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

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
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
104
96 Pass (C or above on the core) MMM CCC
84
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.

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