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T Levels

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What are T Levels?

T Levels are a brand new qualification you can take after your GCSEs. Each qualification lasts two years and is equivalent to three A-Levels.  Like Apprenticeships, T Levels provide a chance for you to learn on the job. The main difference is that classroom learning accounts for 80% of your time with a T Level while your industry placement makes up the other 20%. Each placement is at least 315 hours long (that’s roughly 45 days!) What makes T Levels unique is that they have been specially designed with employers and businesses so as soon as you qualify you can step straight into your chosen career, higher apprenticeship or degree confident that you are equipped with all the industry knowledge you need to succeed.

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  • UCAS Points you'll gain from T Levels
    UCAS Tariff points - T Level overall grade
    168 Distinction*
    144 Distinction
    120 Merit
    96 Pass (C or above on the core)
    72 Pass (D or E on the core)
  • Your questions about T Levels answered

    Is it possible to study a T Level without sitting an exam?

    No. There are two exams that are the assessment for the Core.

    I am not good with exam situations what course can I do that is assessment only?

    The DfE are removing more and more of the qualifications that are only assessment. The only course we currently offer that doesn't have exams is our new Level 3 Managing and Developing Esports course.

    How are T levels assessed?

    There are 4 parts to T Levels. Year 1 (Core - 2 exams, Employer project - timed assessment over a few days (like they do for art GCSE)), year 2 (Specialism - timed assessment over a few days) and industry placement of at least 1 day a week for the 2 years. All work is externally assessed (exams and assessments)

    What’s the difference between a T Level and the other options available to me?

    T Levels are very employer orientated and are designed with industry leaders. They are very specific and provide learners with the skills and knowledge required for the sector of their choosing.

    Why should I choose a T Level?

    For students that know what they want to do and want lots of industry and practical experience.

    Why should I choose to study a T Level?

    T levels are designed with industry leaders to provide the skills and knowledge that are needed in industry. They are very in-depth into their field.

    What is the difference between a T Level and an Apprenticeship?

    An Apprenticeship is based with the employer and you attend college for one day of teaching. (more on the job learning, less theory) a T Level is three days in college and at least 1 day industry placement (more theory and in-depth content)

    Will I get paid for the work experience?

    No, but the experience you’ll fain will put you in a favourable position when seeking employment and in university applications.

    Do I have to find my own placement?

    Preferably, but we do have industry contacts and are here to help.

    Can I find my own work placement?

    Absolutely! This means that you find a placement that you want and within a suitable travel distance for yourself. Just please talk to us so that we can ensure it is suitable for your T Level.

    Can I still go to university?

    T Levels offer UCAS points just like A Levels and BTEC. T-Levels are widely recognised by most universities and higher education institutions. If you have any questions please contact one of your Career Advisors.

Our T Level Courses

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Healthcare Science

  • Healthcare Science is a prestigious and rigorous vocational academic qualification, the equivalent to studying 3 A-Levels, which provides learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and real-life skills surrounding the Health Science Industry. 
  • During the 2-year programme, students will develop the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of healthcare occupations involving the study of Health Sciences with core elements and occupational specialisms that make this a good mixture of practical and theoretical skills development. Learners will be assessed through a variety of methods; these involve both internal and external assessments which will allow learners to develop their vocational and study skills. 
  • Additionally, there is an Industry Placement with an external employer to enable students to transfer their learning into real working environments. Students will also complete employer set projects that further develop workplace skills in order to prepare for vocationally based future educational programmes and work readiness. This is supported by some of the region's largest healthcare science employers. 
  • Learners will be supported with their progression towards higher education and future employment based within the health science sector. They will be given the opportunity to gain valuable work-related experience to give them engagement, insight, and connections to their future career within the industry. 

Digital Support Services

Our Digital Support Services T Level allows you to learn the essentials of digital roles by understanding data and digital systems. You’ll also learn how business and software interact while gaining an understanding of security, testing, planning and legal issues. This T Level is perfect for you if you have an interest in learning how to maximise the effective use of digital office technologies, productivity software, digital communications (including collaborative technologies)  and digital information systems.

Education and Childcare 

Our T Level in Education and Childcare allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics such as, child development, safeguarding and special educational needs all of which are essential elements to master for a successful career in the field. Alongside this, you will also learn about the role of the family and various support agencies. Education and Childcare is a diverse and fascinating subject - you’ll be able to delve into the specifics of social interaction, how language is acquired and understanding behaviour. You’ll also build your skills in becoming a reflective practitioner with an understanding of the broader context of education.

You’ll then be able to choose a specialism that is designed to support your interests and ambitions and enable you to progress in a specific area. This is where you can get deeper into your chosen subject, developing and practising the skills needed for your chosen career higher apprenticeship or degree.


Our Science T Level gives you the essential knowledge and skills you need to work in the science or healthcare industry. You’ll learn how the industry operates, core scientific concepts and key regulations including managing information, health and safety and good clinical practice. 

If you're an employer

Industry placements give young people studying towards a technical qualification practical experience directly related to their course, helping prepare them for the world of work. All of our students at West Suffolk College aged 16-18 must complete a form of placement with an external employer; this can be a regular work placement or a 315-hour industry placement. If you’re interested in finding out more about how you can help then click the link below. 

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