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T Levels: The Next Level Qualification

T Levels are a two-year technical qualification, designed to give you a head start towards the career you want. Created with local employers and businesses, they include an extended industry placement to help you learn what a career is really like in your chosen field. The work placement will make up 20% of your course (at least 45 days), with the remaining 80% of your time spent in the classroom.


At Gloucestershire College, you can choose T Levels in five areas:

  • Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Digital Infrastructure
  • Business and Management
  • Education and Early Years
T Levels FAQ for Students

Education and Early Years T Level

Learn the theory and the practical skills to be an early years professional, supported by professionals in the classroom and the workplace. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to observe young children, support play and educational opportunities and help them develop through age-appropriate activities whilst assessing their care needs in a real setting. Your skills will be underpinned with knowledge about children’s learning and development, health, wellbeing and safety, legislation, safeguarding, curriculum frameworks and professional practice and development.

Your will complete 750 hours of hands-on work experience over two years, attending 2 full days a week in a setting with babies and children aged 0-5 years. 

Assessment will be through written exams, an employer based project and practical assignments.

Education and Early Years T Level

Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction T Level

Learn the core knowledge and skills that underpin many jobs in the construction industry, especially construction design and surveying. In addition to core units of health and safety, mathematics and science, you’ll learn topics that are of significant importance to employers in the sector, including sustainability, design, law, project management and technology, alongside the practical elements of land and building surveying to provide accurate measurement and
industry quality drawings.

This course is great for anyone wanting a career in construction. It can lead to careers in surveying and design, civil engineering, building services design, or hazardous materials surveying.

Health: Supporting the Adult Nursing Team T Level

Working in a real setting, supported by professional expertise, you'll learn theory and be able to put it straight into practice. You'll gain knowledge and skills in assisting adult nursing teams with clinical tasks, supporting individuals in daily activities and assisting with skin integrity assessments. These skills will be underpinned with knowledge in areas such as anatomy and physiology, healthy nutrition and care routines, understanding the use and calibration of clinical equipment and policy and guidelines.

Assessment will be through examinations, an employer set project and practical assignments

Digital Support Services: Digital Infrastructure T Level

Develop digital knowledge and skills in information security, and understand the security controls that can be used to mitigate security threats within solutions and services, using digital evidence to solve problems. You'll learn to apply procedures and controls to maintain the digital security of an organisation and its data, and explain, install, configure, test and manage both physical and virtual infrastructure.

You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of operations, networking and infrastructure that is a great foundation for high-level specialised qualifications in networking or infrastructure architecture, or employment at intermediate levels.

Business: Team Leadership and Management T Level

Focus on the development of knowledge and skills needed to work in the Management and Administration sector, and understand the world of work so that you're ready to enter the sector through employment or as an Apprentice - you can even progress onto higher education courses and training. 

Put your studies into practice and gain real experience while you study core business concepts and theories. You'll learn about the essentials of business organisation, change management, communication, professional audiences and quality and compliance, before specialising in team leadership/management.

Need to know

  • Two years of full-time study, equivalent to three A Levels
  • 80% in the classroom and 20% on a work placement
  • More classroom study than apprenticeships; experience working in industry alongside study
  • A mix of industry-specific technical knowledge and practical skills
  • Gain a nationally-recognised certificate showing a grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*
  • Worth UCAS points and recognised by universities – one T Level Distinction* is worth the same as three A Levels at A*
  • Progress into a skilled job or study for a higher/degree-level apprenticeship, or a university-level qualification

Student Stories

Nathan Travers

Our experience with the NHS Foundation Trust shows us the ins and outs of the hospital environment and what it’s really like. We’ll have experience in different wards – which might spark new interests. During the first year of our course we’ll also gain a Care Certificate that allows us to do bank work in hospitals during the summer holidays – our course leaders are brilliant and ensure we have can have those experiences to take beyond college.

Nathan Travers

Adult Nursing, T Level

Rumeo De Freitas Pires

The course is very academic and gives more knowledge than cyber security. It offers a variety of jobs including networking, route cause analysis, testing and looking inside computers. I’d say definitely take the course if you want to know everything IT related, such as troubleshooting, networking, route cause analysis, tools and testing. There is some hacking in this course and there will be more next year. I want to do hacking and know this is my future job. I’d like to stay on and do the university level apprenticeship level 6 at GC, and eventually I would like to work at GCHQ.

Rumeo De Freitas Pires

Digital Infrastructure, T Level

Benji Bradshaw

My lecturers are fantastic, they teach and care for you and I’ve learned a lot from them. We’re treated like adults, and because they’re nurses they truly understand how to help you achieve and bring their experiences into the classroom. Everyone on the course is part of a really close group which makes working together much easier and enjoyable.

Benji Bradshaw

Adult Nursing, T Level

How business can support T Levels

We invite local employers to support our T level learners by offering an industry placement that will both benefit your business and teach young people the skills you look for in an employee.

A student will be invited to work with you for around 45 days, developing skills and building confidence. Placement times can be arranged to fit in with your needs.

T Levels for Business in Gloucestershire

By helping nurture and develop local talent, your organisation will benefit from cost effective recruitment for entry level jobs and apprenticeships that will bring in motivated and creative people. In addition, it provides an opportunity to upskill your staff with the chance to mentor a young person.

To find out more, please contact a member of the Gloucestershire College Employability Team on 0345 155 2020 or email employability@gloscol.ac.uk

T Levels for Business in Gloucestershire