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T Levels

A two-year qualification, equivalent to three A-levels - choose from a range of exciting subject areas and apply today!

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new type of qualification which have been designed with the goal of getting you ready to jump straight into the world of work after finishing your course.

Each T Level course lasts two years, and is equivalent to THREE A-Levels!

They bring classroom learning, an extended industry placement and practical learning together on a course designed with businesses and employers.

As a learner you’ll spend 80 per cent of your time in high-standard technical classrooms and workshops at Lakes College, working alongside industry experts and professionals.

The remaining 20 per cent of your course is spent on an industrial placement with a local employer, assisting with your development of knowledge and skills which companies look for.

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Courses We Offer

Which T Level courses do we offer?

There are a range of different subject areas to choose from – see below for links to full details!


The T Level in Business is an exciting two-year programme, developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry.

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Our Design, Surveying and Planning T Level route is perfect for those wanting to work in the construction industry.

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This course is suitable for anyone hoping for a career in digital support services.

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Education and Childcare

This is an ideal course for those who dream of a career in early years education or childcare in roles including nursery worker, teaching assistant, learning mentor, special educational needs and disability (SEND) teaching assistant.

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Engineering and Manufacturing

This course is suitable for anyone interested in a career in maintenance, installation and repair for engineering and manufacturing.

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Health (Nurse Cadets)

Working in partnership with the NHS, our T Level Health (Nurse Cadet) programme is specifically designed to inspire the next generation of nurses and other NHS professionals.

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The Science T Level pathway focuses on laboratory science and includes foundation knowledge of biology and chemistry, analytic biology, analytic chemistry, essential skill, mathematics and health and safety in science.

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Ready to apply?

Ready to apply?

Applications are currently open for courses starting in September 2024 – use the link below to learn detailed information about each course area and apply today.


“I wanted to focus on studying a sole subject that I am thoroughly interested in, instead of three separate subjects like you would with an A-level. I also felt like a T Level would give me a wider breadth of opportunities and experience at different placements compared to what you would with an apprenticeship. ”

Meera Davies, student on T Level in Business

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Frequently Asked Questions

T Levels are a new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want.

They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. The 2-year qualification brings classroom and work placement together, on a course designed with employers and businesses.

The first wave of T levels launched in September 2020 at several colleges and schools. Lakes College was part of the second wave, and started offering T Levels from September 2021.

Two years of full-time study.

You can register your interest for a T Level course starting in September 2023.

If you would like more information about the courses, please contact our admissions team on 01946 839300 (option 2) or email

Visit our course pages to find more details about how to apply.

An industry placement lasts around 45 days, undertaken as a block or as individual days. The specific length of the placement and when it will take place will differ depending on your T Level.

T Levels are ideal if you have cmpleted your GCSEs and want to get the knowledge and experience needed to get a skilled job.

Yes, you can. T Levels get you work ready, but you can continue studying with a higher apprenticeship or degree.

T Levels are designed with businesses and employers, to make sure you have the skills and knowledge they are looking for in an employee.

T Levels give you the opportunity to experience an industry while you continue your studies, with the opportunity to specialise later. While gaining practical experience, you also achieve the qualifications needed to move into a higher level of study, if you choose to later.

Apprenticeships are paid, work-based training for those who know what occupation they want to pursue.

You must be between 16-18 years old at the time of starting your T Level qualification.

T Level in Education and Childcare Year 2 quote

“The course sets us up for every challenge we may encounter while working with children. Learning in the class is great because I can take the knowledge I learn and apply it into my placement at the school so it's extremely helpful.”

Holly Scott, student on T Level in Education and Childcare

Transition to Health (Nurse Cadets) quote

“I wanted to start the T Level Transition to Health because my dream is to be a midwife. Doing this course will help to set me up to go to university as a T Level is the equivalent to 3 A-levels and will gain me UCAS points and, even if I ended up not wanting to go to university, it would be a good start to getting myself an apprenticeship within the NHS.”

Dakota-Jade Read, student on Transition to T Level Health (Nurse Cadets)

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