Medical & Laboratory Science

T Level (Level 3)

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Availability & Details

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

Venue
South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, T Levels, Vocational

Dates
Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

Examination board
NCFE CACHE

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Overview

Do you like science? Would you like to be able to conduct practical activities similar to scientists who have created the COVID-19 vaccine? Or those that conduct the specialised testing for genetic disorders or those who determine which antibiotic is required to save someone‘s life? Are you interested in helping to come up with solutions to fix challenges such as climate change and global warming?

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

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a grade 5 in 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.

The course starts by introducing the core knowledge needed for work in the science industry. This includes the following elements:

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

Occupational Specialist Elements

  • Performing a range of scientific tasks within a laboratory setting to collect scientific data while complying with regulations
  • Plan, review and implement improvements to scientific tasks relevant to a laboratory setting
  • Identify and resolve errors with scientific equipment
  • Practice essential skills needed to be successful in the science industry
  • You will also practice these skills in the workplace by taking part in an industry placement

HSDC supports all learners to be successful through the use of a variety of learning activities. As much of the content is assessed through exams, the knowledge is covered using a variety of methods. You will be required to purchase a laboratory coat and goggles at the start of your course as these will be essential items required when conducting practical activities.

In the first year of the course, you will be assessed on your knowledge of the core elements through two examinations.

Section A exam – This covers the content about working in the science sector.
Section B exam – This covers the science content.

Your skills will also be assessed through the employer-set project. In the second year, the occupational specialist elements are assessed by assignments. These assignments will provide a grade that is Pass, Merit or Distinction.

This course allows you to achieve UCAS points allowing you to apply to study a range of science-based courses at university. It also provides you with the laboratory skills to go straight into work within the science industry or to move on to an Apprenticeship.

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.


The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. The college is really good and supportive.

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