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This page will help you understand what the new 'T-level' technical qualifications are.


The Government has chosen Hugh Baird College as the only education provider in the Liverpool City Region to deliver new ‘revolutionary’ technical qualifications called T-levels.

T-levels will begin through a phased approach nationally from 2020, and from September 2021, Hugh Baird College will be offering T-levels in:

  • Construction
  • Digital
  • Health Care

What are T-levels?

T-levels are a new type of qualification that focuses on high-level technical study and work-ready skills. They have been developed to offer a quality alternative to A-levels and will provide young people with a clear route to skilled employment, as well as progression to higher or degree Apprenticeships, or degree-level study at university.

T-levels will combine the career focus and practical elements of current technical and professional qualifications like BTECs and NVQs, with the theory and study of traditional A-levels.

A core component of the T-levels qualification is an industry-based placement, where students will apply the theory they learn in the classroom to the workplace and develop the essential work-ready skills that employers are looking for.


  • To provide a highly credible vocational alternative to A-levels.
  • To ensure that young people have learnt the skills they need to start a job after College and have a firm basis to progress in their career or higher level study.
  • Employers from a range of sectors need the competencies and attributes that will be taught on T-level courses, so students who complete this qualification will be in high demand for some of the best jobs.

T-levels will be a great choice for students who:

  • Aspire to achieve an advanced level of technical excellence in a chosen career pathway.
  • Value the opportunity to develop their technical skills within both the classroom and the workplace.
  • Are keen to experience the world of work and develop their employability skills.
  • Wish to start a career in a more advanced role, or would like to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship or a degree course at university.
  • T-levels will take two years to complete and are similar to A-levels; in fact, they have an even wider scope because, as well as a high level of classroom-based learning, students will develop the practical skills needed to actually carry out a job in their chosen field.
  • Assessment will take place through a combination of exams, coursework, workplace observations, an employer project and an end-point assessment.
  • In order to pass the qualification, students must have fully completed the industry placement element of the course and gained the necessary level of work experience which will be validated by an employer.
  • When completed, the qualification will be worth the same as three A-levels and carry the equivalent UCAS points.

Hugh Baird College will publish its T-level entry requirements when the application period opens for September 2021 entry, in October 2020.

T-levels provide the skills and knowledge needed to progress to university level study, employment, higher technical qualifications or higher/degree apprenticeships.

Applications for T-levels at Hugh Baird College will open in October 2020.