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Understanding T levels

Learn about T levels, what you can study and which degrees accept them.

We welcome applications from students who have the new T Level qualification.

T levels combine classroom teaching and hands-on, practical learning. You’ll study one subject area and you'll spend 20% of your time on work placement.

T levels, or Technical Levels, are level 3 qualifications. One T level is equivalent to 3 A levels. 

One T level takes two years of full-time study. If you choose to study a T level at sixth form or college you will not study any A levels after your GCSEs. You cannot study an A level at the same time as your T level study. 

T levels were developed by schools and employers to help you to prepare for university or the workplace. During the T level course you'll complete 315 hours (45 days) on placement, which is different from BTECs or A levels. 

What T level courses can I study?

You can currently study these subjects at T level: 

  • Building Services Engineering for Construction
  • Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
  • Digital Business Services
  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Digital Support Services
  • Education and Childcare
  • Health
  • Healthcare Science
  • Onsite Construction
  • Science

From September 2022 you could also study:

  • Accounting
  • Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
  • Finance
  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Management and Administration

See the latest T level subjects on the Government website.

Can I apply to university with T levels?

Yes absolutely, you can apply to university with a T level and the application process is the same. You can also use your T level to apply through Clearing.

T level results come out on the same day as A level results, which this year is 18 August 2022.

What degrees can I study with my T level?

We welcome applications from students who have a T level qualification.

Here at Portsmouth in most instances the subject matter of your T level won't matter, but you may need to apply for a degree that's linked to your T level subject.

  • Where a University of Portsmouth course has no subject requirements T Levels are accepted at the same tariff levels/offer levels as A levels
  • Where a University of Portsmouth course does have subject requirements T Levels are accepted that fall within the same subject area, unless there is a valid reason they can't be. T Levels are not accepted for courses with subject requirements if they don't cover the same subject area.

All of our courses list the entry requirements you need to apply. This includes T level grades and UCAS points. You should visit the course page for the degree you want to study and check the entry requirements section for details.

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Are T levels replacing BTECs?

Although T levels are not directly replacing BTECs, BTECs are receiving less funding from the government.

Some BTECs which cover the same subjects as a T level will receive less funding in the future. This means that you may not be able to study some Level 3 BTECs if there is a T level available in the same subject.