T Levels

Apr 22, 2021, 11:14 AM
T Levels
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We are excited to increase our T levels offer across the group, offering a brand new T Level qualification from September 2023 at Haywards Heath College.

T Levels are new two-year, technical qualifications which have been designed with employers to give you skills which are needed by industry!

They’ve been developed as an alternative to A-Levels and will give you have real experience of the workplace by combining classroom study, practical learning and a three month industry placement.

Developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, you can be assured they will give you the knowledge and skills that will prepare you for work.

T Levels will provide the skills, knowledge and experience that will help you get a foot in the door to your career.


We are offering a full T Level in Education and Early Years.

View T Level Course

T Levels are a great choice if you:

  • Are aspiring to achieve an advanced level of technical excellence in your chosen career;
  • Value the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge, both in the classroom and the workplace; and
  • Are keen to start experiencing the world of work and develop your employability skills.

T Level courses will include the following compulsory elements:

A technical qualification, which will include

  • core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
  • specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer
  • a minimum standard in maths and English if students have not already achieved them

Industry placements

Every T Level will include an industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer - for instance, industry placements for the Education & Early Years pathway are 750 hours (approximately 107 days). Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.

Providers will support employers offering industry placements. This will include assistance with the necessary paperwork, a careful planning process and support with designing the industry placement.

The sky is the limit! When you complete your T Level, you’ll have lots of opportunities including:

  • Employment in a skilled occupation;
  • Higher or degree level apprenticeships; or
  • Higher level study, including university.

A minimum of 5 GCSEs including maths & English grades 9-4 (A*-C).

For students who want to study a T Level but currently don’t have the entry requirements can enrol on a T Level Foundation Year course. 

These T Level Foundation Year courses focus on the following five core components:

Diagnostic and guidance period

To assess students' capability and support needs in order to tailor their T Level Foundation Year course to address these needs. This also helps students to decide which T Level they want to prepare for.

English and maths

For students who do not hold at least a GCSE grade 4 in English and/or Maths and are required to continue studying as per the condition of funding.

Work experience and preparation

To develop the skills, behaviours, attitude and confidence that will be needed to complete the T Level industry placement.

Introductory technical skills

Introductory skills and concepts to prepare students for the T Level route they wish to progress to.

Pastoral support and personal development

Relevant and meaningful support to address barriers to education, support emotional and/or mental health difficulties and support the development of study skills, and reflective and resilience skills.

If you have any questions, get in touch. You can email us at T-Levels@chigroup.ac.uk or call 01243 786321 extension 2722.