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    About the course

    The T Level Pathway Programme is a new type of 16 to 19 study programme, specifically designed to develop the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours to support progression onto and success on a T Level. It is targeted at students who are not ready to start a T Level but have the potential, once successful, to progress onto one following a tailored preparation programme.

    Entry requirements

    At least 4 GCSE grades that are grade 3 and above

    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 but do not have the requirements to or study science at level 3.

    Awarding Body

    Gateway Qualifications

    Why study?

    The T Level Transition Programme consists of five core components which are tailored to the needs of individual students:

    • diagnostic and guidance period which will help us assess your capability and support needs so we can tailor your support. We will also help you decide which T Level route you want to prepare for.
    • English and maths are core components of the T Level Transition programme and if you have not already achieved at least a GCSE grade 4 in English and/or maths we will support you to continue studying and achieve this.
    • We will support you with work experience and work preparation to help you develop the skills, behaviours, attitudes and confidence you need to prepare you for the T Level Industry Placement.
    • To make sure you are well prepared for your chosen T Level the programme will offer introductory technical skills which are relevant for your chosen T Level route. This  consists of an accredited Level 2 qualification , projects based learning and industry visit
    • We are committed to offering high quality pastoral support and personal development opportunities. We will provide you with relevant and meaningful support to address barriers to education, support emotional and/or mental health difficulties, and support the development of your study reflective and resilience skills.

    Where will this course take me?

    After completing this course successfully you will have a Level 2  Extended Certificate in Applied Science and Technology  and progress onto the T Level in laboratory Sciences (Level 3) if all the requirements are met. 

    If you change your mind, we can assist you in selecting other pathways towards a career in Science.

    Core modules

    • Biology and our Environment
    • Chemistry and our Earth
    • Energy and our Universe
    • Using Mathematical Tools in Science and Technology
    • Working in Science and Technology
    • Carrying out a Science or technology 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?

    Portfolio of Evidence which includes:

    • Assignments
    • projects
    • topic tests

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

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


    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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