T Levels

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What are T Levels?

T Levels are new courses that follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training, or study.

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).

Employers and providers have been working together to develop each T Level, with support from DfE and the Institute. Groups of employers have defined the skills and requirements for each T Level course by participating in T Level panels.

Timeline for Construction related courses

September 2020

  • Design, Surveying and Planning for construction  - you can find out more about the approved T Level here

 September 2021

  • Building Services Engineering for Construction
  • Onsite Construction

Information on Industry placements

Every T Level includes an industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.

Providers will support employers offering industry placements. This will include assistance with the necessary paperwork, a careful planning process and support with designing the industry placement.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and National Apprenticeship Service (part of ESFA) are working with employers and providers on industry placements.

Employers interested in finding out more about industry placements can contact 08000 150 600, email tlevel.placement@education.gov.uk or visit the employer section of the T Levels website.

Industry Placement Webinars

The Strategic Development Network are hosting a number of half-day online planning workshops in the coming weeks, to book click on the links below:

15th October – find out more
21st October – find out more
5th November - find out more
11th November – find out more
18th November – find out more

Further tools and support can be found here: