What grades will be required to study the new T levels?

Exclusive: The majority of T level providers in 2020 require GCSE maths and English – read the full list of requirements

T levels: college requirements revealed

The majority of the initial T level providers will require students to have obtained a grade 4 in their English and maths at GCSE, a Tes investigation has revealed today.

Tes contacted all 50 providers that will be offering T levels from 2020. Of the 36 that responded, 26 said that students will need to have a grade 4 and above in English and maths. Four said they will require grade 5 and above, while three providers will accept grade 3s. Two had not finalised their requirements and one said that there were no requirements set. 


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T level providers 2020: requirements

Access Creative College (Access to Music), West Midlands 

  • T level offering: digital.
  • Requires: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9, including maths and English.

Barnsley College, Yorkshire and the Humber

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: Grade 4-9 in maths and English, no amount of other GCSEs set.

Bedfordshire and Luton Education Business Partnership, East of England

  • T level offering: digital.
  • Requires: no requirements set, students have to pass an assessment and interview.

Bishop Burton College, Yorkshire and the Humber

  • T level offering: education and childcare.
  • Requires: four GCSEs at grades 4-9, preferably including English and maths, and one satisfactory reference. A relevant level 2 vocational/technical qualifications will also be considered as part of this requirement. However, there may be exceptions and all individual cases will be treated on merit.

Blackpool and the Fylde College, North West

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: construction and digital T levels will require five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including English and maths. Education will require five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including English, maths and a science-related subject.

Bridgwater and Taunton College, South West

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English, and a "keen interest in the course".

Cardinal Newman College, North West

  • T level offering: digital and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs, three grades 4-9, two grades 5-9, including maths and English.

Chichester College Group, South East

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

Cirencester College, South West

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

City College Norwich, East of England

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: construction requires five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including 5-9s in maths and science. Education and childcare requires five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including 5-9s in English and maths. Digital requires five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including 5-9s in maths and IT or computer science. 

Derby College, East Midlands

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: digital and construction requires five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including English, and a grade 5 in maths. Education and childcare requires five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths, and a grade 5 in English.

Dudley College of Technology, West Midlands

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

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East Sussex College Group, South East 

  • T level offering: Digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

Exeter College, South West

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: education and childcare requires five GCSEs at grades 4-9 or a level 2 BTEC good merit profile, including maths and English. Digital requires three GCSEs at grades 4-9 or level 2 BTEC good merit profile, including maths and English. Construction requires 6 GCSEs at grades 4-9 or level 2 BTEC good merit profile, including maths and English.

Fareham College, South West 

  • T level offering: digital and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 5-9 or a level 2 with merit profile, including maths and English.

Farnborough College of Technology, South East

  • T level offering: digital, and education and childcare
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English

Havant and South Downs College, South East

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

Lordswood Girls’ School and Sixth Form Centre, West Midlands

  • T level offering: digital.
  • Requires: grades 4-9 in maths and English.

Nelson and Colne College, North West

  • T level offering: digital, and education and childcare
  • Requires: digital requires five GCSEs at grades 4-9 or a level 2 equivalent, including maths and English. Education and childcare requires four GCSEs at grades 3-9 or a level 1 equivalent, including maths and English. 

New College Durham, North East

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: digital requires five GSCEs at grades 5-9 (or equivalent) including maths and English and either IT or science. Childcare requires five GCSEs at grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including maths and English. Construction requires five GCSEs at grades 6-9 (or equivalent) including maths and English.

Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, Yorkshire and Humber

  • T level offering: digital.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

Painsley Catholic College, West Midlands

  • T level offering: digital.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 5-9, including maths and English.

Peter Symonds College, South East

  • T level offering: education.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

Runshaw College, North West

  • T level offering: digital.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

Scarborough Sixth Form College, Yorkshire and Humber

T level offering: education and childcare.

Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including 3 and 4 in maths or English.

Shipley College of Further Education, Yorkshire and Humber

  • T level offering: digital and education and childcare.
  • Requires: four GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths grade 4, and English grade 3.

Strode College, South West

  • T level offering: digital and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

The College of Richard Collyer, South West

  • T level offering: digital, and education and childcare
  • Requires: digital requires grades 4-9 in maths and English and a GCSE in computer science is preferred. Education and childcare requires grades 4-9 in English and a full DBS certificate.

The Leigh UTC, South East

  • T level offering: digital.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, East of England

  • T level offering: Digital and education and childcare
  • Requires: six GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

University College Birmingham, West Midlands

  • T level offering: education.
  • Requires: four GCSEs at grades 4-9, including maths and English.

Walsall College, West Midlands

  • T level offering: digital, construction, and education and childcare.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 4-9, with grade 5 in maths and English.

Weston College, South West

  • T level offering: digital.
  • Requires: five GCSEs at grades 5-9, or a relevant level 2 IT qualification at distinction or distinction*, including maths and English. 

York College, Yorkshire and Humber

  • T level offering: digital.
  • Requires: GCSE maths and English at grades 4-9.

Two colleges – Durham Sixth Form Centre and Gateshead College – had not set their requirements at the time of speaking to Tes.

The following colleges did not respond: City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, Cranford Community College, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, HCUC, La Retraite RC Girls School, Oldham Sixth Form College, Priestley College, Salesian School, Sandwell Academy, St Thomas More Catholic School, Suffolk New College, Truro and Penwith College, Ursuline High School, Walsall Studio School. 

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