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Introducing T Levels

T Level Webinars 1 – 4 March 2021

As part of T Levels week 2021, we hosted a collection of webinars for students and parents to learn more about this prestigious range of qualifications. Click below to find out more:

What are T Levels?

T Levels are two-year, technical programmes designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They give students aged 16 to 18 a technical alternative to A Levels and will help them to get a skilled job. T Levels will provide a mixture of:

  • Technical knowledge and practical skills specific to their chosen industry or occupation
  • An industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation
  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills
  • Common workplace skills
T Levels are split 80% classwork and 20% employer-based work
T Level programme content

T Level programmes will include three mandatory elements:

1. Core Component
The ‘core’ will be split into two parts. One part will develop ‘underpinning’ technical knowledge and skills relevant to all occupations relevant to the T Level’s industry. This will require students to:

  • Understand how the industry works
  • Understand how occupational specialisms fit within the industry
  • Know what the working practices in the industry are like

The other part is an employer-set project which will require students to apply their core knowledge and skills to achieve an employer-set challenge or brief.

2. Occupationally Specialist Skills
These skills will be delivered in a classroom-based environment (including, for example, workshops and simulated working environments). Students will provide evidence of achievement in work-specific skills that shows they can work in their chosen industry.

3. Industry Placements
T Levels must contain a meaningful industry placement with an employer. These will last a minimum of 45 working days, but can last up to 60 working days.

Different ways of carrying out T Level industry placements are being piloted to see which work best for specific industries and providers. For example, the placement could be a continuous block of working days or distributed across the study programme. The government will confirm how industry placements should be delivered when the pilots have been completed.

What do I need to know now?

You should continue to think about the types of careers you want to train for. Speak to your schools career advisor to make sure you have all the information you need.

We will visit your school at various times in the year for assemblies, parents evenings and careers events to talk about your options at college. We will let you know how to start a T Level and what the alternatives are, before giving you the opportunity to visit the College and/or apply for a course.

How T Levels work with other post-16 choices

T Levels will become one of three main options when a student reaches the age of 16, alongside:

  • Apprenticeships for students who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’
  • A Levels for students who wish to continue academic education

Not ready to start a T Level?

The government recognises that not all students who wish to start a T Level will be ready to do so at age 16. They plan to offer a ‘transition’ to help students get to the standard required to start a T Level.

Progression - what next?

When they complete a T Level, students will be able to choose between moving into:

  • A skilled occupation
  • Higher or degree level apprenticeships
  • Higher level technical study, including higher education

Why Farnborough?

Farnborough College of Technology is among the few colleges selected to deliver T Levels because of our proven track record in technical education. We are uniquely well-placed to deliver them thanks to:

  • Strong links with hundreds of local, regional and national employers
  • Experienced lecturers with extensive technical and professional knowledge and skill
  • State-of-the-art specialist facilities, like our new Emerging Technologies Centre, Institute for Education and Childcare, IT facilities and more

Digital T Levels

Digital T Level Courses

Career Pathways

Digital Business Services

Business Admin, Data Analysis, Data Engineering, Data Technician, Digital Content Admin, Digital Marketing and IT Solutions

Digital Production, Design and Development

Digital Marketing, IT Business Analysis, Software Development, Web Design and Web Development

Digital Support and Services

Cyber Security Analysis, Digital Support, IT Solutions, Infrastructure Technician and Network Cable Installation

Early Years Education and Childcare T Levels

Early Years Education and Childcare T Level Courses

Career Pathways

Assisting Teaching

Learning Support, Teaching Assistance and Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistance

Early Years Education and Childcare

Early Years Education, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Work, Teaching Support and Learning Support

Health and Science

Health and Science T Level Courses

Career Pathways


Adult Nursing Support, Allied Health Professions, Ambulance Support, Healthcare Support, Maternity Support and more

Healthcare Science

Clinical Analysis, Healthcare Science Assistance, Pharmacy Services Assistance, Pharmacy Technician and more


Bioinformatics Technician, Food Science Technician, Laboratory Technician, Metrology Technician, Research Science and more

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom or workshop-based learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience in the following industries:

  • Digital
  • Construction
  • Education and Childcare
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Health and Science
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care
  • Business and Administration
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Creative and Design

Students who achieve a T Level will get a certificate recognised nationally by employers which will set out what they have achieved as part of the programme.

Between now and 2023, we will be teaching the following T Levels: