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T Levels were established to strengthen the technical education system in England and give young people the knowledge and skills that employers look for.
Combining theoretical knowledge with experience in the real world of work, T Levels give students a head start in their future, whether that's employment, a higher apprenticeship or further education.
How T Levels have been developed
T Levels were developed following recommendations from the Independent Panel on Technical Education, which aimed to streamline technical education and provide a new high-quality technical option for students aged 16 to 19.
Employers and providers have worked together to develop each T Level, and groups of employers have defined the skills and requirements for each course.
This ensures that T Level students will develop the technical knowledge and skills required by employers in that industry.
How T Levels compare to apprenticeships
T Levels are different from apprenticeships, but based on the same standards.
Apprenticeships are typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom, and are more suited to those who are ready to enter the workforce at age 16.
T Levels involve more classroom study than apprenticeships and prepare students for work, further training or further study.
Schools and colleges set their own entry requirements for T Levels.
Students who have not already achieved grade 4 maths and English at GCSE, will be required to work towards them alongside their T Level.
And if students aren't ready to start a T Level after GSCEs, the 1-year T Level Transition Programme can provide additional support to help them prepare.
Speak to your local T Level school or college to find out more about entry requirements and the T Level Transition Programme.
Options after T Levels
T Levels equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need for a successful future.
In 2022, 71% of students who applied to university secured a place, while other T Level graduates moved into employment and higher apprenticeships.