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T Levels FAQs

The most common T Level questions answered. Please take a look at this page first, and if you need further support, please contact us

 

Question 

Answer 

1

How are T Levels structured? 

T Levels are made up of: 

  • An approved NCFE Technical Qualification (TQ) that develops subject-specific knowledge and practical skills 
  • Hands-on experience of work with an industry placement of approximately 45 days 
  • Functional Skills in maths, English and digital at a minimum of Level 2, or GCSEs in English and maths 
  • ‘Soft skills’ necessary for success in work 
  • Enrichment 
  • Tutorials.

2

Who can deliver T Levels? 

The UK government has selected these providers to deliver T Levels in academic years 2020 to 2021, 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023. 

In September 2023, T Levels will be rolled out nationwide. Learn more about the government’s T Level rollout strategy.

3

What industries are T Level qualifications available in? 

T Levels have been developed for these industries: 

  • 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.

4

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

If your centre’s not currently an approved T Level provider but you’re interested in delivering T Levels, submit an expression of interest at gov.uk. 

5

How are T Levels funded? 

We’re currently expecting a DfE review of Level 3 qualifications. We anticipate that funding for other qualifications will be withdrawn in favour of the T Level qualifications.

6

When will T Levels be launched? 

The T Level rollout is incremental. The first 3 T Levels were launched in selected providers during the academic year 2020 to 2021.  
 
A further 7 T Levels will be launched for the academic year 2021 – 2022. The remaining courses will be launched in September 2022 or 2023. The aim is that T Levels are rolled out nationwide in September 2023. 

7

Do you have information packs we can send to our colleagues? 

This isn’t something we currently offer. Please look at gov.uk or our T Level page that we regularly update with the latest information. 

8

Does NCFE develop T Levels? 

Yes. We work with the T Level panel to develop the qualification specification and assessment strategy for each T Level. 
 
Sector experts in Education and Childcare, Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health, Healthcare Science, and Science Technical on the T Level panel developed the qualification content for their relevant specialism.

9

Do T Levels have UCAS points? 

Every T Level provides 3 A-Levels' worth of UCAS points.

 

T Level specifics 

Here are our answers to the most common specific or technical questions we’re asked about T Levels. 

 

Question 

Answer 

1

Will we register T Level learners as we currently do, with a diploma in the first year and a certificate in the second year? 

No. T Levels are a two-year programme and requires just one registration. 

2

What are the destinations and progression pathways for T Levels? 

T Level learners can progress onto further education or skilled employment. 

3

Can content be covered and assessed during the placement? 

Although placements are likely to be taken throughout the T Level programme, learners won’t be assessed on any except their chosen occupational specialism. 

4

What qualifications will learners receive? 

Learners will receive a Technical Qualification certificate and a T Level certificate. 

5

Will employers mark their set project? 

No. NCFE assessors will mark the learner’s employer-set project. Employers are involved in designing the project and will consult on the results they expect from it, but they won’t mark it.  

6

If learners only complete year 1, will they gain a qualification? 

No. However, learners who only complete year 1 will receive a transcript detailing where they got up to and what they achieved.