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About these statistics
This publication provides a summary of the outcomes achieved by learners in receipt of results for a T Level in the academic year 2021/22. The first T Level courses started in September 2020 in the following subject areas:
Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
Digital Production, Design and Development
Education and Childcare
T Levels are new 2-year courses which are taken after GCSEs and are broadly equivalent in size to 3 A Levels. These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and education providers so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for entry into skilled employment, an apprenticeship or related technical study through further or higher education.
T Levels offer students practical and knowledge-based learning at a school or college and on-the-job experience.
Learners who have completed their T Level will receive a nationally recognised certificate which will show their overall grade and a breakdown of what they have achieved. This will include:
an overall grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*
a separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
a separate grade for each occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction
confirmation that they have completed an industry placement
The courses are available at selected colleges, schools and other providers across England. Information on which colleges, schools and other providers are offering T Levels is available on the T Levels website.
Please note that results are provisional, as appeals may still be underway which could result in changes to some individual grades and some partially achieving students are expected to complete their industry placement during summer 2022. Data are correct as of 8th August 2022. These statistics will be updated once finalised data is available towards the end of 2022.
A small number of learners whose gender was not provided are excluded from this analysis to protect confidentiality.
The coverage of these statistics is different to Ofqual data on T Level Technical Qualification (TQ) results, which only includes data for learners expected to complete their T Level programme in 2022, who have completed both the core component and occupational specialism. These statistics contain data on learners that have completed at least one T Level component, so includes some learners that have not completed both the core component and occupational specialism. Results may also differ slightly due to differences in data processing and rounding, and the timing of data collection.
Overall T Level grades are calculated by the Department from core component grades, occupational specialism grades and industry placement completion status according to rules set out in the T Levels action plan.
Across all subject areas combined, the Percentage of learners achieving a 'Pass' or above in their T Level was92.2%. 90.9% of males and 93.5% of females achieved a ‘Pass’ or above.
The pass rate in the three T Level subject areas were:
Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction - 93.7% achieved a ‘Pass’ or above
Digital Production, Design and Development - 89.7% achieved a ‘Pass’ or above
Education and Childcare - 93.4% achieved a ‘Pass’ or above
The overall pass rate for Digital Production, Design and Development learners (89.7%) was lower than for Education and Childcare (93.4%) and Design, Surveying and Planning (93.7%). This is related to the occupational specialism pass rate for Digital Production, Design and Development learners also being lower. As this is the first cohort of learners receiving T Level results, we cannot conclude the reasoning for these differences. The first cohort of T Level learners was relatively small, especially within individual pathways, and there is no historical data to compare to.
The gender split of learners was uneven for all three subject areas. For this reason users should take caution when making comparisons between the pass rates for males and females within or between T Level pathways.
The core component of a T Level is assessed through one or more written exams and an Employer Set Project, typically taken midway through the course. It is possible for learners to sit the core component assessment up to three times. Most students were entered for the core assessment in summer 2021, with Teacher Assessed Grades used in place of planned assessments. The data presented here includes the highest grade achieved for learners who have made more than one attempt at the assessment.
Across all subject areas combined, the percentage of learners achieving an 'E' or above in the core component assessment was 99.5% - for males this was 99.2% and for females 99.8%.
The pass rate was consistent across the three subject areas:
Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction - 98.6% achieved an ‘E’ or above
Digital Production, Design and Development - 99.7% achieved an ‘E’ or above
Education and Childcare - 99.8% achieved an ‘E’ or above
The occupational specialism component of a T Level is assessed through a practical project or assignments, typically taken at the end of the course.
Across all subject areas combined, the percentage of learners achieving a 'Pass' or above for their occupational specialism was 97.5% - for males this was95.7% and for females 99.2%.
The pass rate in the three subject areas were:
Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction - 99.0% achieved a ‘Pass’ or above
Digital Production, Design and Development - 94.5% achieved a ‘Pass’ or above
Education and Childcare - 98.9% achieved a ‘Pass’ or above
The occupational specialism pass rate for Digital Production, Design and Development learners (94.5%) was lower than for Education and Childcare (98.9%) and Design, Surveying and Planning (99.0%). For the reasons already stated in relation to overall results, we cannot conclude the reasoning for these differences.
The on-the-job training part of a T Level is achieved through an industry placement of at least 315 hours – approximately 45 days. Temporary flexibilities were introduced for the 2020 cohort of learners' industry placements, to recognise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Across all subject areas combined, the percentage of learners who completed an industry placement was 94.0% - for males this was 93.9% and for females 94.1%.
The completion rate was consistent across the three subject areas:
Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction - 94.2% completed a placement
Digital Production, Design and Development - 93.8% completed a placement
Education and Childcare - 94.0% completed a placement