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    About the course

    T Levels follow GCSEs and are equivalent to studying three A levels. T levels are an advanced level, 2-year technical qualification designed with employers and leading research institutes to give you a head start towards the future you want.

    Entry requirements

    GCSE Grade 4 or above in English and Maths and Double or Triple Science Grade 4/4

    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.

    Who is it suitable for?

    For students looking to progress into a range of careers that involve laboratory science.

    Awarding Body

    NCFE

    Why study?

    T Levels are designed to deliver world-class practical scientific education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Science T level has been designed with leading employers in the science sector and gives you:

    • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the health and science sector.
    • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the science sector.
    • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the science sector on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.
    • Specialist knowledge and skills relating to laboratory science.

    On the Science T Level, you’ll learn to become a confident laboratory scientist. You will explore the latest research frontiers and acquire all the laboratory skills that are needed to be successful in this vital sector. 

    You will have your own workbench in a research laboratory and this course provides you a far more hands-on approach to learning Science.

    You will learn all the required knowledge through key topics in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and project-based learning.  After completing this course you will be able to start your career in  the laboratory sciences straight after your course.

     

    Where will this course take me?

    The T Level study programme is eligible for UCAS points. A T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A Levels at A* 

    However please check the UCAS website for course entry requirements.

    T Levels offer many opportunities for progression:

    Enter Employment: You can use the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained to start working in the Science industry. 

    Apprenticeship: There are many opportunities offered through apprenticeships that allow you to carry on learning (20%) whilst spending most of your time (80%) furthering your skills in the workplace.

    Higher  Education: If you choose to study further, your T level is worth UCAS points and will allow you entry onto certain courses. Please check UCAS website as course entry requirements vary.

    There are a variety of careers you can pursue once you have completed the course as the knowledge, skills and behaviours you will develop are highly prized within broad range of Science professions.

    Careers within the Science profession may include:

    • Radiography technician
    • Microbiology laboratory technician
    • Biomedical laboratory technician
    • Forensics laboratory technician

    Core modules

    Year 1 is made up of three key parts: 

    1. Core: Knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts and theories of the science industry:
    • Working within the health and science sector 
    • The science sector 
    • Health, safety and environmental regulations in the health and science sector 
    • Application of safety, health and environmental practices in the workplace 
    • Managing information and data within the health and science sector 
    • Data handling and processing 
    • Ethics 
    • Good scientific and clinical practice 
    • Scientific methodology 
    • Experimental equipment and techniques
    • Core Science concepts
    • Further Science concepts
    • English, Maths and digital skills needed in the science sector
    1. Employer Set Project: A project set by science specialists that requires you to apply your knowledge to a real-life problem in the industry.
    1. Industry Placement: Towards the end of the year, you will get the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills you have learned in to action as you start your industry placement. You will work with an external specialist provider to apply your knowledge and develop your technical skills in a real-life science setting.

    Year 2 is made up of two key parts:

    You will specialise in Laboratory Science; where you will study and practice how to:

    • Perform a range of appropriate scientific techniques to collect experimental data in a laboratory setting, complying with regulations and requirements
    • Plan, review, implement and suggest improvements to scientific tasks relevant to a laboratory setting 
    • Identify and resolve issues with scientific equipment or data errors 
    1. Continuation of your Industry Placement; with an external science provider which will develop your technical skills and apply your knowledge in a workplace environment.

    Across year one and two, you will complete at least 45 days in total working in the science sector, giving you valuable experience in the workplace and employers the chance to see the new talent in their industry.

    Optional modules

    Laboratory Sciences

    Learners will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in:

    • Performing a range of appropriate scientific techniques to collect experimental data in a laboratory setting, complying with regulations and requirements
    • Plan, review, implement and suggest improvements to scientific tasks relevant to a laboratory setting
    • Identify and resolve issues with scientific equipment or data errors

    How will I be assessed?

    Year 1:

    Core Assessment: Externally Set Test – Paper 1 and Paper 2 are both graded A*-E.

    Employer Set Project: Externally assessed project work is graded A*-E.

    Industry Placement: Evidence log to show completion of hours required and evidence of development of technical skills and application of knowledge in a workplace environment.

    Year 2:

    Synoptic assessment to judge how well the competence requirements have been met. Graded: Distinction, Merit or Pass.

    Industry Placement: Evidence log to show completion of hours required and evidence of development of technical skills and application of knowledge in a workplace environment.

    Will I have to provide anything?

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

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    T Levels Q&A

    WHAT ARE T LEVELS?

    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.

    WHEN WILL T LEVELS START?

    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

    WHO ARE THEY FOR?

    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.

    STRUCTURE OF A T LEVEL

    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 AND INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

    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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