T Levels are the Government’s new two-year, technical study programmes available across 11 industry routes. T Levels will become one of the three major options available to students aged 16 – 19, alongside apprenticeships and A levels.

T Level panels of experts set out the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for each T Level, based on the same standards as apprenticeships. This ensures that individuals taking T Levels can develop the technical knowledge and skills required by employers in that industry.  

Government aims for three T Levels to be available for teaching in some colleges from September 2020, with a full roll out of the programme in 2021 and 2022.

The Institute for Apprenticeships will oversee the development and approval of the standards, qualifications and occupational maps for the 15 technical routes for T Levels and apprenticeships. In addition to their role in approving apprenticeship standards, the Institute’s route panels - made up of employers and industry experts – are scrutinising the outline content for all T Levels. The Institute will also award and manage contracts for the development of T Levels.

The DfE ran a series of events in April and May seeking views on the outline content for T Levels prior to them being submitted to the IFA for approval. This included a series of events with providers and Higher Education institutes in London and Sheffield and a series of business breakfast events hosted by the Secretary of State with the digital, construction and education sectors. This feedback has all been carefully considered by the T Level panels and incorporated into the outline content documents published.

Following a subsequent period of consultation held over the Summer of 2018, the Institute has produced finalised outline content for the first three T Level pathways:



The below are the original documents which were consulted on: