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Biomedical & Healthcare Science

T Level (Level 3)

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

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, T Levels, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

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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! 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

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and a grade 5 in English
Language and Double 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 course, you will study the following 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. 

High-tech 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.

We have strong links with Portsmouth NHS Trust, including Queen Alexandra Hospital, as well as a number of local GP surgeries.

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, 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

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student