New for 2020 - 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.
Apply now for September 2020!
Current T Levels at Walsall College
- T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning
- T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development
- T Level in Education and childcare
How do they work?
You’ll spend 80% of your time in college and 20% on an industry placement (equivalent to 45 days) so that you gain the knowledge and skills employers are looking for and develop a better understanding of the workplace.
For more information, visit gov.uk/dfe/t-levels
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|
|96||Pass (C or above on the core)||MMM||CCC|
|72||Pass (D or E on the core)||DDD|
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.