T Level funding rules: information for providers
T Levels have been introduced to provide young people with an alternative to apprenticeships or A Levels. They’re expected to be a very popular option with students, and 100s of providers have already signed up to deliver T Levels.
How are T Levels funded?
T Levels are funded in a similar way to 16-19 study programmes, but the funding bands are higher to reflect the length and complexity of the programmes. Providers also receive funding for industry placements (£550 per learner), English and maths (£750 per subject, per learner) and disadvantaged learners.
What are the T Level funding bands?
T Levels include more teaching hours and are more structured than study programmes, so the funding bands are higher. The T Level funding bands are 4 extra bands added ‘above’ the existing 5 bands – band 6 (small T Levels) to band 9 (very large T Levels).
Band 6 – small T Levels
- Average of 1250 planned hours
- 1100 minimum planned hours
Band 7 – medium T Levels
- Average of 1450 planned hours
- 1300 minimum planned hours
Band 8 – large T Levels
- Average 1600 planned hours
- 1500 minimum planned hours
Band 9 – very large T Levels
- Average 1750 planned hours
- 1650 minimum planned hours
Which T Levels are small, medium, large or very large?
The ‘size’ of the T Level, and therefore the funding band, is dictated by the amount of planned hours – not the complexity or cost of the training. This means T Levels that have a longer programme length are in a higher funding band than shorter programmes, such as:
- Building services design = funding band 7
- Assisting teaching = funding band 6
Updated programme cost weightings
Some T Levels are more expensive to deliver than others, so funding can be increased according to the programme’s cost weighting. There are now 6 different weightings instead of 4: base (1.0), low (1.1), medium (1.2), high (1.3), very high (1.4) and specialist (1.75).
Each T Level has its own weighting which is used in the T Level funding formula.
Similarly to the 16-19 study programmes, there are many different components to the T Level funding formula. The formula still takes into account things like student numbers, retention factor, English and maths, disadvantage funding and programme cost weightings to calculate the exact funding allocation for each T Level.
To find out exactly how T Level funding is calculated, download your free funding formula diagram. It covers all the components in the formula, what they mean and how you can calculate T Level funding for each programme.
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