Where art, drama and music therapy meet occupational therapy, podiatry, paramedics and speech and language therapy, you find the supporting the therapy teams T level. This forward-looking course celebrates the evolution of therapeutic care.
Crammed with industry-standard content employers specifically need, this course prepares you for an active role in a new more holistic health and science workplace. Alongside equally interested, thoughtful classmates, you will explore the skills and knowledge you need to work in the adult healthcare sector or to progress to a higher-level apprenticeship or a degree.
You have the time and space to work on an employer-set project in a real-life setting. This 45-day industry placement is your chance to put your knowledge into practice. It’s also an amazing opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in health and be part of the therapy team.
What You'll Learn
Essential health and science knowledge and skills make up your year one. You explore person-centred holistic care, health and wellbeing as well as how to manage personal information.
Alongside your peers, you explore the science of diseases, disorders, human anatomy and physiology. In the classroom, you master infection prevention and control in health-specific settings to improve your confidence in the real world. You gain a solid understanding of all the contexts, theories and principles essential to the health and science industry.
With support from your tutors, by the end of year one, you feel confident in your knowledge of how the therapy team industry works. With a strong basis in practical scientific concepts and key healthcare regulations, you learn to balance information, health and safety and good scientific/clinical practice. This year shines a spotlight on the roles and pathways, employers and businesses you could work for in the healthcare sector.
When year two arrives, you get into the heart of the therapy team role – your chosen specialism. With your classmates, you explore, discuss and examine all the ways you can support any productive therapy team.
You learn how, as a carer, you can support individuals dealing with all kinds of conditions. In your toolkit, you add
Therapeutic techniques to support allied health professionals
Therapy support processes and advice to help individuals develop and improve their health and /or develop or maintain daily living activities
How to prepare and maintain the therapeutic environment, equipment and resources
The most effective communication techniques
The deeper you get into the team’s roles and responsibilities, the greater your understanding of the environments and individuals you’re likely to work with. Your confidence grows, and you see that assisting with the therapy team tasks and therapeutic interventions is truly manageable.
There are many coping strategies and skills you can share with clients that promote their physical and mental wellbeing. A vital part of year two is learning to support carers and families facing health challenges.
To bring you up to speed in English, maths and digital skills relevant to the health and science route, you work with tutors to get that all-important level 2 in English and maths you need to complete the course.
T levels are for people who are 16-18 on 31 August of the year 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.
How you will be assessed
There are several formal assessments during the two years: external exams, controlled assessments, practical summary assignments and an employer-led set project.
Together, the assessments generate an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
At the end of your T level, you receive a nationally recognised certificate with a clear breakdown of your achievements. The T level can be worth up to 168 UCAS points.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
There are no tuition fees to study a T level if you start before you are 19 years old but there will be material costs that will need to be paid at the start of the course.
You will need to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to work with children and vulnerable adults, which is an additional cost of £44.
This is a professional programme and all settings expect staff to wear a uniform. All T level health and science students will wear a uniform in both college and placement. This consists of the pathways medical tunic (available from the college at a cost of £17.99* each) black trousers (not leggings), and black shoes.
Further details on uniform requirements are available from the workplace coordinator or programme lead.
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.
Course and Career progression
With your T level in healthcare and science under your belt, you have a strong start to your career as a therapy team assistant. It also gives you a springboard into a higher level apprenticeship or a degree.
You could also take your knowledge and experience into a career in art or drama therapy, diet, orthoptics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and diagnostic radiography. Our independent careers advisors walk you through your next steps, sharing information, advice and guidance to give you the confidence to kickstart your career.
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.