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T Levels FAQs

The most common T Level questions answered. Please take a look at this page first, and if you need further support, please contact us





How are T Levels structured? 

T Levels are made up of: 

  • An approved NCFE Technical Qualification (TQ) that develops subject-specific knowledge and practical skills 
  • Hands-on experience of work with an industry placement of approximately 45 days 
  • Functional Skills in maths, English and digital at a minimum of Level 2, or GCSEs in English and maths 
  • ‘Soft skills’ necessary for success in work 
  • Enrichment 
  • Tutorials.


Who can deliver T Levels? 

The UK government has selected these providers to deliver T Levels in academic years 2020 to 2021, 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023. 

In September 2023, T Levels will be rolled out nationwide. Learn more about the government’s T Level rollout strategy.


What industries are T Level qualifications available in? 

T Levels have been developed for these industries: 

  • Agriculture, environment and animal care    
  • Business and administration 
  • Catering and hospitality               
  • Construction              
  • Creative and design 
  • Digital    
  • Education and childcare  
  • Engineering and manufacturing 
  • Hair and beauty 
  • Health and science 
  • Legal, finance and accounting.


How can my centre apply to be in the next phase of T Level providers? 

If your centre’s not currently an approved T Level provider but you’re interested in delivering T Levels, submit an expression of interest at 


How are T Levels funded? 

We’re currently expecting a DfE review of Level 3 qualifications. We anticipate that funding for other qualifications will be withdrawn in favour of the T Level qualifications.


When will T Levels be launched? 

The T Level rollout is incremental. The first 3 T Levels were launched in selected providers during the academic year 2020 to 2021.  
A further 7 T Levels will be launched for the academic year 2021 – 2022. The remaining courses will be launched in September 2022 or 2023. The aim is that T Levels are rolled out nationwide in September 2023. 


Do you have information packs we can send to our colleagues? 

This isn’t something we currently offer. Please look at or our T Level page that we regularly update with the latest information. 


Does NCFE develop T Levels? 

Yes. We work with the T Level panel to develop the qualification specification and assessment strategy for each T Level. 
Sector experts in Education and Childcare, Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health, Healthcare Science, and Science Technical on the T Level panel developed the qualification content for their relevant specialism.


Do T Levels have UCAS points? 

Every T Level provides 3 A-Levels' worth of UCAS points.


T Level specifics 

Here are our answers to the most common specific or technical questions we’re asked about T Levels. 





Will we register T Level learners as we currently do, with a diploma in the first year and a certificate in the second year? 

No. T Levels are a two-year programme and requires just one registration. 


What are the destinations and progression pathways for T Levels? 

T Level learners can progress onto further education or skilled employment. 


Can content be covered and assessed during the placement? 

Although placements are likely to be taken throughout the T Level programme, learners won’t be assessed on any except their chosen occupational specialism. 


What qualifications will learners receive? 

Learners will receive a Technical Qualification certificate and a T Level certificate. 


Will employers mark their set project? 

No. NCFE assessors will mark the learner’s employer-set project. Employers are involved in designing the project and will consult on the results they expect from it, but they won’t mark it.  


If learners only complete year 1, will they gain a qualification? 

No. However, learners who only complete year 1 will receive a transcript detailing where they got up to and what they achieved.