T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels


Why should I study this course?

We are launching this course for September 2022 starters. T Levels are new, two-year, technical study programmes (similar to apprenticeships) designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They are career-focused, with a significant industry placement allowing you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to compete for the best university places, higher/degree apprenticeships and highly skilled careers.

T Levels are for young people who are academically strong and ambitious to get ahead in high-level technical occupations (next level skills for next level jobs). They provide the chance to learn what a real career is like while studying.

T Levels will offer you a mixture of classroom learning and 'on-the-job' experience during an extended industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

The Digital Services T Level:

  • Takes two years and is equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • Gives you the UCAS points for university
  • Combines classroom and work-based learning
  • Is designed with industry leaders to give you a career edge

What you'll get:

  • Core industry skills and knowledge
  • Specialist skills and knowledge relevant to your chosen career
  • A minimum 315-hour (45 day) industry placement with an employer
  • Relevant Maths, English and digital skills
  • Teaching in bespoke industry standard environments

What will I study?

T-Level courses will include the following compulsory elements:

  • a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
  • specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer

The Digital Services T Level is split into two parts, the core component and an occupational specialism.

For the core component, you will learn about the concepts, theories and principles that underpin digital support services, as well as core skills for the digital sector.

You will study Digital Support as your occupational specialism. This will encompass all the skills needed to work in an ICT support capacity.

The occupational specialisms provide students with knowledge and skills required to enter employment or further study in the specific occupational area.


Examination board


How is the course assessed?

Teaching will be a mix of classroom-based delivery (around 80%) and industry placement (20%). This will give you an opportunity to link theory to up-to-date best practice, providing our graduates with outstanding learning opportunities so that they can successfully progress to their chosen career.

The core component is assessed through two written examinations and an employer-set project, and the occupational specialism is assessed through synoptic assignments.

A Distinction* at T Level is worth the same as 3 A Levels at A*.

These qualifications will be recognised by universities and other education providers for students who wish to further their studies.

What will the course prepare me for?

You can enter directly into employment with this qualification or can choose to do further Higher Education study.

Private study

You will be expected to complete private study.

What materials will I need to provide?

A laptop, tablet or mobile that can access the internet.

How will I be taught?

You will learn through a range of activities including debates and discussions, group and paired work, research projects and independent study.

This course is for you if...

You want to pursue a career in Digital, either progressing to university or into the workplace.

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What are the course requirements?

You will need four 9-5 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in four or more subjects, including a minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language, Maths and Science.

What skills do I need?

You need to be able to communicate effectively, demonstrate empathy, be very organised, be self-motivated and prepared to get ‘hands-on’ at placements and work as a team.