible qualification with a wide range of unit topics, which can be put together to make up a qualification that prepares your learners for progression to the T Level of their choice. The certificate requires a minimum of 15 credits to be selected from the 66 units available at level 1 or the 25 units available at level 2, below are two examples.

The full range of units can be found in our Employability Skills Qualification Handbook; you can access this on our dedicated webpage under centre documents.

Level 2 Certificate (85 Guided Learning Hours)

City & Guilds Certificate in Employability Skills Level 2 (5546-04)

Unit Number

Credit Value

Unit Title



Career planning and making applications



Effective skills, qualities and attitudes for learning and work



Communicating with others in the workplace



Dealing with challenges



Managing yourself



Team working skills

Level 1 Certificate (77 Guided Learning Hours)

City & Guilds Certificate in Employability Skills Level 1 (5546-04)

Unit Number

Credit Value

Unit Title



Effective Communication



Working as part of a team



Rights, responsibilities and citizenship



Undertaking work placement



Effective skills, qualities and attitudes for learning and work



Coping with change


City & Guilds provides several qualifications and units that are funded for 16–19-year-olds that meet the requirements for the Transition Programme components. This gives you the flexibility to tailor the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours that your learners need to progress on to a T Level.

Construction Transition Programme Framework

Engineering and Manufacturing Transition Programme Framework

Education and Childcare Transition Programme Framework

Digital Transition Programme Framework