Buckinghamshire College Group is excited to be able to offer the new Health and Science T Levels from September 2021. This is a two-year programme (or three-year if studying a transition programme) designed with employers to give you the skills that the science industry needs and will be available at Aylesbury and Wycombe campuses.
Industry placements are an integral component within T Levels and are intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for skilled employment in their chosen occupation and which are less easily attainable by doing a qualification alone.
There will be a Transition Programme (Pre-T Level) for Health and Science.
What will I learn?
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.
Scientific tasks include Chromatography, Colorimetry and Filtration, Reading Equipment and Instrumentation, Legislation, Regulations and Standards e.g. Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Reviewing and Improving Laboratory Methods. You will also practice these skills in the workplace by taking part in an industry placement.
- Core Elements
- Working Within the Health and Science Sector
- Health and Safety and Environmental Regulations
- 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 Health and Safety
- Scientific Methodology
- Data Handling and Processing
- Experimental Techniques
- Specialist Elements
How will I be assessed?
Your Core scientific knowledge and skills are assessed through an externally set test and an employer-set project (graded A*-U) Your technical knowledge and skills in laboratory science are assessed through practical assignments (graded Pass, Merit, Distinction)
5 GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above including Maths, English and double Science
Level 2 BTEC Applied Science at Merit or Distinction and GCSE Maths and English grade 4 (C) or above
An interview is required to identify suitability of the course.
Progression & Career Opportunities
The course provides a mixture of technical knowledge and skills specific to the science industry and a work placement of at least 45 days in your chosen occupation. On completion of the course you will be able to choose between moving into a skilled occupation or further study in science, for example, a higher or degree level apprenticeship, or higher level technical study, including higher education.
There will be additional requirement to buy text books, uniforms and pay for some additional, optional courses.