All about T Levels

What are T Levels?

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

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.

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 are they being introduced?

Barnsley College is one of only 54 colleges, and the only college in South Yorkshire, to pilot T Levels from September 2020.

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.
  • Higher level technical study, including higher education.

What subjects will be available?

Courses in construction, digital and education and childcare will be first taught from September 2020. A further 22 courses will be rolled out in stages from 2021, which will cover subjects such as finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative and design.

What else do I need to know?

As Barnsley College prepares to begin delivering T Levels in September 2020 we will be giving out more information. We will update this page whenever new information is released.

For more information please check out this January update from the Government apprenticeship blog page

To read the Department for Education’s guide to the Introduction of T Levels you can visit:



Last updated: 14th March 2019