T level in Healthcare Science
T-Level • Level 3
About the course
T levels are new qualifications that are equivalent to 3 A levels and are designed to provide an alternative vocational option for those aspiring to a career in health and science. They aim to provide an abundance of knowledge of fundamental scientific principles such as physics, chemistry, biology and anatomy & physiology, as well as learning industry specific skills such as infection control and what it is like to work within the health and science sector. Studying a T level in health and science will help to develop skills and professional behaviours that could lead to exciting careers in nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, laboratory technician, radiography and many more.
At least five GCSEs at Grade 5 Science Grade 6 or above in a good range of subjects, including Mathematics, and English along with a clear focus on a career in healthcare science. This course also requires students to be able to study independently, have excellent communication skills and be both hardworking and resilient.
In their first year on the course, students will cover core elements in working within the health and science sector, including physics, chemistry, biology and anatomy & physiology. These will equip them with the knowledge and skills to complete externally assessed exams, including an employer set project that assess skills that mimic industry related situations. In their second year on the course, students will complete occupational specialist elements covering knowledge and skills that work towards completing internal and external synoptic assessments.
You will be assessed by a combination of exam assessment, project work and synoptic assessment. Core Knowledge - Year 1 Overall core component grade (A* to E and U) 2 papers - 70% weighting. Employer set Project (ESP) - 30% weighting. Study includes: Science core element - This is assessed by written examination. Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pathway core element - this covers working in the health and science sector. This is assessed by written examination. Subjects you will study include: Working in the Health and Science Sector Good Scientific and Clinical Practice Infection prevention and control Safeguarding Diseases and disorders of the human body Occupational specialism - Year 2 Assisting with Healthcare Science - synoptic assessment to achieve a distinction/merit/pass. Topics you will study to develop occupational competence could include: Assist with physiological measurements Assist with specimen collection & point of care testing Specimen analysis Industrial placement experience - students are required to complete a minimum of 315 hours industry placement.
Careers & Progression
On successful completion of this course, you may decide to progress into employment within the healthcare science sector or onto a variety of higher education courses. Careers that this course may ultimately lead to include nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals, pharmacy, laboratory technician, healthcare support workers, radiography, dental technician, paramedic and many more. Careers in healthcare science for more guidance on this you can access careers information on the following link: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/wider-healthcare-team/roles-wider-healthcare-team/clinical-support-staff/healthcare-science-assistant-and-associate
Extra curricular activities
Additional subject-specific activities and visits are organised to bring learning to life and help you to achieve your ambitions. You will also enjoy seminars and workshops led by guest speakers. Past and planned activities and visits have included: Dental Technician taster days at Bolton University, Pendleside Hospice day trip, University of Cumbria taster day, as well as a variety of guest speakers.