What is the difference between the new T-Levels and BTECs?

T levels stand for ‘Technical Levels’; Qualifications designed to meet industry demands

They are the new vocational qualifications introduced by the government to meet the demands of various industries that require a highly skilled and practical workforce. The main reason they have come about is to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to enter employment within industries such as engineering, it, construction, health and more. T-levels have longer periods of time in actual work experience because employers said young people need more experience.

The difference between T-levels and BTECs is the longer period of industry placement or work experience which is usually up to 3 months which forms part of T-levels. They are aimed at students who are clear about the career path they want to follow. The course combines in-class study and a long work placement. T-levels are advanced level 3 courses equivalent to 3 A-levels.

BTECs have a shorter work placement period (usually 2 weeks). BTECs are also advanced level 3 courses equivalent to 3 A-levels. They are mainly focused on developing key skills during practical work in class at college. As with T-levels you would choose to do a BTEC study programme in an area that you would like a career in e.g. engineering, science, health & social care, art/architecture, business and management/law, media, sport, I.T., Early Years/Education and more.


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