T Levels at B&FC

Got designs on a rewarding career in Digital, Construction or Education?

T Levels give you a head start towards the career you want.

  • 80% classroom, 20% work
  • Equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • 45-day industry placement

Here's everything else you need to know...

 What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new technical qualification, available from September 2020.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • A T Level takes two years and is equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • T Levels are worth UCAS points (needed for university)
  • T Levels bring classroom and industry placements together
  • T Levels are designed with businesses to give students the inside track for your future career

T Levels are studied five days a week, with 80% of your time in the classroom and the other 20% on a relevant industry placement, getting real on-the-job experience.

Each T Level is made up of:

  • Core industry skills and knowledge
  • Specialist skills and knowledge relevant to your chosen career
  • A minimum 315-hour (45 day) industry placement with an employer
  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills

You will be assessed by exams for the core skills and practical skills tests for the occupational (career) specialisms.

T Levels are career-focused, with a significant industry placement allowing you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to compete for the best university places, higher/degree apprenticeships and highly skilled careers.

T Levels are for young people who are academically strong and ambitious to get ahead in high-level technical occupations (next level skills for next level jobs). They provide the chance to learn what a real career is like while studying.

 Which T Levels are available?

The first three T Levels will be available from September - and we’re the ONLY college in the North West launching all three.

More T Level pathways will be rolled out from 2021 and will include Finance and Accounting, Engineering and Manufacturing, and Creative and Design.

 What are the T Level entry requirements?

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths.

If you choose the Primary Teaching route of the Childcare and Education T Level, you'll also need a science-related subject.

 What are the differences between T Levels and A Levels?

T Levels and A Levels have exactly the same entry requirements and both lead straight to university.

If you have a specific career goal, a T Level will give you the experience and skills needed to get a head start into your chosen area.

T Levels lead to a nationally-recognised qualification showing specific learning outcomes with an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

They equip young people to progress to university, highly skilled employment or a higher/degree apprenticeship.

 UCAS Tariff for T Levels

The tariff allocates points to each qualification grade so you can easily work out what you need for a particular course. The table below shows how T Levels equate to A Levels.

   UCAS Tariff points        T Level overall grade  A Level grades  
96Pass (C or above on the core)CCC
72Pass (D or E on the core)DDD

The table above is based on achieving the same grade for each A Level. However, UCAS tariff totals can be achieved through different A Level grade combinations based on the following A Level grade points: A*=56; A=48; B=40; C=32; D=24; E=16.

 Careers for T Level students

T Levels are a great option for students with a career in mind who want to experience the workplace while learning essential skills for the job of your dreams - or higher education.

Here are the T Levels and your likely career paths:

Digital Production, Design and Development (Digital)

  • Software Developer
  • Game Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Application Developer
  • Web Developer

Design, Surveying and Planning (Construction)

  • Architecture & Design
  • Building Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Estate Agency
  • Land Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Structural Engineering


  • Support Worker
  • Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner
  • Teacher
  • Nursery Manager
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Education Welfare Officer

 Why have T Levels been introduced?

T Levels are a big part of the government’s plan to transform UK education. They will provide the knowledge and skills employers need in order to secure the successful future of the UK economy.

 Which T Levels will be available in 2021?

In addition to the first three courses mentioned above, B&FC will be offering seven new T Levels for 2021 - across Digital, Construction and Healthcare:

  • Digital business services
  • Digital support and services
  • Onsite construction
  • Building services engineering
  • Health
  • Healthcare science
  • Science

We'll provide you with more information about these courses towards the end of 2020.

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T Level courses