T Levels Explained

The next level qualification.

What are T Levels?

What are T Levels?

  • Technical qualifications at level 3, equivalent to taking 3 A Levels.

  • For those aged 16-19 who have finished their GCSEs and want the knowledge and experience to progress into a job, apprenticeship or Higher Education.

  • Nationally recognised two year programmes: you’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom learning and 20% on a minimum 45 day placement in a role which is relevant to your course e.g. you could spend 10-20 weeks working 2-4 days per week.


Benefits of T Levels

Benefits of T Levels

  • You get a high quality industry placement to include on your CV or UCAS application.
  • You make connections and gain a valuable reference, to help you find a job once qualifying.
  • You gain a real insight into the industry you’re training to enter – give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you will want to go into after finishing your course.
  • You will develop high quality technical skills.
  • You will benefit from focused individual support and personal development. 

*Subject to requirements including 95% attendance, positive attitude and grade profile.

These courses are endorsed and designed with employers and provide an opportunity to continue studying while gaining broader insight into what it is like to work in a certain sector, with the opportunity to specialise coming later. All T levels at Wirral Met have been chosen to align with the local, regional and national demand for skills and are perfect for setting you on the path to a job or further study at college or university.

Find out more about T-Levels starting in September 2024! Check out our helpful guide to T Levels below.


How will T Levels be taught?

1 Core Component

  • Technical knowledge and skills relevant to your chosen industry (75% assessment)
  • An employer-set project (25% assessment)

2 Specialist Skills

  • 80% spent in specialist industry learning environments, developing knowledge and skills for specific jobs

3 Industry Placements

  • 20% spent on an industry placement - between 45-60 days
  • You’ll develop the workplace skills that employers are looking for, gain a clearer idea about the job and learn about the opportunities to secure future employment

Where can I progress to after achieving my T Level?

  • Employment in a skilled occupation in your chosen career

  • A level 4, 5 or Degree Apprenticeship

  • Higher level study such as university degree (T Levels are equivalent to A Level UCAS points), Higher National Certificate/Diploma, technical or professional qualification.

What are the differences between apprenticeships and T Levels?

Apprenticeships - 80% in the workplace and 20% off the job training i.e an employment opportunity with training for those who are keen on working in a specific role.

T Levels - 80% classroom-based with 20% on an extended industry placement. A T Level gives an overview of different roles and career routes within an industry. You do not get paid for your industry placement on the T Level course, however you may be eligible for the ‘T Award’ which includes a package of benefits worth up to £300.

What qualifications do I need?

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C/9 - 4, including English Language and Maths.

The Digital Support Services T Level requires an IT-related GCSE such as IT, Computing or Computer Science.

Not quite ready for a T Level?

Wirral Met offers T Level Transition programmes – find out more below.



If you have any questions about T Levels, please get in touch.

Call 0151 551 7777 or complete our ENQUIRY FORM

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