T Level: Laboratory Science
T Levels are new two-year, Level 3 study programme that will follow the study of GCSEs and Technical Awards at Key Stage 4 and offer an attractive alternative to A Levels and Apprenticeships. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 315 hours of industry placement with an employer to make sure students have real experience of the workplace.// The Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main classroom-based element of the T Level and will see students learning from a curriculum that has been shaped by industry experts. During the two-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge that underpins each industry and they will also develop occupationally specific skills that will allow them to enter skilled employment within a specific occupation.
Please note: T Levels are only available for students that will be 16-18 whilst studying the qualification.
What will I do
This T Level programme has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so everything you will learn meets the needs of industry and prepares you for work. They provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an apprenticeship, or higher-level study, including university.
The course is split into the core component and occupational specialism, alongside completing an industry placement (minimum 315 hours).
- The health and science sector including topics such as health, safety and environment practices in the workplace and ethics within the sector.
- Science concepts:
- Cells, tissues and biological molecules
- Microbiology and immunology
- Materials and chemical properties
- Chemical reactions including analysis
- Electricity and magnetism
- Waves and radiation
You will have practical experience of a variety of laboratory activities including aseptic culture of microorganisms, redox titrations, radioactive count rate and colorimetry.
Students who achieve this qualification could progress to the following:
- Higher education
Job roles could include laboratory analyst, microbiologist, research scientist, medical laboratory assistant, clinical research assistant and many more in the industry.
Is it for me?
Entry requirements: Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English language, Maths and Science OR a vocational qualification at Level 2 at Merit and above in a relevant subject e.g., BTEC in Applied Science with GCSE English language & Maths at 4 or above.
How will I be assessed?
You will have two external examinations based on the core content, an externally-set (in conjunction with employers) project and synoptic assignments for your occupational specialism.