T Levels – Technical Education

The Next Level Qualifications

We are delighted to announce that the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) and the Department for Education (DfE) has awarded City & Guilds in collaboration with EAL, to be the delivery partner for new T Level technical qualifications (TQs) in Engineering and Manufacturing, from September 2022.

In collaboration with EAL, City & Guilds will develop and deliver three Engineering and Manufacturing T Level TQs. This follows on from last year's successful partnership to start delivering Construction qualifications in Wales, and the T Level in Construction: Building Services Engineering from September 2021.

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What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new course that will give 16-19 year old learners the technical knowledge and practical skills that are valued by the industry; T Levels follow immediately after GCSEs as a technical alternative to A-Levels.

They are the biggest reform to vocational training in a generation, giving learners the skills, knowledge, and attitude to excel in their chosen careers.

T Levels are available in England only and will become one of the main choices for learners after GCSE alongside:

  • apprenticeships for learners who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’
  • A-levels for learners who wish to continue academic education.

Structure of a T Level

The T Level programme include the following compulsory elements:

  • a Technical Qualification (TQ), which includes:
    • core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
    • specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer
  • a minimum standard in maths and English if learners have not already achieved them at the start of their T Levels.

Learn more about T Levels on the government’s website


T Level technical qualifications in Building Services Engineering and On-Site Construction are now approved and accredited.

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City & Guilds and EAL will develop the T Level technical qualifications in Engineering and Manufacturing available from September 2022.

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Key Information and Documents

T Level industry placements: DfE delivery guidance for providers and employers

Industry placement toolkit for employers

Industry placement toolkit for learners

T Level Guide for Higher Education Institutes

Eligible providers will be able to apply for funding for up-to-date equipment and facilities. They will also be able to access training to help prepare their teachers and leaders. For more details, visit T Levels: next steps for providers for more information.

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