Following the Sainsbury review on further and technical education, the Post 16 Skills plan is already under-way with developments being made for the introduction of T-Levels. The reform seeks to ensure that young people have access to quality, relevant vocational routes that are aligned to industry need and standards, ensuring that young people can access the most suitable progression pathways for their chosen careers.

The new technical education routes will offer 15 pathways at Level 3, with full roll-out expected by 2023. These 2 year technical courses will provide a mixture of:

  • practical skills and knowledge specific to their chosen industry or occupation
  • at least 45 days’ work placement in their chosen industry or occupation
  • core English, maths and digital skills
  • transferable skills to use in the workplace

T-Levels will be taught across 11 of the pathways, with the remaining 4 delivered as an Apprenticeship. The 15 industry routes are:

Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care

Business and Administrative

Catering and Hospitality

Childcare and Education


Creative and Design


Engineering and Manufacturing

Hair and Beauty

Health and Science

Legal, Finance and Accounting

Protective Services (Apprenticeship)

Sales, Marketing and Procurement (Apprenticeship)

Social Care (Apprenticeship)

Transport and Logistics (Apprenticeship)

After successful completion, learners will be able to choose between moving into a skilled occupation or further study, for example, a higher or degree level apprenticeship, or higher level technical study, including higher education.

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) will, in 2018, begin to take on responsibilities from the Department for Education (DfE) for technical education and administering the new T level qualifications, and is expected to become IfATE next year (Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education).

A-Levels will continue to equip learners on the ‘academic’ route, with T-Levels and technical education replacing Study Programmes. It is anticipated that other vocational qualifications such as Applied Generals will be phased-out over time, but that Traineeships will still be available.

The Department for Education (DfE) announced in May 52 providers who will be the first to deliver T-levels in 2020 in Childcare and Education, Construction, and Digital. You can read more about the implementation and next steps here

This section will be updated as accordingly with updates and developments.