Designed with businesses and employers, T Levels are two-year, technical qualifications designed to give students the skills that industry needs. They bring classroom learning and an extended industry placement together, providing a mixture of:
T Levels are one of three major options for students to study at level 3. Alongside apprenticeships for those who wish to study and train for a specific occupation, and A levels for students who wish to continue academic education.
A T Level is split into three main sections:
The Independent Panel on Technical Education (chaired by Lord Sainsbury) highlighted the high amount of qualifications available to students. The panel recommended streamlining the number of existing qualifications to simplify the system for students and employers. This included the development of T Levels.
Reforming technical education will help meet the needs of our growing and rapidly changing economy. This will raise the profile of technical education and make sure that employers recognise and value the skills and experience that it provides.
Within the 15 technical routes set up by the Sainsbury Review, 11 have T Levels planned, with each route having one to three T Levels within it.