The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) is inviting Awarding Organisations to bid for contracts on three T Levels currently in delivery.

The Generation 2 suppliers will be expected to refresh and develop the content and assessment methodologies of the T Levels in a way that takes the existing Technical Qualifications (TQ) onward into the next five cohorts of learners.

T Levels are classroom-based two-year courses, for 16- to 19-year-olds, that follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. They crucially involve extensive ‘on-the-job’ training through an industry placement lasting around 45 days.

The bidding lots are for the following T Levels:

  • Health
  • Healthcare Science
  • Science 

The bidding process, overseen by IfATE, will comprise of two stages. The first closes at the end of next month and those that successfully pass will progress to stage two to complete their bid submission by autumn 2024.

Chris Morgan, IfATE’s deputy director for commercial, said: “We welcome widespread interest and look forward to receiving submissions from awarding organisations.”

T Levels will underpin the technical options within the government’s long-term plans for the new Advanced British Standard (ABS) qualification.

Plans for ABS, which will build from the best of T Levels and A Levels, will be developed over the next decade. T Levels will, in the meantime, remain the gold standard employer-shaped technical qualification at level 3 for 16 to 19 year-olds and it is vital that the Generation 2 qualifications are refreshed and developed to the highest standard.

The full suite of procurement documents can be found online.

Further information about the procurement is also published on the Government’s Find a Tender Service