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We are proud to announce that we will be delivering selected T Levels qualifications from September 2023.

What is a T-Level?

T-Levels are new 2-year courses which are taken after GCSEs and are generally equivalent to 3 A-Levels. T-Levels have been developed in collaboration with employers and education providers to ensure the qualifications meet the needs of industry and prepare students for skilled employment, an apprenticeship or related technical study through further or higher education.

T-Levels incorporate an industry placement of at least 315 hours – approximately 45 days, in order for students to gain practical real-world experience in addition to the knowledge-based learning in college.

These courses are perfect for you if you have finished your GCSEs and are looking to gain the knowledge and experience to get straight into employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. While studying a T-Level qualification 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.

Why should I study a T-Level?

T-Levels provide a range of progression options for students. These include skilled employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.

In addition to this, T-Levels have been structured and developed in a way which combines the practical elements of BTEC courses with the academic elements of A-Levels, leading to well-rounded, job-ready young people.

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T-Level FAQs

What does T stand for in T-Level

In the same way that A in A-Levels stands for ‘Advanced’, T stands for ‘Technical’.

Do I still need GCSEs if I want to study for a T-Level?

Yes, you will need to have a level 2 qualification in maths and English which is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4, or above.

Can I go to university after studying a T-Level?

Yes, you can. T-Levels get you work ready, or you can choose to continue studying with a higher apprenticeship or degree.

Are T-Levels harder than A-Levels?

Both T-Levels and A-Levels are challenging, and you’ll need to put time and effort into studying. T-Levels offer a broader experience as you will be expected to balance proactive work with classroom learning and submit assignments and sit exams based on your course work and learning in the workplace.

What qualifications will I receive after I finish studying a T-Level course?

One T-Level is equivalent to three full A-Levels. You will receive grades for your studies and a workplace grade from your industry placement. Here’s how the grades work in relation to UCAS tariff points:

T-Level Grade

A-Level Equivalent

UCAS Tariff Points

Distinction* A*A*A* 168
Distinction AAA 144
Merit BBB 120
Pass with C or higher in your core component CCC 96
Pass with D or E in your core component DDD 72

Your T-Level certificate will provide you with an overall grade and separate grades for the core components using A* to E. There will also be a separate grade for each occupational specialism using D/M/P (Distinction / Merit / Pass).

What T-Level subjects can I study at USP College?

Accounting, Digital Production Design & Development, Education & Childcare, Engineering & Manufacturing, Health, Legal Services, & Science. We hope to be able to offer more subjects in the future.

Can I study more than one T-Level at the same time?

A T-Level is the same as studying for 3 A-Levels. A T-Level is a full-time course with work experience included in your timetable so you will need to choose one T-Level course.

How long will my workplace placement be?

All T-Level placements will include a placement worth a minimum of 315 hours (approx. 45 days). Students are recommended to find their own placement and our team will support in ensuring this place is safe, secure and meaningful. The College also works with 100s of employers each year to be able to support anyone who is unable to source their own placement. All employers are carefully vetted by our staff to ensure your safety and wellbeing during your work placement.

What's the difference between T-Levels and Apprenticeships?

T-Levels allow you to continue your studying while also gaining industry experience from workplace placements. They tend to be 80% in the classroom (typically 4-days a week) and 20% on placements (typically 1 day a week). Whereas apprenticeships are paid work-based roles in a specific occupation and tend to be 80% on placements and 20% in the classroom.

How can I apply for a T-Level?

Start your T-Level journey now by applying online. However, course places are limited, so don’t delay and apply now to start in September.

Do I have to have my GCSE results to apply for a T-Level at USP College?

No, you can apply now with your predicted grades. If successful you will be offered a conditional place based on your GCSE results which will be confirmed when the results are published in August.

Read more about our application process here!

Can I change T-Level course part way through a term?

Once you start your T-Level course, if you are concerned that the subject you have chosen isn’t right, then speak to your Course Leader about it. They will help you identify the right way forward and overcome any obstacles that may be causing you concern. We want you to be happy and successful in your career and will do all we can to support you.

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