T Levels are new two-year technical programmes. Their primary purpose is to prepare students for entry into skilled employment, or higher-level technical study. The first three T Levels will be available at selected colleges and schools (providers) across England in September 2020.
T Levels will suit students who want a course that will develop genuine occupational skills and give them a head-start in their careers. The level of demand will be higher in the Technical Qualification of T Levels compared to many current vocational qualifications because of the expected level of competence a student will need to demonstrate in the occupational specialism.
The Department for Education (DfE) wants there to be clearer and simpler high-quality options for students ready and able to study at level 3. T Levels and A Levels will be the courses of choice for those opting for classroom-based study, and apprenticeships for those seeking a work-based option.
Removing qualifications that overlap with T Levels and A Levels will ensure clarity for students and employers, and the DfE will consider carefully – through consultation – how such overlaps will be defined. It has not made decisions about the range of other qualifications that need to be available at level 3, but recognises there are concerns about the removal of funding for qualifications that are well established, including AGQs and Tech Levels, or which cover niche or specialist occupational areas.
Further details of T Levels are available in the DfE Introduction of T Levels guidance document.