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T-Level in Science (Laboratory Sciences)


Type: Full Time

Subject: T Levels

Level: 3

Start Date: 11 September 2023

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

2 Years


Level 3

Who is it for

This course is ideal for you if you wish to pursue a career in the Science industry. The purpose of the T Level (technical qualification), is to ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment, higher–level technical training or a university programme within the science sector.

This course offers you an attractive alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships. An industry–based work placement is required to run alongside your course, this must be a minimum of 315 hours and will further reinforce your newly learned skills and offer a true insight into the science industry.

What will I need

5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above, including grades 5 or above in English Language, maths and science.

What is covered

You will develop core skills and knowledge through the following topics:

• Working within the health and science sector
• General regulation and processes in health and science sector
• Health, safety and environmental regulations
• Managing information and data
• Ethics of science and how it influences the work undertaken by organisations
• Principles of good scientific and clinical practice
• Scientific methodology
• Experimental equipment and techniques
• Biology, Chemistry and Physics equivalent to A–level standard
• Practical skills including: Performing a range of appropriate scientific techniques. Plan, review, implement and suggest improvements, and Identify and resolve issues with scientific equipment or data errors

You will study utilising learning resources and materials such as:
• schemes of work
• tutor delivery guides
• classroom activities
• blended learning activities (eLearning)
• tutor delivery guides
• home study tasks

How is the course assessed

In the first year you will be expected to complete two core knowledge paper–based exams and an employer–set project which contains controlled assessments.

In the second year, you will complete an occupational specialism assessment to allow you to demonstrate your application of the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours required for the occupation.

What can this course lead to

Successful completion of this course accrues UCAS points and a number of major UK universities accept T Levels. Please see points achieved by grades below.

T Level Distinction* = 168 UCAS Tariff Points = A*A*A* at A Level
T Level Distinction = 144 UCAS Tariff Points = AAA at A Level
T Level Merit = 120 UCAS Tariff Points = BBB at A Level
T Level Pass (C or above) = 96 UCAS Tariff Points = CCC at A Level
T Level Pass (D or E) = 72 UCAS Tariff Points = DDD at A Level

Due to the high–level academic nature of the T–Level and the considerable industry placement element totalling a minimum of 315 hours, you will also have the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviours to successfully progress directly in to specialist area of the science industry, or you can progress on to an apprenticeship or higher level study.

Example job roles includes:
• Laboratory Technician
• Technical Support Scientist
• Laboratory Assistant
• Medical Laboratory Assistant
• Quality Control Laboratory Technician

Other details

Your T–Level will include an industry placement with an employer to develop the practical and technical skills required for the occupation.

We will support you in finding relevant work placements but you must demonstrate willingness to travel to your work placements.

These will last a minimum of 315 hours (around 45 days). Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a combination of the two.

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