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)

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Have you been fascinated by the scientists who have created the COVID-19 vaccine? Are you interested in who conducts the specialised testing for genetic disorders or who determines which antibiotic is required to save someone‘s life? Would you want to be at the forefront of agri-food production and technology whilst taking into account climate change and global warming? Or tackling how to invent environmentally-friendly food packaging to fight against plastic pollution in our oceans?

If so, then this T Level in Science could be the right course for you!

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.

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.

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student