T Levels

The first T Level qualifications to be offered at Wirral Met College from September 2023 will include:

  • Building Services Engineering
  • Construction (Design Surveying & Planning)
  • Digital (Software, Applications Design and Development)
  • Education & Childcare
  • Health
  • Healthcare Science
  • Science

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.
  • 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

  • You get valuable work experience 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 improve your technical skills.
  • You will improve your confidence, learn how to communicate clearly and work as part of a team.

How will T Levels be taught?

1 Core Component

  • Technical knowledge and skills relevant to your chosen industry
  • An employer-set project
  • English and maths; if you haven’t already achieved your GCSE grade 9-4 or Functional Skills level 2, you will continue to study these as part of your T Level

2 Specialist Skills

  • 80% spent in specialist industry learning environments, such as workshops, developing knowledge and skills for specific jobs
  • You will need to demonstrate your ability to work in your chosen industry

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 a Higher National Certificate/Diploma, technical or professional qualification or a Degree at university.

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.


What qualifications do I need? 

To be accepted onto a T Level, you should have five GCSEs at grade 9-4.

If you haven’t already achieved GCSE English and maths at grade 9-4 or Functional Skills level 2, you will continue to study these as part of your T Level.

How can I find out more?

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

Download our Guide to T Levels.

Visit one of our upcoming OPEN EVENINGS to discuss T Levels in person, call 0151 551 7777 or complete our Enquiry Form


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