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Health and Science T level: Science – Technical Laboratory Services specialism – C7271

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Course Overview

This T Level has been developed in collaboration with health and science employers so the content meets the needs of the industry and will prepare you for the workplace. It will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to enter a career in technical laboratory services at assistant level or to progress to a higher level apprenticeship or degree. The course will involve a mix of classroom-based learning covering the core scientific concepts and key regulations across the health and science route, along with a 45-day placement in which you work on an employer set project to develop your skills in your chosen occupational specialism.

If you are not quite ready for a T level but want to get on the path to your chosen career, then a Transition Programme could be for you. The Transition Programme is tailored to meet your individual needs and will help develop your maths and English skills, your work readiness and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts of the T Level you wish to progress onto the following year.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will gain core knowledge and understanding of the contexts, theories, and principles that underpin the health and science industry. Your course starts with the essential knowledge and skills to work in health or science including how the industry works, core scientific concepts, and key regulations including managing information, health and safety, and good scientific/clinical practice. You will have in-depth look at roles and progression opportunities within the science sector and the diversity of employers and organisations you could work for, scientific methodology, data handling and processing, experimental equipment and techniques, and ethics.

Year 2

During the second year, you will go into your chosen specialism of technical laboratory services in greater depth working towards the following outcomes:
– Performing a range of appropriate scientific techniques to collect experimental data in a laboratory setting, complying with regulations and requirements.
– Planning, reviewing, implementing, and suggesting improvements to scientific tasks relevant to a laboratory setting.
– Identifying and resolving issues with scientific equipment or data errors.

During your industry placement, you will work on an employer set project. This will give you the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice in a real-life setting as well as experiencing first-hand what it is like to work in the health sector and be part of the team.

English, maths, and digital skills relevant to the health and science route will be integrated throughout the course and you must achieve a level 2 in English and maths as a minimum exit requirement.

Entry Requirements

T levels are for people who are 16-18 on 31 August on the date that they start the course.

You need the following to be accepted on the Health and Science T level:

5 GCSEs including maths and English and double science at grade 4 or higher
one reference (this is usually from your school).
90% attendance at school (or your last place or work/ study) – this is desirable.

If you don’t meet these but want to start on your chosen career path entry requirements for Transition Programmes are slightly lower. You will need

4 GCSEs, including English, double Science plus one other subject at grade 4 and maths at grade 3

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed via a variety of formal methods during your course plus assessments such as external exams, controlled assessments, an employer-led set project, and summarise your learning through practical assignments.
This will generate an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction, or distinction*. You will be awarded a nationally recognised certificate which will show a breakdown of what you have achieved and can be worth up to 168 UCAS points.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £0.00

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Additional Costs

There are no tuition fees to study a T Level if you start before you are 19 years old but there will be some material fees that you will need to pay at the start of the course, the College may be able to support you with this. All students require a satisfactory DBS which costs £44.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

You will gain a T Level in Health and Science: Science and be qualified to progress on to a career in technical laboratory services. You could also continue to a higher level apprenticeship or degree.

Our independent careers advisors can support you through your next steps and provide information, advice, and guidance.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to an interview at the College to meet key staff, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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