Bitesize Guide to A-Levels and T-Levels


Bitesize Guide to A-Levels and T-Levels


How much do you know about A-Levels and the newly introduced T-Levels? How long do they last? How many UCAS points are they worth? Which is right for you?

Before considering whether heading off to college or sixth form to study A-Levels and T-Levels, you need to know the facts about what these types of qualifications involve – from the subjects on offer to how they are assessed.



Bitesize Video | 5 Minute Guide to A-Levels and T-Levels


Most people are familiar with A-Levels. They’re a really popular choice for study after GCSEs and you’ll likely know someone you can ask about their experience of completing them. T-Levels however, are relatively new and only launched in September 2020. This is their second year running and there’s now lots more subjects on offer and more places you can study them.

Both A-Levels and T-Levels are Level 3 qualifications that you study for 2 years and have an exam at the end. They’re a good choice if you have a subject (or subjects) that you’re good at or if you know what you want to do for a career and these qualifications are required to help you progress to that next step.

But what’s the difference between A-Levels and T-Levels? Take a look at our bitesize video to find out more.



Did you know that a T-Level is equivalent to 3 A-Levels? And that both types of qualifications convert into UCAS Points? UCAS points are a way of converting all the different grades from qualifications around the world into points.

Higher education courses, like degrees or degree apprenticeships, then state how many points you need to meet the entry requirements. It’s a good idea to check these before you start your studies so you know what minimum grade you’ll need to achieve to go on to further study once you’ve finished.



Test your knowledge with our Mini Quizlet on A-Levels and T-Levels


Think you've got it sussed? Check your knowledge with our Mini Quizlet featuring 10 quick questions all about A-Levels and T-Levels, industrial placements, methods of study and how to choose which pathways is right for you.

Can you do an A-Level if you’ve not studied it at GCSE? Do T-Levels give you enough UCAS points to study a degree on their own? Watch our quizlet video below to see how much you know..



Harder than you thought? Knowing about different pathways to study after you finish your GCSEs and the differences between them is really important to help you make the right decision. Whilst it may seem like an ‘easy’ option to simply continue studying the subjects you’re good at, A-Levels involve far more in-depth study, require exams (that you may not have had to do for a while!) and can narrow your options if you’ve not done your research first.

It’s also important to find out about local providers of A-Levels and T-Levels. Take a look at our guide to Studying A-Levels and T-Levels at College and Sixth Form to find out about the different providers locally and what they have to offer.



Lesson Plan and A-Levels & T-Levels Presentation


Looking for the answers to our quizlet? Download our PDF / presentation slides on A-Levels and T-Levels to reveal the correct answer to our Mini Quizlet together with a range of additional facts about studying A-Levels and T-Levels, local colleges and sixth forms, and how to apply.



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Looking for more? Download our Lesson Plan to find extension activities, learning outcomes and follow-up tasks to build your knowledge of studying A-Levels and T-Levels in Stockport.



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Individual Activities and Group Challenges


Now you understand more about what A-Levels and T-Levels, you can start thinking about which might be right for you, where they could take you and how to apply for them! To help you get started, we've created an Individual Activity and Group Challenges to start conversations and spark ideas.


Individual Activity

To study A-Levels or T-Levels at college or sixth form, you'll need to complete an Application Form. This will include key information about you, your studies so far, your course choice, support needs, skills and aspirations. To find out what you'll need to include, take a look at our factsheet and complete a practice application form for college.

Complete a sample college application form


Group Activity

Still not sure on the difference between an A-Level or T-Level? Not sure which subject to study? Need help deciding which path is right for you? Take our A-Level and T-Level Flashcard Challenge and complete a range of activities to test your knowledge and help you make the right decision.

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