Which Universities Accept T-Levels?

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In comparison to other level 3 qualifications, such as A-Levels, Highers or BTECs, T-Levels are relatively new qualifications. Due to this, it can lead to much more questions about how qualifications like this are viewed and what kind of future prospects they give you. This is particularly the case when it comes to looking at universities as universities will often have rather specific entry requirements that their applicants will need to meet.

In short, 138 universities and other higher education providers in the UK have said that they will accept T-Level qualifications for at least one of their degree courses. This includes high profile universities, such as some of the Russell Group universities, including, Cardiff University, Newcastle University, the University of Bristol, University College London (UCL) and the University of York as well as some others.

Continue reading to learn more about which universities actually accept T-Level qualifications, including what the conditions might be, what courses this is for and what types of T-Levels are accepted. This article will take you through all these details and more to answer all your burning questions.

Can you go to university with T-Levels?

T-Level qualifications were only introduced in September 2020, as 2-year courses, the first examination year was only in 2022. Due to this, as of 2023, T-Levels are still quite new qualifications and as a result many universities might still be rather dubious about T-Levels due to the nature of these programmes.

First of all, as T-Levels are vocational courses that are aimed at preparing students for the workplace, universities might not see T-Levels as being suitable to prepare students for a university course. Despite this, there are many universities that do accept students with T-Level qualifications, so yes you can go to university with T-Levels.

You can learn more about this by checking out this Think Student article.

Which universities accept T-Levels?

Now that we’ve established that you can get into university with T-Level qualifications, let’s delve into, which universities you will actually be able to go to with these. As of September 2023, 138 universities and other higher education providers in the UK have said that they will accept students, who have done T-Levels on at least one of their courses.

These higher education providers are as follows.

  1. Abertay University
  2. Aberystwyth University
  3. Anglia Ruskin University
  4. Askham Bryan College
  5. Aston University
  6. Bangor University
  7. Barnsley College
  8. Bath Spa University
  9. Birmingham City University
  10. Birkbeck, University of London
  11. Bishop Burton College
  12. Bishop Grosseteste University
  13. Black Country and the Marches Institute of Technology
  14. Blackpool and The Fylde College
  15. Bournemouth University
  16. Brunel University London
  17. Buckinghamshire New University
  18. Bury College University Centre
  19. Canterbury Christ Church University
  20. Cardiff Metropolitan University
  21. Cardiff University
  22. Chester University
  23. City College Plymouth
  24. City of Liverpool College
  25. Coventry University
  26. Craven College
  27. De Montfort University
  28. East Surrey College
  29. East Sussex College Group
  30. Edge Hill University
  31. Edinburgh Napier University
  32. Education Partnership North East
  33. Falmouth University
  34. Goldsmiths, University of London
  35. Grantham College
  36. Greenwich University
  37. Hartpury University
  38. Keele University
  39. Kingston University
  40. Lancaster University
  41. Leeds Beckett University
  42. Leeds Trinity University
  43. Lincoln College
  44. Liverpool Hope University
  45. Liverpool John Moores University
  46. London South Bank University
  47. London South East Education Group
  48. Loughborough University
  49. Manchester Metropolitan University
  50. Middlesbrough College
  51. Middlesex University
  52. NCG
  53. Nelson and Colne College Group
  54. New College of the Humanities
  55. Newcastle University
  56. New College Durham University Centre
  57. Newman University
  58. New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering
  59. Northumbria University
  60. Nottingham Trent University
  61. Oxford Brookes University
  62. Plymouth Marjon University
  63. Roehampton University
  64. Royal Academy of Music
  65. Selby College
  66. Solihull College & University Centre
  67. South Central Institute of Technology
  68. South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
  69. South & City College Birmingham
  70. Southampton Solent University
  71. Sheffield Hallam University
  72. Staffordshire University
  73. St Mary’s University Twickenham
  74. Swansea University
  75. TEC Partnership
  76. Teesside University
  77. The Open University
  78. UCEN Manchester
  79. University Campus of Football Business
  80. University Centre Farnborough
  81. University Centre Reaseheath
  82. University Centre Weston
  83. University College Birmingham
  84. University of Bath
  85. University of Bedfordshire
  86. University of Birmingham
  87. University of Bolton
  88. University of Bradford
  89. University of Brighton
  90. University of Bristol
  91. University of Central Lancashire
  92. University College London
  93. University of Chichester
  94. University of Cumbria
  95. University of Derby
  96. University of East Anglia
  97. University of East London
  98. University of Essex
  99. University of Exeter
  100. University of Gloucestershire
  101. University of Hertfordshire
  102. University of Huddersfield
  103. University of Hull
  104. University of Kent
  105. University of Law
  106. University of Leicester
  107. University of Leeds
  108. University of Lincoln
  109. University of Liverpool
  110. University of Manchester
  111. University of Northampton
  112. University of Nottingham
  113. University of Plymouth
  114. University of Portsmouth
  115. University of Reading
  116. University of Salford
  117. University of Sheffield
  118. University of South Wales
  119. University of Southampton
  120. University of Suffolk
  121. University of Sunderland
  122. University of the Arts London
  123. University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  124. University of Warwick
  125. University of West England
  126. University of West London
  127. University of Westminster
  128. University of Winchester
  129. University of Wolverhampton
  130. University of Worcester
  131. University of York
  132. Wakefield College
  133. Warwickshire College University Centre
  134. Wrexham Glyndwr University
  135. Writtle University College
  136. Yeovil College University Centre
  137. York College
  138. York St John University

You can learn more about these by checking out this page on the government website.

