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T Levels

A brand new 2-year qualification, equivalent to three A-Levels!

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 2 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 percent of your time in high-standard technical classrooms & workshops at Lakes College, working alongside industry experts and professionals.

The remaining 20 percent 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.

Courses We Offer

From construction to health, we have something for everyone here at Lakes College.

View our subject areas below and read more about each one:


The T Level in Business is an exciting 2-year programme, developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry.

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You will study one of three courses. Onsite Construction (brickwork, carpentry and joinery); Building Services (electrical and plumbing); or Design, Surveying and Planning.

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This course is suitable for anyone hoping for a career in software production and design.

Education and Childcare

This is an ideal course for those who dream of a career in early years education, childcare or teaching assistant, Roles which students can progress into include nursery worker, teaching assistant, learning mentor, special educational needs teaching assistant.


This course is suitable for anyone interested in a career in maintenance, installation and repair for engineering and manufacturing. Career options might include working as an engineering technician.

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.


The Science T Level pathway focusses on Laboratory Sciences and includes the following course content: Foundation knowledge of biology and chemistry; analytic biology; analytic chemistry; essential skill; mathematics; health and safety in science; employability and careers.

Ready to apply?

We’ve made our application process easier than ever, and have a dedicated team who are happy to help if you get stuck along the way.

Click here to apply for one of our T Level courses!

If you have any questions or issues regarding the application process, feel free to contact us:

  • 01946 839300

Alternatively, click here to access our ‘How To Apply’ page– containing further info & frequently asked questions about our application process.

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 apply now for a T Level course starting in September 2022. 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.

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