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 Animal Care & Management; Business Management & Finance; Construction; Craft & Design; Digital; Education & Early Years; Engineering & Manufacturing; Health & Healthcare Science and Media, Broadcast & 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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Animal CARE AND Management

Whether you dream of working with pets, wildlife or exotic creatures, you can start your journey to a great career with a T Level in Animal Care and Management.

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Behind every good company there are hardworking business-minded people and talented administrators. Does this sound like you? A T Level in Business Management 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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If you would love to be designing the clothes seen on the catwalks of Paris and London or exploring your creative ideas by making things using different materials then a career in Craft and Design could be your next step.

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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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If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s just how important the health and science 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, from nurses who care for patients in need, to scientists who can cure and prevent diseases.

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Have you ever watched a perfectly executed film scene or played a hyper-realistic computer game and thought, “I want to do that?” It doesn’t have to be a dream – you can gain the Media, Broadcast and Production skills you need to achieve your ambitions right here.

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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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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.  

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.