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What is the T Level Transition Programme?

The T Level Transition Programme is a new type of study programme, specifically designed to develop the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours to support progression onto, and success on, a T Level. 

Who is the T Level Transition Programme for?

It is targeted at students who are keen but not yet ready to start a T Level at age 16, but have the potential to progress onto one following a tailored preparation programme. 

It is available to students aged 16 to 19 and for young people with Education, Health and Care Plans, up to age 24.

How long is the T Level Transition Programme?

The T Level Transition Programme should be delivered as full or part time study. In most instances, it will be a full-time study programme lasting up to one standard academic year.

What is the content of the T Level Transition Programme?

The T Level Transition Programme consists of 5 core components which are tailored to the needs of individual students:

  1. Diagnostic guidance period
  2. English and maths
  3. Work experience and preparation
  4. Introductory technical skills
  5. Pastoral support and personal development

Find out more about the T Level Transition Programme content in the T Level Transition Programme delivery framework for 2020 to 2021 on GOV.UK.

Which providers are delivering the T Level Transition Programme?

We are taking a phased approach to implementing the T Level Transition Programme so that we can develop and share good practice to make it as innovative and effective as possible. 

You can see a list of the providers selected to deliver the T Level Transition Programme on GOV.UK.

What support is available for providers?

We have appointed the Association of Colleges (AoC) to support T Level Transition Programme providers in their preparations and delivery, including through opportunities to network and share experiences through national events and peer learning. They are also pulling together emerging good practice to support national implementation.

We have also published the T Level Transition Programme delivery framework 2020 to 2021 for providers. This sets out information and expectations for how the programme should be delivered in the academic year 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022.

Will the 2020 T Level providers receive additional funds to deliver the T Level Transition Programme?

In recognition of the additional costs associated with providers participating in the early phases of development and implementation of the T Level Transition Programme and engaging with the department on this, we have allocated an additional one-off payment of £20,000 to each provider delivering it for the first time in the 2020 to 2021 or 2021 to 2022 academic years. 

Find out more about funding for the T Level Transition Programme on GOV.UK.