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T-Levels

SGS are excited to be one of the first colleges in the country offering the new T Level qualifications at our Filton campus starting September 2022. These two-year technical courses are equivalent to three A Levels, include a 45-day work placement and are ideal if you want to enter employment in a skilled role or progress to university.

Full-time 16-19

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EQUIVALENT TO
3 A-LEVELS

T Levels are an alternative to A Levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses.

Equivalent to 3 A Levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.

A 45-DAY
INDUSTRY PLACEMENT

Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days.

Students get valuable experience in the workplace; employers get early sight of the new talent in their industry.

80% CLASSROOM,
20% WORK

T Level students spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need.

The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action.

3 Great Reasons to Choose a T-Levels

T Levels give you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies. You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement with an employer to give you the skills and knowledge companies look for.

T Levels have been designed with leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

T Levels - what are they?

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study. T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of 45 days.

How T Levels will work with other qualifications?

T Levels will become one of the main choices for students after GCSE alongside:
  • Apprenticeships for students who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’
  • A levels for students who wish to continue academic education

How have T Levels been developed?

Employers and providers have been working together to develop each T Level, with support from DfE and the Institute. Groups of employers have defined the skills and requirements for each T Level course by participating in T Level panels. This ensures that students taking T Levels will develop the technical knowledge and skills required by employers in that industry.

How are T Levels structured?

T Level courses include the following compulsory elements:
  • A technical qualification, which includes:
    • Core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
    • 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

How long will my industry placement last?

Every T Level includes an industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.

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