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.
EAL 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.
T Levels are a new Level 3 qualification where each T Level is equivalent to three A Levels and will be worth UCAS points (for example, a T Level Distinction* is worth the same as three A Levels at A*). For learners who want to further their studies, T Levels will l be recognised by universities and other education providers.
The T Level technical qualifications in Building Services Engineering and On-Site Construction will be available from September 2021.Find Out More
EAL and City & Guilds will develop the T Level technical qualifications in Engineering and Manufacturing available from September 2022.Find Out More
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
EAL and City & Guilds collaboration
EAL and City & Guilds bring together the strength of two market-leading awarding bodies in qualifications and skills development in the engineering, manufacturing, construction and built environment industries. Our aims during the development, implementation and delivery of these new suite of qualifications are to help people prepare for the world of work, develop in their job and progress on to their next job.
EAL is the specialist skills partner and awarding organisation for the construction, engineering, and manufacturing industry. Its industry expertise coupled with its commitment to quality and unrivalled service levels make it the perfect partnership for City & Guilds.
Engineering and construction have formed a core part of the City & Guilds offer over the past 140 years, leaving the business ideally placed to play a bigger role in creating the skills the UK economy needs to prosper in the future. Since the creation of City & Guilds at the time of the second industrial revolution, our purpose has been to help people, organisations and economies develop their skills to grow.
What are T Levels?
The first T Levels were made available to students from September 2020 and are two-year courses for 16 to 18 years old. They will become one of three choices for learners after GCSEs alongside apprenticeships and A Levels.
They have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work.
T Levels will offer learners a mixture of classroom learning and 'on-the-job' experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide young learners with the knowledge and experience needed to progress into employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
What does a T Level Include?
T Levels consist of several components:
- An approved Technical Qualification (TQ) that provides technical knowledge and practical skills specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation.
- ‘On-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).
- Transferrable workplace skills.
- Enrichment and tutorials
Any other requirements set by T Level panel.
EAL offers qualifications in Functional Skills English and Mathematics, where level 2 has not been achieved in these subjects at Key Stage 4
The TQ provides technical knowledge, practical skills and behaviours specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation, and will make up between 900 and 1400 hours of the two-year T Level programme. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) will approve the content for the TQ, which they will base on the same standards as apprenticeships. T Levels selected providers are responsible for the delivery and management of the industry placement. You can learn more on the UK Government’s T Levels website.
T Levels will be gradually rolled out over the next few years. By 2023, there will be T Levels available for the following industries:
To learn more, visit the UK Government’s website.
Who are developing the TQs?
There will only be one Awarding Organisation (AO) for each T Level pathway.
AOs are required to follow a procurement process set by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) in order to develop the TQs. The successful AO is responsible for the specification development and assessment delivery of the TQ awarded.
How will T Levels be graded?
Learners who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. They will get a nationally recognised certificate to show their overall grade and a breakdown of what they have achieved.
The T Level certificate will include:
- an overall grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*
- a separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
- a separate grade for each occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction
It will also include confirmation that the student has:
- met the minimum requirements for maths and English qualifications
- completed the industry placement
- met any additional mandatory requirements
- a learner's overall T Level grade, which will be calculated from the grades they achieved on the core component and the occupational specialism(s).
Learners who do not pass all elements of their T Level will get a T Level statement of achievement which will show the elements they have completed. City & Guilds will not be issuing certificates.
Who are the T Level selected providers?
You can access the full T Level providers list on the government website.
How will T Levels work with other post-16 choices?
T Levels will become one of three choices for learners after GCSEs alongside apprenticeships and A Levels.
- T Levels are designed to offer a path for learners wishing to enter skilled professions. These are typically 80% in the classroom and 20% on-the-job.
- Apprenticeships are for those who wish to learn a specific occupation 'on the job'. These are typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom. It is more suited to those who know what occupation they want to pursue, are at the working age of 16 and want to earn a wage while learning at the same time.
- A Levels are for learners who wish to continue academic education.
If a learner wants to start a T Level from September 2022, which of your colleges will be offering it?
Below is a breakdown of the T Level pathways and the AQ responsible for the TQs:
Wave one – September 2020 delivery
- NCFE are responsible for Education and Childcare
- Pearson are responsible for Construction: Design, surveying and planning and Digital: Digital production, design and development
Wave two – September 2021 delivery
- EAL and City & Guilds are responsible for Construction: On-site and Building Service Engineering
- NCFE are responsible for Digital: Business Services and Support services, Health and Healthcare Science and Science.
Wave three – September 2022 delivery
- EAL and City & Guilds are responsible for Engineering and manufacturing: Manufacturing, Processing and Control, Maintenance, Installation and Repair and Design and Development.
- City & Guilds are responsible for Business and Management: Management and Administration.
Where can I find your timeline of activities?
Please see the T Level delivery checklist on the T Level webpage.
What is the implementation timeline for T Levels?
- Sept 2020: Launch of wave one routes in Construction, Digital, Education and Childcare - taught by 54 selected providers. EAL will not be offering these T levels
- Sept 2021: Launch of wave two routes in Construction (On-site and BSE), Digital, Health and Science. EAL will be offering the Construction on-site and BSE route only
- Sept 2022/2023: Launch of wave three routes in Engineering and Manufacturing. EAL will be offering these routes
How do I become eligible to deliver T Levels for 2022 delivery?
Providers who have expressed an interest in delivering from 2022 will be notified of their eligibility in May 2020. The process is managed by ESFA, please check their website for all information.
Which universities recognise and accept T Levels?
As T Levels are new qualifications, the DfE are working closely with universities to raise awareness of T Levels and their progression routes to higher education.
UCAS have published the tariff points for T Levels to support progression to higher education.
Note: Not all universities and colleges use the UCAS tariff when making offers to prospective learners, but if you're concerned about whether a qualification will be accepted, it's best to get in touch with the university or college directly for more details on their entry requirements for the particular course of interest.
Where can we access more information from?
We regularly update our T Level webpage, however for more information on T Levels please visit the Gov.uk website.
Which T Level TQs are EAL and City & Guilds developing?
EAL and City & Guilds are working with the Panel to develop the technical qualification specification and developing the assessment strategy for the following qualifications:
- Construction Onsite and Building Services Engineering – available for first teaching from September 2021.
- Engineering and manufacturing – available for first teaching from September 2022.
Are the new T Levels TQs the same as EAL and City & Guilds current Technical Qualifications?
No. The new TQs and T Level programmes are new and are not the same as the current Technical Qualifications. However, if you have been delivering the EAL or City & Guilds Technical Qualifications, you should be in a good position to deliver and assess the T Level TQs, as the assessment strategy for EAL or City & Guilds Technicals is very similar to that proposed for the T Level TQs (external assessment, including examinations, and synoptic assignments).