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T-Level in Science (Laboratory Sciences) (Peterborough College)

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course is offered at our Peter­bor­ough Col­lege cam­pus only. For more infor­ma­tion on how to apply vis­it www​.peter​bor​ough​.ac​.uk

This course is ide­al for you if you wish to pur­sue a career in the Sci­ence indus­try. The pur­pose of the T Lev­el (tech­ni­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tion), is to ensure you have the knowl­edge and skills need­ed to progress into skilled employ­ment, high­er-lev­el tech­ni­cal train­ing or a uni­ver­si­ty pro­gramme with­in the sci­ence sector.

This course offers you an attrac­tive alter­na­tive to A Lev­els and appren­tice­ships. An indus­try-based work place­ment is required to run along­side your course, this must be a min­i­mum of 315 hours and will fur­ther rein­force your new­ly learned skills and offer a true insight into the sci­ence industry.

This course is being taught at Peter­bor­ough col­lege, for fur­ther details please click on the foll­wing link: https://​peter​bor​ough​.ac​.uk/​c​o​u​r​s​e​/​P​T​Q​3​L​S​3​A​F​/​t​l​e​v​e​l​-​i​n​-​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​-​l​a​b​o​r​a​t​o​r​y​-​s​c​i​e​nces/


Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above, includ­ing grades 5 or above in Eng­lish Lan­guage, maths and science.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

In the first year you will be expect­ed to com­plete two core knowl­edge paper-based exams and an employ­er-set project which con­tains con­trolled assessments.

In the sec­ond year, you will com­plete an occu­pa­tion­al spe­cial­ism assess­ment to allow you to demon­strate your appli­ca­tion of the rel­e­vant knowl­edge, skills and behav­iours required for the occupation.

Addi­tion­al Information

Your T Lev­el will include an indus­try place­ment with an employ­er to devel­op the prac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal skills required for the occupation.

We will sup­port you in find­ing rel­e­vant work place­ments but you must demon­strate will­ing­ness to trav­el to your work placements.

These will last a min­i­mum of 315 hours (around 45 days). Employ­ers can offer indus­try place­ments as a block, day release or a com­bi­na­tion of the two.

Poten­tial Future Career

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course accrues UCAS points and a num­ber of major UK uni­ver­si­ties accept T Lev­els. Please see points achieved by grades below

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T‑Level Dis­tinc­tion = 144 UCAS Tar­iff Points = AAA at A Level

T‑Level Mer­it = 120 UCAS Tar­iff Points = BBB at A Level

T‑Level Pass (C or above) = 96 UCAS Tar­iff Points = CCC at A Level

T‑Level Pass (D or E) = 72 UCAS Tar­iff Points = DDD at A Level

Due to the high-lev­el aca­d­e­m­ic nature of the T‑Level and the con­sid­er­able indus­try place­ment ele­ment totalling a min­i­mum of 315 hours, you will also have the nec­es­sary knowl­edge, skills, and behav­iours to suc­cess­ful­ly progress direct­ly in to spe­cial­ist area of the sci­ence indus­try, or you can progress on to an appren­tice­ship or high­er lev­el study.

Exam­ple job roles includes:

  • Lab­o­ra­to­ry Technician
  • Tech­ni­cal Sup­port Scientist
  • Lab­o­ra­to­ry Assistant
  • Med­ical Lab­o­ra­to­ry Assistant
  • Qual­i­ty Con­trol Lab­o­ra­to­ry Technician

Course Con­tent

You will devel­op core skills and knowl­edge through the fol­low­ing topics:

  • Work­ing with­in the health and sci­ence sector
  • Gen­er­al reg­u­la­tion and process­es in health and sci­ence sector
  • Health, safe­ty and envi­ron­men­tal regulations
  • Man­ag­ing infor­ma­tion and data
  • Ethics of sci­ence and how it influ­ences the work under­tak­en by organisations
  • Prin­ci­ples of good sci­en­tif­ic and clin­i­cal practice
  • Sci­en­tif­ic methodology
  • Exper­i­men­tal equip­ment and techniques
  • Biol­o­gy, Chem­istry and Physics equiv­a­lent to A‑level standard
  • Prac­ti­cal skills includ­ing: Per­form­ing a range of appro­pri­ate sci­en­tif­ic tech­niques. Plan, review, imple­ment and sug­gest improve­ments, and Iden­ti­fy and resolve issues with sci­en­tif­ic equip­ment or data errors

You will study util­is­ing learn­ing resources and mate­ri­als such as:

  • schemes of work
  • tutor deliv­ery guides
  • class­room activities
  • blend­ed learn­ing activ­i­ties (eLearn­ing)
  • tutor deliv­ery guides
  • home study tasks


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The Access course has been one of the best deci­sions I have ever made. Now I have the qual­i­fi­ca­tions I need­ed to progress to Uni­ver­si­ty to study Children’s Nursing.

Jessica Richardson



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