Welcome to the next level of learning. T Levels are a brand new, two-year qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want.

They follow GCSEs, are equivalent to 3 A Levels, and bring classroom and work placement together in a way that’s been designed in collaboration with the best employers and businesses.

T Levels help you to step up straight into your chosen career, apprenticeship or degree.

Current T Levels at Walsall College

You’ll spend 80% of your time in college and 20% on an industry placement (equivalent to 315 hours) so that you gain the knowledge and skills employers are looking for and develop a better understanding of the workplace.

For more information, visit www.tlevels.gov.uk

Yes, you can. T levels will prepare you to progress into a skilled job, but you can also choose to take further technical training, such as a Higher Apprenticeship or degree, if you don’t want to move straight into a job.

T Levels and A Levels can both lead straight to university. University entry requirements are based on a UCAS tariff which allocates points to qualification grades. The table below shows how T Levels equate to A Levels and BTEC qualifications.

UCAS Tariff points T Level overall grade BETC grade A Level grades
168 Distinction* D*D*D* A*A*A*
160 D*D*D
152 D*DD
144 Distinction DDD AAA
128 DDM
120 Merit BBB
112 DMM
96 Pass (C or above on the core) MMM CCC
80 MMP
72 Pass (D or E on the core) DDD
64 MPP
48 PPP


Entry requirements for the T Levels introduced in 2020 can be found below.

T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development

Interview and initial assessment at an appropriate level.  5 GCSEs at Grade C/Grade 5 including Maths and English plus interview by a prospective Employer for industry placement.

T Level Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning

Interview and initial assessment at an appropriate level.  Students will have a minimum grade 5 GCSE Maths and English and preferably a GCSE Science.  You will also be interviewed by Balfour Beatty Vinci and other employers as part of the industry placement.

T Level Education and Childcare

5 GCSEs at grades C/GCSE grade 4 or above including both English Language and Maths.

T levels will include about 20% of the time being spent on a work placement, with 80% being spent in the classroom. This differs to an Apprenticeship which is typically 80% in employment and 20% in the classroom.

No, you are not employed by an employer when studying on a T level, you are simply on a work placement with them.

T levels and Apprenticeships are different. A T Level gives the opportunity to continue studies and get a much broader idea of what it’s like to work in a certain sector, with the opportunity to specialise later. Apprenticeships are paid, work-based training for those who know what occupation they wish to pursue.

Employers we work with

Supporting the T Level in Construction: Design, Planning and Surveying, Students can spend 20% of their time on placement with Balfour Beatty VINCI who are a HS2’s construction partner for the West Midlands. A workforce of over 8,000 will be employed by BBV to deliver its £5 billion main civil engineering contracts on HS2 and around 400 of those roles will be filled by apprentices and graduates over the next 5-6 years.

Supporting the T Level Digital in Software Development, Students will spend 20% of their time completing a placement with the LearnPlay Foundation.  With successful media, programming and promotional task forces, LearnPlay Foundation has opportunities for students to develop their skills in a variety of areas from Film production, editing, computer game programming to design, distribution and direct marketing.

Supporting the T Level in Health, Students will spend 20% of their time on a placement with Walsall NHS Trust placed across on of 15 clinical wards.  Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides local general hospital and community services to around 260,000 people in Walsall and the surrounding areas and is the only provider of NHS acute care in Walsall.

Supporting the T Level in Construction: Design, Planning and Surveying, Students can spend 20% of their time on placement within CLC Group working on a range of property and asset management services. Projects include converting the Midwifery Led Unit at The Royal Princess Hospital to a new Priority Admissions Unit and working alongside 650 Housing Associations, Local Authorities and Care Providers to improve the homes, lives and neighbourhoods for their residents throughout the UK.

Leah - Construction : Design, Surveying & Planning T Level student

Liberty & Sydney - Education & Childcare T Level students