Open Letter about T Levels

Nadhim Zahawi – Secretary of State for Education

I am writing to give you information about new T Level qualifications and why they might be right for you or, if you are a parent, for your child.

T Levels are high-quality, new qualifications that follow on from GCSEs and enable 16–19 year-olds to move onto a job, a higher apprenticeship or further study at university.

From September 2022, the following T Level subjects will be available:

· Digital production, design and development
· Digital business services
· Digital support and services
· Education and childcare
· Design and development for engineering and manufacturing
· Engineering, manufacturing, processing and control
· Maintenance, installation and repair for engineering and manufacturing
· Building services engineering for construction
· Design, surveying and planning for construction
· Onsite construction
· Health
· Science
· Healthcare science
· Management and administration
· Finance
· Accounting

T Levels 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. All T Level students will complete a 45-day industry placement so they will spend 20% of the course getting on-the-job experience with a real employer.

T Levels also attract UCAS tariff points in line with three A levels. 125 higher education providers have so far said that they will accept them, including 84 universities, of which 12 are members of the Russell Group.

We know that young people and parents want information on all of the options available and how they compare. Clear and helpful information about all post-16 choices including T Levels can be found at

There is also more detailed information on T Levels available at, including a search function where you can use your postcode to search for T Levels available in your area.

I hope that you will find this information useful, and that you will use the resources linked above to explore all the options available to you or to your child.

Yours sincerely

Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP
Secretary of State for Education