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Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below answers to frequently asked T Level questions. If you're looking for an answer to a more route specific question, please visit the relevant sector support page. 

General questions





How are T Levels structured?

T Levels consist of several components

  • An approved Technical Qualification (TQ) that provides technical knowledge and practical skills specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation.
  • ‘On-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).
  • Functional skills in maths, English and digital at a minimum of Level 2, or GCSEs in English and maths.
  • Transferrable workplace skills.
  • Enrichment and tutorials


Who can deliver T Levels? 

Government published the full list of providers who have been selected to deliver T Levels in the 2020 to 2021, 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023 academic year. You can access the full T Level provider list on the government website.

To roll out T Levels as a mainstream offer for all students, the Government will be increasing the number of providers able to deliver them. View the approach Government is adopting for September 2023 here.


What industry areas are they available in?

  • Agriculture, environment and animal care   
  • Business and administration
  • Catering and hospitality              
  • Construction             
  • Creative and design
  • Digital   
  • Education and childcare 
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Hair and beauty
  • Health and science
  • Legal, finance and accounting


How can my centre apply to be in the next phase) of T Level providers?

If your centre is not already an approved T Level provider and interested in delivering T Levels you must submit your expression of interest to the Institute.

To express your interest in delivering T Levels, or to find out when the next round of applications are open, visit the gov.uk website.


How will T Levels be funded?

We expect the DfE to undertake a review of Level 3 qualifications. The expectation is that funding will be withdrawn for other qualifications where there is a T Level programme in place.


When will T Levels be launched?

September 2020 for Wave 1 providers.

From September 2021 all pathways from the Education and Childcare, Construction, Digital, and Health and Science T Levels will be rolled out for delivery for Wave 1 and Wave 2 providers.


Do you have information packs that I can send to my colleagues?

For more information on T Levels please visit the Gov.uk website

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels/introduction-of-t-levels). In addition, we will be regularly updating the T Level page on our website.


Is NCFE developing T Level?

The T Level panel, made up of sector experts, have been responsible for developing the outline content of the Education and Childcare, Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health, Healthcare science, and Science Technical Qualifications. NCFE is working with the Panel to develop the qualification specification and developing the assessment strategy for the qualifications.


Will the T Level have UCAS points?

Yes, the T Level will have UCAS points.


Technical Questions


With the T Level will we be able to register our learners in the same way has we currently do? The Certificate in the first year and the Diploma in the second year?

No, the T Level will be a two-year programme and there will not be separate registrations, just the one.


In relation to destinations and

progression pathways, what are they going to be for university and industry?

The progression pathway for the T Level is for students to progress into either further learning or work.


Could some of the content be covered and assessed during placement?

Placements, whilst likely to be undertaken during the core will not be subject to formal assessment until the student is studying their occupational specialism.


Will it be a separate certification (like science A level)?

Learners will receive a certificate for the Technical Qualification as well as for the T Level Programme as a whole.


Will the employer mark the project?

No, the Employer Set Project is set and marked by NCFE. Employers are involved in the design and consulted on the expected standards of the students work but will not mark the project.



If learners drop off in year 1 do then gain any qualification?

A transcript will be provided to detail where student is up to and what they have achieved along their T Level journey.