Laboratory Science

T Level (Level 3)

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Availability & Details

Laboratory Science - T-Level SF-SCIETL-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board

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This two year course has been designed with employers to ensure it gives you the skills and knowledge that you need to work in a laboratory setting or progress onto higher education. Laboratory Technicians support Scientists to carry out tests, research and investigations. 

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

On this two year T Level at HSDC South Downs, you will study:

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
  • Ethics

Specialist Elements

  • Scientific Tasks, such as 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.

HSDC South Downs offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including practical activities, lectures, tutorials, workshops, presentations and group discussions. You will have access to the Learning Hub (library) and other online and digital resources through the HSDC student portal (MyHSDC).

You will be assessed through an exam, industrial placement, employer-set project, synoptic assessment of practice in work placement setting.

This course aims to support progression into the workplace, onto a Higher Apprenticeship or onto further study at University.

This course requires you to complete an industry placement of a minimum of 315 hours across the two year T Level. HSDC South Downs will help you to secure your work placement.

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