T Levels

HSDC was chosen as the only College in Hampshire to bring you the first three T Levels; Construction, Digital and Education and Childcare, this September. We are also leading the way in education by 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.
  • This new qualification is a mixture of classroom learning and at least 45 days of on-the-job placements (315 hours), with an employer in the industry you are studying your T Level subject in.
  • It is a five day a week study programme. 80% of your time will be spent at College and 20% will be on 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.
  • It will be graded overall as a pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.

Chart describing where T Levels fit in terms of classroom and practicality in comparison to other qualifications

This next level qualfication 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

Having already launched T Levels in September 2020, South Downs Campus will soon be joined by Alton in offering a variety of T Levels from September 2021!

Alton Campus

Digital : IT Production, Design & Development – NEW for September 2021

Education & Childcare – NEW for September 2021

Health – Supporting the Adult Nursing Team – NEW for September 2021

South Downs Campus

Design, Surveying & Planning for Construction

Digital : IT Infrastructure – NEW for September 2021

Digital : Production, Design & Development

Education & Childcare

Health & Nursing – NEW for September 2021

Laboratory Science – NEW for September 2021

Medical & Healthcare Science – NEW for September 2021

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths. If you choose either Construction or Childcare & Education, you will also need a science-related GSCE at grade 4 or above. Contact our Admissions team if you have any queries about entry requirements.

The Transition Programme is an exciting new type of 16 – 19 study programme to provide you with support in progressing onto and succeeding on your chosen T Level.

The Transition Programme (also known as Pre-T Level) will be for you if you are not yet ready to start a T Level but have the potential to progress onto one following a preparation programme.

The Transition Programme is expected to be one full academic year and may be right for you if –

  • you are keen to progress onto studying a T Level but don’t quite hit the entry criteria
  • you need further support relating to pastoral or personal development needs that can be supported within the duration of the Transition Programme
  • you would benefit from the additional time the Transition Programme provides you to build your knowledge and skills in English and Maths, in order to achieve your Level 2
  • you learn better in a mainly classroom/workshop-based environment rather than the workplace

Transition Programmes that we currently offer –

Alton Campus

Early Years Practitioner for the Education & Childcare T Level

South Downs Campus

Applied Science for the Laboratory Science and Medical & Healthcare Science T Levels

Business for the Design, Surveying & Planning for Construction T Level

Digital : IT Fundamentals for the Digital Production, Design & Development T Level

Early Years Practitioner for the Education & Childcare T Level

Health & Social Care for the Health & Nursing T Level

The industry placement part of the T Level course will last between 45-60 days in total (at least 315 hours).  The exact length of the placement and when you’ll complete it depends on your chosen subject.

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 course 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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