To put this figure into perspective, according to Statista, there were 295 higher education providers in the UK. You can learn more about this by checking out this page on the Statista website.

Do Russell Group universities accept T-Levels?

The Russell Group universities are often seen as more prestigious and at times may even be considered better universities than other universities in the UK. This group of 24 universities all have a particular focus on global research. To learn more about the Russell Group, check out this Think Student article.

They are also often regarded as the best universities in the UK. This is particularly due to said focus on research as well as being able to provide students with more opportunities and due to their prestigiousness, which may make graduates more attractive to employers. You can learn more about the Russell Group universities and whether they really are the best in this Think Student article.

Due to this level of prestigiousness and more academic approach, you might feel that Russell Group universities will be more against accepting students with T-Level qualifications. This is particularly as it can seem as though their academic programmes may not line up with the more vocational T-Level qualifications.

However, some Russell Group universities do accept T-Level qualifications. The best way to look at this is to cross reference the list of Russell Group universities with the list of higher education providers that do accept T-Levels.

The universities included in the Russell Group are as follows.

  1. University of Birmingham
  2. University of Bristol
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. Cardiff University
  5. Durham University
  6. University of Edinburgh
  7. University of Exeter
  8. University of Glasgow
  9. Imperial College London
  10. King’s College London
  11. University of Leeds
  12. University of Liverpool
  13. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  14. University of Manchester
  15. University of Newcastle
  16. University of Nottingham
  17. University of Oxford
  18. Queen Mary University of London
  19. Queen’s University Belfast
  20. University of Sheffield
  21. University of Southampton
  22. University College London (UCL)
  23. University of Warwick
  24. University of York

You can learn more about these by checking out this page on the Russell Group website.

The 14 universities that accept T-Levels for at least one course out of the Russell Group from the list above are as follows.

  1. Cardiff University
  2. Newcastle University
  3. University of Birmingham
  4. University of Bristol
  5. University College London
  6. University of Exeter
  7. University of Leeds
  8. University of Liverpool
  9. University of Manchester
  10. University of Nottingham
  11. University of Sheffield
  12. University of Southampton
  13. University of Warwick
  14. University of York

Does Oxbridge accept T-Levels?

Neither the University of Oxford nor the University of Cambridge accept students with T-Level qualifications. The University of Oxford flat out states that they don’t accept T-Levels as they don’t see them as an adequate form preparation for their university degree programmes. You can learn more about this on the University of Oxford’s website here.

Whereas, the University of Cambridge says that T-Levels aren’t accepted for undergraduate study. However, they do say that they might consider T-Level students for foundation year programmes. You can learn more about this by looking at this page on the University of Cambridge website.

The term Oxbridge refers to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. These 2 universities are the most prestigious universities in the UK and arguably the best, particularly according to many university rankings.

They are also among the best and most prestigious universities in the world and can be particularly compared to the American Ivy League universities, such as Harvard University. You can learn more about how the University of Oxford compares to Harvard University by checking out this Think Student article.

As well as being some of the best and most prestigious universities in the world, they are also notoriously difficult to get into. Due to this, the question on whether the Oxbridge universities accept T-Levels is even more pressing. For more on just how hard it is to get into the Oxbridge universities, check out this Think Student article.

Does UCAS accept T-Levels?

In order to apply to university for an undergraduate level course, students will typically need to apply through UCAS. For the UCAS application, students will then have up to 5 choices of what they want to study and where.

In their UCAS application, students will need to fill in their personal details; get references, typically from their sixth form or college and write a personal statement explaining why they want to be on that course.

As a part of their application, students will also need to write down their academic history, this will particularly focus on stating all of their qualifications and the grades they got for these. This includes any qualifications that they are still studying, in this case, predicted grades will be added to their application.

To learn more about how the UCAS application works, check out this guide on the UCAS website.

While T-Levels are slightly different to other post-16 qualifications, such as A-Levels, as already mentioned, students can get into university with T-Levels. As there is no special application process for T-Level students, this by extension means that UCAS does accept T-Levels.

This also means that T-Level students will still need to go through the same application process when applying to university. You can learn more about what UCAS says about T-Levels by checking out this guide on the UCAS website.

How many UCAS points is a T-Level?

When it comes to applying through UCAS, another important thing to consider is UCAS points. Some universities solely use UCAS points as a way of setting their entry requirements and even though not all do, they can still be useful in looking out how different qualifications and their grades compare to one another.

As level 3 qualifications, in the same way that A-Levels and Highers are, yes, T-Levels have been attributed UCAS points. T-Level qualifications are worth 3 A-Levels and their UCAS Tariff point values reflect this.

Look at the following table to see how many UCAS points each T-Level grade is worth, this will be in comparison to the equivalent A-Level grade to help you understand it better.

T-Level grade UCAS Tariff Points A-Level grade
Distinction* (A* on core and
distinction in the occupational

specialism)

168 A*AA
Distinction 144 AAA
Merit 120 BBB
Pass (C or above on core subject) 96 CCC
Pass (D or above on core subject) 72 DDD

To learn more about how many UCAS points you can get for each grade for a T-Level qualification, check out this Think Student article.

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