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    About the course

    If you want a career in Laboratory Science, then this this is your opportunity to enrol on this new generation of qualifications that offer an attractive technical alternative to studying three different A levels. This exciting two year course which has been designed with employers to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to work within the science sector. The T Level has a mixture of technical knowledge and industry work placement to provide you with the skills and experience you need to start your science career.

    Entry requirements

    2 year option – GCSE grade c or 4 or above in English and Maths and double or triple Science. 

    3 year option – GCSE grade D or 3 in English, maths and Science (single, double or triple).

    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?

    On this course you will learn a range of scientific techniques including: 


    • Analysis of substances and environments ï Titration 
    • Micro and nanoscience 
    • Preparation of serial dilutions Knowledge of laboratory techniques to identify, separate and analyse substances and environments
    •  Calorimetry 
    • Colorimetry 
    • Chromatography 
    • Distillation ï Filtration 
    • Electrochemistry 
    • Spectroscopy
    •  Thermochemistry  


    • Tissue culture
    • Cloning, protein purification, genes and enzyme classification 
    • Microbiology environmental:
    •  Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)
    •  Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) 
    • Total Organic Carbon (TOC) 
    • Suspended solids 
    • Measuring toxicology


    • polarity
    • temperature, 
    • pressure, 
    • conductivity  
    • radioactivity 
    • Electronics 
    • Mechanics and ionising radiation
    • Thermal Electricity 

    Magnetism Knowledge of cutting-edge techniques, particularly those related to genomics, including: 

    • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 
    • Gel electrophoresis 
    • Flow cytometry 
    • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy( NMR)
    • Next generation sequencing  

    Core modules

    • Working within the Health and Science sector
    • Health, Safety and Environmental regulations in the Health and Science sector
    • Managing information and data within the Health and Science sector
    • Good Scientific and Clinical Practice
    • Core Science concepts
    • The Science Sector
    • Further Science Concepts
    • Application of Safety, Health and Environmental practices in the workplace
    • Scientific methodology
    • Data handling and processing
    • Experimental equipment and techniques
    • Ethics
    • Employer set Project

    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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