Vocational qualifications

Technical Level Qualifications [T Levels]

What are Tech Levels?

  • New two year Level 3 qualifications -  equivalent to A levels
  • Lead to a specific occupation and available in a whole range of different areas from Cyber Security to Wildlife Management.
  • Designed by professional bodies, employers and universities so that they are relevant and up to date.
  • Include at least 3 months work experience and opportunity to build transferable skills and knowledge related to the job area.
  • Progress on to apprenticeships, jobs and university.

Who are they for?

They are for 16 - 19 year olds who want to focus on developing skills and knowledge of a specific occupation or job sector.  

Technical Baccalaureate

Students who take a Tech Level qualification alongside a Maths qualification at Level 3 and undertake an Extended Project, can achieve the Technical Baccalaureate.

What Tech Levels will be available?

There are approved Tech Levels in the following sectors...

  • Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Care
  • Arts, Media & Publishing
  • Business, Administration & Law
  • Child Development & Well being
  • Construction, Planning & the Built Environment
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Health & Social Care
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Sport, Leisure & Recreation
  • Retail, Hospitality & Commercial Enterprise

When will they be available?

The first 3 T Levels will be available at selected colleges across England in September 2020. 

Here is a list of colleges who will be offering the first courses in:

  • digital production, design and development
  • design, surveying and planning
  • education

By 2022 all the subject areas will be rolled out across all of the colleges.

For more information about the roll out of T levels look at the government's action plan here.

For more information:

Technical Level Qualifications

T levels

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