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Havant & South Downs College has been chosen as the only College in Hampshire to bring you the first three T Levels; Construction, Digital and Education and Childcare. HSDC will be leading the way in education by also being the only College in Hampshire to provide you with the opportunity to study the eagerly awaited Construction T Level!

From September 2020 you will have the choice between studying T Levels, A Levels, a vocational course or taking an apprenticeship route. We want to help you decide whether this next level qualification is right for you.

  • T Levels will follow GCSEs and will be the equivalent to three A Levels.
  • They also take the same time to complete as A Levels, meaning you will have your T Level qualification after two years.
  • T Levels are a mixture of classroom learning and at least 45 days of on-the-job placements, with an employer in the industry you are studying your T Level subject in. 80% of your time will be spent at College and 20% will be on your placement.
  • They have been designed with employers and businesses to make sure the qualifications meets the needs of the industry and prepares you for the world of work.
  • The T Level qualification will be graded overall as a pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.

T Levels might be right for you if –

  • you have just finished your GCSEs
  • you want to get into a skilled job
  • you like a mixture of classroom and practical learning
  • you want the knowledge, skills and experience to get the job you want
  • you are interested in spending time with employers to try out different job roles

From September 2020, HSDC will be the only College in the region to provide you with the opportunity to study all three new T Levels.

Construction – Design, Surveying & Planning 

Education & Childcare

Digital – Digital Production, Design & Development

Further T Levels will be launching in 2021 –


  • Business Services
  • Support & Services


  • Science
  • Health
  • Healthcare Science

Keep an eye out for more information on these upcoming T Levels in the near future!

The industry placement part of the T Level course will last between 45-60 days in total.  The exact length of the placement and when you’ll complete it, depends on your chosen T Level.

Placements can be taken as a ‘block’ or as individual days. It varies depending on your chosen industry, course and what works best for you and the College.

Employers are excited to open their doors to T Level students. Harwin, an employer that already takes on student placements with HSDC as part of the Harwin Academy, had this to say about the value of placements –

The combination of work experience and academic instruction has definitely strengthened their passion for engineering and has given both student and Harwin a great insight into a future working relationship.

 – Gayle Taylor

Following completion of your T Level, there will be a number of options for you to consider such as skilled employment, a higher apprenticeship or higher education.


Your industry placement is an ideal opportunity for you to showcase your skills and and knowledge. If the employer likes what they see, they may even want to offer you employment once your T Level is over!

Higher Apprenticeship

Completing your T Level is a great way to help you go on to a Higher Apprenticeship. If you impress the employer at your industry placement, they may even want to take you on as an apprentice through a Higher Apprenticeship.

How will this contribute towards a university application?

You must achieve at least an overall pass grade to receive UCAS points for any university applications.

UCAS tariff points T Level overall grade A level
168 Distinction* (A* on the core and distinction in the occupational specialism) AAA*
144 Distinction AAA
120 Merit BBB
96 Pass (C or above on the core) CCC
72 Pass (D or E on the core) DDD


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