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T Levels

HSDC was chosen as the only college in Hampshire in 2020, the launch year of this exciting qualification, to bring you the first three T Levels in Construction, Digital and Education & Childcare.

Now, with experience and innovation driving our curriculum, we have introduced further T Level options including Health & Nursing, Laboratory Science, Medical & Healthcare Science and Digital : IT Infrastructure. For those starting at HSDC in September 2023, there will be the opportunity to study new courses such as Business & Management, Engineering & Manufacturing and Finance.

Alton T Levels

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South Downs T Levels

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You now have the choice between studying T Levels, A Levels, a Vocational course or taking an Apprenticeship route when you leave school, therefore, we’re here 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 meet the needs of the industry and prepare you for the world of work
  • It will be graded overall as a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*


For more information click here – The Parents’ Guide to T Levels 

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

This next level qualification might be right for you if you –

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

Since launching T Levels in September 2020, HSDC is bringing you even more choice…

Alton Campus

Design Surveying & Planning For Construction

Business Management & Administration

Media Content Creation & Production

Education & Childcare

Health & Nursing

Digital Production, Design & Development

Engineering, Design And Development (Mechanical Engineering)

Maintenance, Installation & Repair (Light & Electric Vehicles)

South Downs Campus

Animal Care & Management

Biomedical & Healthcare Science

Business & Management

Design, Surveying & Planning for Construction

Digital : IT Production, Design & Development

Digital : IT Support Services & Infrastructure

Education & Childcare

Engineering & Manufacturing – Design & Development

Health & Nursing

Law & Legal Services

Media Content Creation & production

Maintenance, Installation & Repair (Light & Electric Vehicles)

HSDC has been awarded funding over the last couple of years to invest in bringing industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities to T Level students for their learning environments.

Nursing at South Downs

South Downs students studying nursing and healthcare-related courses will benefit from a number of different learning environments including a hospital ward featuring patient simulators, laboratory rooms, IT rooms and a mocked-up apartment for community home care.

Education & Childcare at South Downs

Digital at Alton

Digital at South Downs

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics. Please visit the individual courses pages for specific entry requirements for the course you are interested in or contact our Student Recruitment 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.

Also known as ‘Pre-T Level’, the Transition Programme 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
  • need further support relating to pastoral or personal development needs that can be supported within the duration of the Transition Programme
  • would benefit from the additional time the Transition Programme provides you to build your knowledge and skills in English and Mathematics, in order to achieve your Level 2
  • learn better in a mainly classroom/workshop-based environment rather than the workplace

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 however 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, who has previously worked with HSDC, 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 the completion of your T Level, there will be a number of options for you to consider, for instance, skilled employment, a higher apprenticeship or higher education.


Your industry placement is an ideal opportunity for you to showcase your skills and knowledge. Therefore, 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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