T Levels Explained

The Next Level Qualification 

What are T Levels?

Technical Levels, also known as ‘T Levels’, are a new two-year programme that will provide you with a high-quality, technical alternative to A Levels that are awarded UCAS points. Combining classroom learning with a 45-day industry placement they will set you on the path to a job or give you the option to choose another course for further study. We currently offer T Levels in Construction; Digital; Education & Childcare; and Health & Healthcare Science. 

From September 2023, we will also be offering T Levels in a further three areas including Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Catering and Media, Broadcast and Production. These areas have been chosen not only to give you a wide variety of possible paths to amazing but also to align with the demand for skills that will be needed across Greater Manchester and the wider North West region in the coming years. This means that a T Level will equip you with the right skills for the right job. 


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BUSINESS management AND finance

Behind every good company there are hardworking business-minded people and talented administrators. Does this sound like you? A T Level in Business and Finance could be perfect for you.

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Do you want to make your mark on Manchester or even in the world? Whether you want to manage projects or have a more hands-on job role, a T Level in Construction will help you to build your future career.

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Whether you want to develop software solutions or protect people’s finances with cyber security, you could make a real difference to businesses and communities both in the UK and across the globe.

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There are few things more rewarding than watching a child blossom because of your actions. Whether you’re helping them to take their very first steps, watching them master their ABCs, or supporting them to tackle their fears, every development is a sign of a job well done.

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If you want an innovative career and like working in a practical environment with processes or machines, a T Level in Engineering and Manufacturing could be for you.

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Want to style a future career in Hair and Beauty at a College offering Industry standard beauty salons? Do you want to learn skills through working and training with real customers? A T Level in Hair and Beauty could be for you.

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If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s just how important the health and social care sector is to the whole of the UK. And it’s a sector that’s growing rapidly – the UK will need tens of thousands more dedicated professionals over the coming years.

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Hospitality students working in a kitchen


If you want to cook and serve for members of the public in an industry standard kitchen, learn from renowned Chefs during workshops and visits and hone your skills for a flavoursome future, a T Level in Hospitality and Catering could be for you.

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Storyboard, film and edit your future exactly how you want it to be with a T Level in Media, Broadcast and Production. Learn from professionals in the industry and get your hands on state-of-the-art equipment that you’d use in your career.

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Everything you need to know

Students and Parents

Think T Levels might be for you? Do you want to find out what a T Level course entails, what kind of opportunities the qualification will open up for you and how it is different to other routes available to you?

Our student and parent guide to T Levels will provide you with all the information that you will need to help you make a decision. 

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Are you an employer or business owner that would like to help support young people in the region prepare for a career in your sector?  Then becoming a T Level delivery partner might be for you.

Our employer guide to T Levels will answer all your questions about what becoming an employer partner entails.

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A T Level is equivalent to three A Levels and is an opportunity to continue studying while gaining broader insight into what it is like to work in a certain sector, with the opportunity to specialise coming later. If you are moving on from your GCSE studies and want to develop your skills to obtain a qualification that is linked directly to a future career, then a T Level might be for you. T Levels are ideal for you if you would enjoy a practical approach to your studies, including a 3-month industry placement with an employer. 


Explore our gallery. From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College.