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Biomedical & Healthcare Science

T Level (Level 3)

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Biomedical & Healthcare Science - T-Level AF-HSAHTL-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, T Levels, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

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Do you want to work in areas such as cardiology, radiography or respiratory medicine? Are you interested in carrying out medical examinations on patients such as X rays, ultrasound, CT or MRI scans? Then this is the course for you!

This T Level qualification is an exciting new full time course which has been designed in partnership with businesses and employers. It is aimed at giving you the knowledge and skills to move into a career in healthcare which is the UK’s largest employment sector. It is designed to enable you to progress to employment in hospitals or healthcare settings or to move on to study in Higher Education.

This course covers:

– Learning about the huge range of jobs that you can move into as a healthcare professional

– Learning about the different types of clinical tests and measurements and how to use the equipment

– Learning about different types of imaging used by medical professionals such as X rays, MRI scans and ultrasound scanning and how this information can be used for diagnosis and treatment

You will need to complete a minimum of 315 hours of industry placement over the two-year duration of the course.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and Double Science (or Triple Science) or Level 2 in Science with a Distinction, alongside GCSE grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Alternatively Level 2 in Health and Social Care with a grade B or distinction, alongside GCSE grade 4 or above in Science, Mathematics and English.

Core units

  • Working within the Health and Science Sector
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Regulations in the Health and Science Sector
  • Managing Information and Data within the Health and Science Sector
  • Good Scientific and Clinical Practice
  • Core Science Concepts
  • Health and Safety, Regulations in Healthcare Science
  • Providing Person-Centred Care when Working in Healthcare Science
  • Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Science Settings
  • Managing Information and Data

Specialist units

  • Contribute to patient care by supporting physiological, physical and clinical engineering services to produce reliable data and images for use by health care professionals in diagnosis and treatment
  • Contribute to patient care by supporting the collection of a range of specimens for analysis to aid diagnosis and treatment
  • Contribute to patient care by processing and analysing patient specimens in a laboratory environment to produce reliable data sets for use by healthcare professionals in diagnosis and treatment

Industry Placement

You will need to complete a minimum of 315 hours of industry placement over the two-year duration of the course. This unique experience will provide you with the opportunity to develop the right skills, knowledge and behaviours in the workplace which will prepare you to move directly into employment in your chosen sector.

This course will be taught in a combination of learning environments. Some lectures will take place in science laboratories, whilst others will take place in state-of-the-art facilities set up as hospital wards and healthcare settings. Hightech medical and clinical equipment will be used to enable you to understand the range of equipment used by healthcare professionals and how to use this equipment yourself.

Externally assessed exam, industrial placement, employer-set project and synoptic assessment in a healthcare setting.

On completion of this course, you will be able to go directly into employment as a Healthcare Assistant. You could also undertake a higher apprenticeship as a Healthcare Science Associate which includes roles such as Phlebotomist (taking blood), Cardiographer (monitoring the heart) or a Newborn Hearing Screener (assessing hearing in newborn babies). Alternatively, you could go on to study in Higher Education in degrees such as Radiography, Nuclear Medicine or Cardiac Physiology.

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student

This is a really good college, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student