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T Levels way into the Industry

T Levels are equivalent to you completing 3 A Levels and have been designed by employers to provide you with specific skills and industry experience, this all equips you to be a suitable candidate as you enter the world of work! 

Who is it for?

16-19 year olds after you’ve finished your GCSEs in secondary school.

How long does it last?
T Levels take 2 years to complete. During the 2 years you  will learn the core knowledge and skills for entry to a range of construction occupations!

What’s included in a T Level?
T-Levels involves the following:

  • A technical qualification - the T Level (providing you with specialist theoretical and practical skills)

  • An industry placement - with an employer (company).

  • A minimum standard in Maths and English - if you don’t already have these.

  • 80%  classroom-based learning and 20% placement within the Construction Industry - The placement is an opportunity for you to put the skills you’ve gained at college into practice in a real-life situation and gain a more diverse experience!​

Unlike A Levels, T Levels have a greater focus on placement in work, with an 80/20  learning and working ratio, with a minimum of 45 days spent in an industry placement! As part of a T Level, you’ll split your time between classroom-based learning and an industry placement of at least 45 days, which will be organised by your training provider. They contain a technical qualification, industry placement, and maths and English (if required) that can be taken after GCSEs or other Level 2 education in England. 

How do I get onto a T-Level?

Firstly, you’ll need to choose a subject pathway. There are currently 3 categories available including:

  • Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction - specialism modules to choose from include surveying & design for the built environment, civil engineering, building services design and lastly hazardous materials analysis & surveying.

  • Building Service Engineering for Construction - specialism modules to choose from include electrical equipment engineering, electrotechnical engineering, gas engineering, protection systems engineering, plumbing & heating engineering, heating engineering & ventilation, refrigeration engineering and air conditioning engineering.

  • Onsite Construction - specialism modules to choose from include bricklaying, carpentry & joinery, plastering painting and decorating.

For further information on course content & entry requirements, click here.

Secondly, after selecting your subject pathway you’ll need to apply to a local college or school. Check with your local T Level college or school to find out the entry requirements for the Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction T Level.

The government are working on further subject pathways below that will be release this year 2022 and next year 2023. Click here to find out more information on the specialism modules coming!

What happens once I complete my T-Level? 

You’ll receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. Your overall T Level grade will be worked out from the grades achieved on the core component and specialism modules. You’ll also receive a certificate showing:

  • An overall grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.

  • A separate grade for the core component, using A* to E.

  • A separate grade for each occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction.

  • Confirmation of completed industry placement.

  • Completion of any  additional mandatory requirements.

Once you’ve completed your T Level, you then have 2 options:

  1. Apply for jobs in skilled employment at entry level - The employer who offered your industry placement may recommend that you apply for a job in their company, or may be able to provide a reference to help you find work after your course.

  2. Apply for further levels of Education - you can go for a higher apprenticeship, degree apprenticeship, or a university place to continue your professional training in construction. T Levels completely set you up for either one of these!

If you know which area of construction you’d like to work in and want to combine practical and theoretical classroom learning with hands-on work placement experience, a T Level could be your perfect fit. We love T-Levels!

Any Questions?

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Not quite ready yet for a T-LEVEL?

Try a T-Level Transition Programme

This Transition Programme is a 1-year course to prepare you for your chosen T Level subject pathway. It will give you relevant knowledge, practical and study skills to excel in your subject. Talk to your local T Level provider to find out if this could be right for you!

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