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+ What are T-Levels?

T-Levels are new, two-year study programmes aimed at learners aged 16-18. They have been developed with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and will prepare you for work.


+ How are they different?

It is the unique mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience that makes T-Levels special. 80% of your time will be spent in the classroom with 20% on work-based placements. Placements can be block, day release or a mix of these.

+ What level is the qualification?

These are Level 3 programmes which follow on from GCSEs. One T-Level is the equivalent to three A-Levels.

+ What qualification will I get?

You will get a nationally recognised certificate showing an overall grade of pass, merit or distinction.

+ UCAS Tariff for T-Levels

The table below shows how T-Levels equate to A-Levels.

UCAS Tariff points T Level overall grade A-Level grades
168 Distinction* A*A*A*
144 Distinction AAA
120 Merit BBB
96 Pass (C or above on the core) CCC
72 Pass (D or E on the core) DDD


+ How can I progress?

T-Levels can lead to skilled employment, further study or higher apprenticeships. As they have been allocated UCAS tariff points, they can also provide entry to university.

+ Which subjects can I study?

From September 2020, T-Levels in construction, digital and education and childcare will be delivered, with courses in 22 further subject areas being rolled out in stages from 2021.

+ How can I apply?

Contact us for more information or come along to one of our Information & Advice Events to meet the T-Levels team.

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See our fantastic new STEM Centre

To meet the needs of the local and regional economy, £8m has been approved to focus on improving our facilities. The exciting project will ensure New College Durham continues to deliver industry standard teaching, and has been complete since October 2019.

The new development will focus on ensuring we have world-class facilities for teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

See our Creative & Digital Centre for yourself below!

T Levels 45 Days

Hear more about the industry placements from our students

Students share the benefits are of studying a T-Level qualification.

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T-Level in Education & Childcare

Our T-Level in Education & Childcare has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to ensure you are prepared for the world of work.