BTEC Qualifications and T-levels

Department for Education written question – answered on 21st September 2022.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students began but did not complete each (a) BTEC and (b) T Level course, broken down by institution and course, in 2021-22.

Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In 2021, the department published the number of students that began a T Level in 2021, which is approximately 5,450. Further information is available at:

The number of students by each T Level route is approximately:

  • 1,150 on Construction T Levels.
  • 1,200 on Digital T Levels.
  • 1,500 on Education and Childcare T Level.
  • 1,600 on Health and Science T Levels.

The department will publish more detailed figures in the 2022 T Level Action Plan in due course.

The department has published official data on 16 to 18 year olds’ participation, which includes T Level student numbers. This is accessible at: This data is not available at institution level. However, the department also publishes data on 16-19 funding allocations at institution level. This can be found at:

Information on learner completions is provided to the department from schools and colleges through the Individualised Learner Record or School Census returns by the January following each academic year. Therefore, the department is currently unable to provide information on student retention or completions for 2021/22.

Information on BTEC student numbers by course is provided in the attachment.

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