Science Industry Partnership

T levels Qualifications & Higher Technical Qualifications

What are T levels?

T Levels are new courses launched in September 2020, which follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of the industry and prepares students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

T Level Subjects

What are Industry Placements?

Industry placements allow students to develop their practical and technical skills in a role directly relevant to their vocational course.

They also give employers the chance to ensure that young people are developing the skills and experience that the industry needs.

Industry placements can vary in length but must last for a minimum of 315 hours, not including lunch breaks. As an employer you can offer industry placements as a block, series of blocks, day release or a mix of these, depending on what works best for you, the training provider and the student.

Industry placements will make up 20% of the course, with the student spending 80% of their time in the classroom.


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Science T Level Information

September 2021 saw the launch of the Science T Level course in England. This new 2-year full-time course has been rolled out throughout the country.

Please find attached more information on the qualification

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are Level 4 or 5 qualifications that are quality marked by the Institute of Apprenticeship and Technical Education (IfATE) to recognise their alignment to the occupational standards. HTQs could be new or existing qualifications that satisfy an approval process.

HTQs provide learners with occupational competence to take into their career to enter their chosen profession, upskill within their career or progress onto higher education.

HTQs have been introduced due to the growing demand of Level 4 & 5 qualifications individuals by employers. The number of people with Level 4/5 qualifications is lower in comparison to other countries within England.

Currently, there are a number of approved HTQs within the Digital route including Business Analyst (L4), Software Developer (L4) and Network Engineer (L4). A 2nd cycle of work has commenced which includes the  Construction & Health and Science route.

Higher Technical Qualifications for Science Industries

Work commenced on reviewing the Technician Scientist (L5) standard to enable a qualification to be designed and approved but due to the Health and Science Route review postponement, this work has been paused for now.

There is no indication when the Engineering and Manufacturing Route will be selected for the next cycle of HTQ applications. This may open after the publication and revisions of the Route Review are in place (2022/2023).