Introduction to T Levels

Newham College has excellent experience with its range of vocational courses that lead to great careers. It is now leading the way on T Levels.

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a brand new, two-year qualification for 16-19 year olds. They are equivalent to A Levels and other Level 3 qualifications, combining real world practical work experience with classroom studies taht will give young people the head start towards a future career.

T-Level are rigorous, classroom-based, technical study programmes that will give students the chance to learn what a real career is like while they study. Newham College has built excellent relationships with leading London employers where the students will gain valuable experience in their industry placement.

Around 20% of the time will be spent on the industry placement with the other 80% of the time in classroom study. Not only will students have a qualification recognised by employers or a higher apprenticeship but it can also be a gateway to further study at university.

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.

Why T Levels?

T Levels are the result of a review of post-GCSE qualifications by the Government and a recognition of the need to create a simpler, high-quality system that students, parents and employers will all understand.

T Levels will become one of three main choices for students after GCSE, alongside apprenticeships (whch combine practical on-the-job training with study) and A levels (for those who wish to continue academic education).

How do they work?

T Levels will consist of the following compulsory elements:

  • An approved technical qualification including core theory and specialist skills and knowledge specific to the student's chosen occupation or career path.
  • An industry placement with an employer of at least 45 days, which will provide the knowledge and experience to progress to skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
  • English and Maths will be built into the classroom-based element of the T Level. If a minimum standard of Level 2 was not achieved prior to starting the T Level, students will need to have achieved this by the end of the programme.

What subjects will be available? When do they start?

Newham College will be running fast track T Level courses in Healthcare, Science and Digital from September 2020:

We will launch a full range of T Level courses from September 2021 onwards including:

  • Digital Business Services
  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Digital Support Services
  • Healthcare Science
  • Science

How will T Levels be graded?

Students who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. A nationally recognised certificate will show their overall grade and a breakdown of what they have achieved.

In addition to confirmation that the student has completed the industry placement and met any other mandatory requirements, the certificate will also confirm if the minimum requirements for English and Maths have been met.

For students who want to progress to higher education, UCAS tariff points will also be allocated to the overall T Level grade.

Why should employers get involved?

Employers and providers like Newham College have been working together to develop each T Level, ensuring that students taking T Levels will develop the technical knowledge and skills required by employers in that industry. T Levels will provide a high quality route into employment.

If you are an employer, see how you can take your business to the next level with T Levels. 


For further information, read the Department of Education's guidance on T Levels or visit the dedicated website on T Levels.

Alternately, come along to our next open day to discuss this with our tutors, email or use the chat facility below.