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+ What are T-Levels?

*From September 2020, we will deliver T-Levels in Construction, Digital and Childcare.

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, we are delivering T-Levels in:

  • Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Education and Childcare.

From September 2021, we will deliver T-Levels in:

  • Digital Business Services
  • Digital Support Services
  • Health

Courses in many more subject areas being rolled out in stages from 2022.


+ How can I apply?

You can apply to our T-Levels online. Apply now for September 2021.

Or come along to one of our Information & Advice Events to meet the T-Levels team.

🔗 Pre-register for our next event


+ What happens if I’m not quite ready for a T-Level or I don’t get the required grades?

If you are not quite ready to enter directly on to a T-Level after GCSEs, or don’t get the grades you were expecting, then don’t worry. A tailored transition year will be available, designed to help you gain the necessary knowledge, skills and qualifications to progress on to your chosen T-Level.

This option will be discussed with you at your interview.


Learn more about the next level qualification ➡️

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 students

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

T-Level in Construction

T-Level in Construction

This programme has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to provide you with a head start towards the future you want.

T-levels - Digital SQ

T-Level in Digital

This programme has been developed in collaboration with employers, professional bodies, universities and businesses to ensure you are prepared to progress.

T-levels - Childcare SQ

T-Level in Education and Childcare

This programme has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to ensure you are prepared for the world of work.