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T-Levels

T-Levels are new, two-year study programmes aimed at 16-18 year olds.

Trailblaze with T-Levels

  • On-the-job training with industry placements
  • High level qualification
  • Developed with employers to prepare you for work
  • Progress to to university or employment

As an NCD student you will also benefit from:

  • Strong employer links so you can get straight into an industry placement
  • Training in our industry standard classrooms and relaxing in our onsite Starbucks and Costa
  • Exclusive NCD rewards, including a free bus pass, print credits and welcome pack

  pdf Download our T-Level course guide (1.61 MB)

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  • How are T-Levels different?

     

    It is the unique mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience that makes T-Levels special.

    80% of your time will be spent in the classroom with 20% on work-based placements.

    Placements can be block, day release or a mix of these.

    Learn more in our  pdf T-Levels Mini Guide (1.61 MB)

  • What level is the qualification?

    These are Level 3 programmes which follow on from GCSEs.

    One T-Level is the equivalent to three A-Levels.

  • What qualification will I get?

    You will get a nationally recognised certificate showing an overall grade of pass, merit or distinction.

  • Will Universities accept T-Levels?

    Yes over 140 higher education providers will accept T-Levels. You can find the most up-to-date list of providers on .

  • UCAS Tariff for T-Levels

    Download our guide of institutions that accept T-Levels and UCAS Tariff points 

    UCAS Tariff points

    T Level overall grade

    A-Level grades

    168

    Distinction*

    A*A*A*

    144

    Distinction

    AAA

    120

    Merit

    BBB

    96

    Pass (C or above on the core)

    CCC

    72

    Pass (D or E on the core)

    DDD

  • How can I progress?

    T-Levels can lead to skilled employment, further study or higher apprenticeships.

    As they have been allocated UCAS tariff points, they can also provide entry to university.

  • Which subjects can I study?

    NCD will deliver T-Levels in a wide range of areas, such as:

    • Construction (Civil Engineering)
    • Construction (Design, Surveying and Planning)
    • Design & Development (Mechanical Engineering)
    • Design & Development (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
    • Digital Cyber Security
    • Digital Production, Design and Development
    • Early Years
    • Laboratory Science
    • Media, Broadcast and Production
    • Supporting Healthcare
    • Team Leadership and Management

  • What happens if I’m not quite ready for a T-Level or I don’t get the required grades?

    If you are not quite ready to enter directly on to a T-Level after GCSEs, or don’t get the grades you were expecting, then don’t worry. A tailored transition year will be available, designed to help you gain the necessary knowledge, skills and qualifications to progress on to your chosen T-Level. This option will be discussed with you at your interview.

  • Hear more about the industry placements from students

    What are the benefits of taking part in an industry placement?

    • Build and develop your technical skills, increasing your ability to progress into skilled employment.
    • Further develop your communication skills, teamwork and problem solving.
    • Gain deeper knowledge of the running of a business and general commercial principles.
    • Step out of your comfort zone, build confidence and learn about yourself. Identify your strengths and preferences for future career options.
    • Build a valuable working relationship with an employer and grow your network in the industry.

    Digital Production, Design and Development - Stan's story

    Education and Childcare - Bethany's story

    Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction - Tom's story

  • How can I apply?

    You can apply to our T-Levels online. Apply now for September.

    Or come along to one of our Information & Advice Events to meet the T-Levels team.

    Pre-register for our next event 

We invest in your future by investing in our facilities

North East Institute of Technology

As the lead for the North East Institute of Technology, we invested £8million in our Institute of Technology Centre to provide you with world-class facilities for studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in the Institute of Technology. 

NCD continues to deliver industry standard teaching by investing to improve facilities to meet the needs of the local and regional economy. We invested a further £1million in the space to provide you with the most up-to-date building information modelling (BIM) equipment and manufacturing robotics technology.

The purpose-built centre houses the following facilities for our T-Level students:

  • 3D model creation software
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Design suite
  • Mitsubishi robotic arms
  • STEM classrooms
  • Virtual reality active wall studio

Technical & Higher Education Hub (T.H.E. Hub)

The new £11million facility, T.H.E. Hub, brings our T-Levels subjects to life in the most cutting edge learning environments.

Our exciting immersive suite will allow T-Level students to be transported into real-life environments and situations to add new dimensions to learning.

T.H.E. Hub houses the following specialist T-Level teaching environments:

  • CISCO network room
  • Collaboration space
  • Cyber security lab
  • Dental surgery
  • Early years foundation stage nursery
  • esports tournament arena 
  • Hospital ward simulation suite
  • Immersive facility
  • Optical care room
  • Science lab
  • Sensory room
  • Sports lab