Introduction to New T Level Qualifications 

Peter Symonds College was delighted to be one of the first providers to offer the new T level (Technical Level) qualification in Education & Early Years, and now Hairdressing, Barbering & Beauty Therapy. T Levels are ideal if you have finished your GCSEs and want the knowledge and experience to get straight into employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.

What are T Levels?

T Levels are new courses that commenced in September 2020, which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. T levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement, to ensure that students have real experience of the workplace. Alongside learning the technical and practical skills specific to their chosen industry or occupation, students also learn common workplace skills and maths and English skills where necessary.

These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will meet the needs of the industry and prepare students for work.

Why choose T Levels?

T levels have been designed with leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need. T Levels give you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies. You will have an industry placement lasting at least 45 days, meaning you will gain valuable hands-on experience.

When you pass your T Level, you will get a nationally recognised certificate showing your overall grade (Pass, Merit, Distinction, or Distinction*). It will also give details of what you learned on the course to help you move into skilled employment, or a higher apprenticeship.

Your T Level will also carry UCAS points – a T Level at grade Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A levels at A* - and will be recognised by universities and other education providers, so you can continue studying if you wish.

T Levels involve more classroom study than apprenticeships, which means you can experience an industry while you continue your studies. Like A levels, there are no tuition fees to study T Levels if you start before you are 19.

How are T Levels structured?

T Level courses include the following compulsory elements:

  • a technical qualification, which will include: core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area and specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer
  • a minimum standard in Maths and English (if students have not already achieved them)

Progression from T Levels

On successful completion of a T Level qualification, students could choose to enter a skilled occupation, apply for a higher or degree level apprenticeship, or continue higher level technical study at university or an alternative provider.

More information about T levels can be found on the Government T Level website.