T Levels (Technical qualifications)

What are T Levels?

T Levels are courses for 16 to 18 year olds that are studied at the same level as doing A Levels. They are for young people who prefer a more technical education when they come to College, rather than following a purely academic pathway, or a work-based apprenticeship.

T Levels provide a mixture of:

  • Technical knowledge and practical skills specific to the student’s chosen industry or occupation.
  • An industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation. Watch this short Government video to hear why students find completing industry placements so beneficial.
  • Relevant Maths, English and digital skills.
  • Common workplace skills.

Students who achieve a T Level will get a nationally recognised certificate which employers will use as evidence in their recruitment.

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

When were they introduced?

Barnsley College was once the first College in South Yorkshire to offer a range of T Levels and we have now been offering the pioneering new qualifications for two years!

What can I do with a T Level qualification?

When you have completed a T Level course, you will be able to choose between moving into:

  • A skilled occupation.
  • Higher or degree level apprenticeships.
  • Further study including Higher Technical Qualifications or Higher Education.

What courses are available?

From September 2022, our T Level provision will be available to study for adults! If you’re looking to upskill or retrain for a new industry these employer endorsed courses could be perfect for you. Select your area of interest from the list below to find out more about the course content and get in touch with our Information Team for more information on how to enrol!

Business (Management and Administration)



Education and Childcare

Engineering and Manufacturing

Finance and Accounting


Motor Vehicle (Maintenance, Installation and Repair)

As our T Level provision continues to grow, additional courses will be rolled out in stages each year! From September 2023, we hope to offer additional courses in the following subjects:

  • Hair and Beauty
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Creative and Design
  • Animal Care and Management

As soon as more information becomes available we will update this page.

Take a look at the video below for the inside scoop on all-things Digital T Levels from our friends at Technicians Make It Happen

I’m an employer and I want to offer industry placements, is this possible?

Absolutely! Businesses who provide industry placements will be fully supported by their personal Barnsley College Industry Placement Co-ordinator throughout the process, from sign up to completion and beyond. Visit the Industry Placements departmental page to find out more information. The industry placement team can be contacted by calling 01226 216 216 or emailing workplacements@barnsley.ac.uk

What else do I need to know?

The short video below introduces T Levels and might help you as you decide what and how you’d like to study next.

Need more information?

Government apprenticeship blog page

To read the Department for Education’s guide to the Introduction of T Levels you can visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels

Last updated: 2nd September 2022