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T Levels are a Level 3 qualification that combine theory and practical learning with an industry placement of 45 days. They have been developed in collaboration with employers to ensure the content meets the needs of industry to prepare students for work. A T Level is equivalent to three A Levels.

What makes T Levels different?

Experience with a real employer in a real workplace allows you to apply the skills and knowledge you learn in the classroom to the job, giving you a taste of the world of work you expect once you complete your studies. Around 80% of your time will be spent at College with the remaining 20% being spent at your placement. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom.

New T Levels are being introduced every year with current subject specialisations including Business and Law, Computing and IT, Construction, Engineering, Education, Health and Childcare and Science.

T Levels will be of particular interest to students thinking about employment or a higher-level Apprenticeship on completion. They are highly respected as a recognised vocational equivalent to three A Levels for progression to higher education.

Click above to watch our film about studying T Levels at Truro and Penwith College and what to expect from your course.


100% pass rate on all T Levels.


62% of T Level students achieved a Distinction, nearly double the national average.


929 students at the College secured their chosen university place. Our university offer rate was a massive 15% above the national average.


240 College students received Russell Group acceptances. 15% above the national average for students securing Russell Group offers.

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My ambition is to become a site manager and I believe the T Level has really enabled this to become a reality.

Jack - T Level Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning

how long is it?

A T Level is a full-time, two-year course for School Leavers.

What do I need?

You'll need a GCSE in English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, a GCSE in Maths at Grade 4 and two other GCSEs at Grade 4 (including Combined Science for Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning) or Level 2 Diploma in an appropriate subject (Merit).

where will it take me?

T Levels are specifically designed with leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need to enter the world of work after College.

When you pass your T Level, you will get a nationally recognised certificate showing the overall grade you achieved - Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. It will also give details of what you learned on the course to help you move into skilled employment or a higher Apprenticeship.

Your T Level will be worth UCAS points - a T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A Levels at A*.

They can lead to many careers across their respective sectors but will also allow students to progress onto higher education and are particularly suited for progression onto a higher-level Apprenticeship.

our stories

Ellie’s Story

Ellie studied T Level Health to get experience and classroom study time in the sector she wanted to work in. She has now gone straight into employment after finishing her qualification.
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A photo of Jasmine outside smiling at the camera. She studied T Level health.

Jasmine’s Story

When Jasmine learned about the T Level and the opportunities it provided for work experience, she transferred onto the T Level Health course and didn't look back.
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Chloe’s Story

Chloe chose T Levels in order to gain practical, real-world experience in a primary school setting, alongside her studies.
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Kynan - T Level Construction

Kynan’s Story

After studying a T Level, Kynan secured a job within the construction industry and would like to progress to higher education.
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Young male student wearing a blue shirt and has curly brown hair is standing in front of his landscape paintings.

Oli’s Story – Art & Design

After achieving top marks in his Art and Design Diploma at Penwith College, Oli is ready to enter the film industry with his upcoming documentary in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. His background in surfing and photography, along with his academic success at College, has empowered him to pursue this ambitious project.
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Caley – BSc (Hons) Applied Computing Technologies

Caley, from Newquay, is the first girl to complete the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing Technologies degree at the University Centre, achieving First Class Honours.
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Jowan’s Story – Sport and Exercise Science

Jowan has just finished his BTEC Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science course and has secured his place at University of Gloucestershire with the support of Penwith College helping him to go further.
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Aaron’s Story – Uniformed Protective Services

With a passion for military police, Aaron studied the perfect course at Penwith College to secure his dream career.
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Attending an Open Event is a great opportunity to explore the campus, see our specialist facilities and speak to our teaching staff.

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I wanted to do a T Level because of the opportunity to do a large placement, which really excited me, and doing that will get me to where I want to be after College.

Aimee - T Level Health

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