T Levels exams guide

Welcome to School Entrance Tests’ introduction to T Level exams.

Currently, over 130 higher education providers accept T Levels in their admissions criteria.

Our T Levels Guide

T Levels are a relatively new type of qualification in England designed to offer a technical alternative to A Levels.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of T Levels?

Advantages of taking T Levels include gaining practical skills, relevant work experience, and a pathway to higher education or employment.
However, they might be less recognized by universities compared to A Levels, and the program is still being rolled out, so availability could be limited.

It’s important to consider your career goals and the specific T Level subjects available when deciding if they’re the right choice for you.

Key points for T Levels students

In summary, T Level exams:
  • Are rigorous technical qualifications that enable 16–19 year olds to move onto a job, a higher apprenticeship or further study at university.
  • Have been designed with over 250 leading employers, so students can be confident that they will get the skills and knowledge that employers really want – and will be able to progress in their chosen career.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 45 days on an industry placement, spending at least 20% of the course getting on-the-job experience with a real employer.
  • Attract UCAS tariff points in line with three A levels and over 130 higher education providers are currently accepting T Levels in their admissions criteria.
  • Are at the forefront of technical education – and are a key pillar on the ladder of opportunity for young people, a framework which outlines how a skills system operates to support people from all backgrounds to reach to the top rung: well-paid, secure and sustainable employment.
Which T Level exams are available?
From September 2023, the following T Level subjects are available:
  • Digital production, design and development T Level exam;
  • T Level in Digital business services
  • Digital support and services T Level exam
  • T Level Education and early years
  • Design and development for engineering and manufacturing T Level
  • T Level Engineering, manufacturing, processing and control
  • Maintenance, installation and repair for engineering and manufacturing T Level
  • T Level Building services engineering for construction
  • Design, surveying and planning for construction T Level exam
  • T Level Onsite construction
  • Health T Level
  • T Level Science
  • Healthcare science T Level
  • T Level Management and administration
  • Finance T Level
  • T Level Accounting
  • Agriculture, Land Management and Production T Level
  • t Level Legal Services
Career guidance about all post-16 choices, including T Levels, can be found by searching:

How to Succeed in T Level Exams

  • To succeed in A-level and GCSE exams, thousands of pupils work hard to crack these exams. Merit is the obvious factor for success.
  • In other words, knowledge and ability are two core factors to exam success.
  • It is important for students to continuous focus on developing their knowledge and learning ability for better results.
  • However, another significant factor is often overlooked, which is related to adopting the right technique for the exam.