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    About the course

    This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment or higher level technical training relevant to the healthcare sector.

    Entry requirements

    5 GCSEs grades 4 - 9 or equivalent including English and maths at at least grade 4

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

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    Why study?

    The objectives of this qualification are to equip you with:

    • the core knowledge and core skills relevant to health
    • up to date occupational knowledge and skills that have continued currency amongst employers and others
    • the necessary English, mathematics and digital skills
    • threshold competence that meets employer expectations and is as close to full occupational competence as possible
    • opportunities to manage and improve their own performance

    This programme is specifically intended for those wishing to pursue a career in the healthcare sector. 

    You will be Undertaking tasks in a realistic working environment, such as lifting and handling, health assessments to include blood pressure monitoring and temperature recording.

    Shadowing in the workplace.

    Work experience at Princess Alexandra hospital in the children’s day surgery setting.

    Where will this course take me?

    The T Level study programme is eligible for UCAS points.

    Those who achieve this qualification could progress to the following:

    • Employment
    • Higher Education 
    • Apprenticeship (progression onto lower level apprenticeships may also be possible in some circumstances, if the content is sufficiently different).

    Possible occupations:

    • General Nurse
    • Midwife
    • Mental health nurse
    • Pediatric nurse
    • Theatre nurse

    Core modules

    • The health care sector
    • Providing person centred care
    • Health and well being
    • Further science concepts
    • Health and safety regulations applicable in the health care sector
    • Infection prevention and control in health specific settings
    • Managing personal information
    • Assisting the adult nursing team with clinical tasks
    • Supporting individuals to meet activities of daily living
    • Assist with skin integrity assessments and the care and treatment of skin conditions

    Optional modules

    Occupational Specialism: Supporting Healthcare

    Performance outcome 1: assist with an individual’s overall care and needs to ensure comfort and wellbeing

    Performance outcome 2: assist registered health professionals with clinical or therapeutic tasks and interventions 

    Performance outcome 3: undertake a range of physiological measurements

    How will I be assessed?

    The Core Component content indicates the relevant knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and principles relevant to all occupations within Health and Science: Healthcare Science. The knowledge and skills are all externally assessed through 2 written examinations and an Employer Set Project.

    The Occupational Specialisms are divided into performance outcomes, each of which indicates the knowledge and skills required to enable you to achieve threshold competence in the chosen Occupational Specialism. These performance outcomes are all externally assessed through synoptic assignments, in which you will be expected to demonstrate required knowledge and skills. 

    As part of achieving the overall T Level programme, you will be required to complete a minimum of 315 hours industry placement. In order to demonstrate threshold competence in your chosen occupational specialism you will be observed during your industry placement.

    Will I have to provide anything?

    • Folders
    • Pens
    • Paper
    • Recommended course text as per your interview, enrolment information to follow.

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

    Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
    Ask Us a question about this course

    T Levels Q&A


    T Levels are new technical courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. They are Level 3 course that span approximately 1800 hours over 2 years. These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

    T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.


    Harlow College will offer T Levels starting in the 2021/22 academic year, initially in the following areas:

    • creative and digital
    • construction
    • childcare and education
    • health and science


    T Levels are ideal for learners who are looking for a more technical route into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

    T Levels are a technical alternative to A Levels and prepare learners for technical careers.


    T Levels will include the following compulsory elements:

    • a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area and specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
    • an industry placement with an employer
    • a minimum standard in maths and English if learners have not already achieved them


    T Levels include 315 hours (approximately 45 days) of industry placement with an employer. Around 80% of time will be spent in the classroom and 20% on placement. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% in the workplace and 20% in the classroom.

    Industry placements can be undertaken as a block, as individual days, or a combination of the two.

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