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Course introduction

The Health T Level is a high-quality, work-focussed alternative to A levels for young people once they’ve completed their GCSEs. The Health T-Level is a 2-year course that has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study. The Health T Levels offers you a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). The Health T Level programme will provide you with:
  • Broad knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for a career in the NHS.
  • An opportunity to develop specialist technical skills relevant to Adult Nursing.
  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills.
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What will I study?

The Health T Level comprises of core and occupational specialism components. Below are the core components. 

Core component A

  • Working within the health and science sector 
  • The healthcare sector 
  • Health, safety and environmental regulations in the health and science sector 
  • Health and safety regulations applicable in the healthcare sector 
  • Managing information and data within the health and science sector 
  • Managing personal information 
  • Good scientific and clinical practice 
  • Providing person-centred care 
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Infection prevention and control in health specific settings 
  • Safeguarding

Core component B

  • Core science concepts
  • Further science concepts

During the second year of the course you will study the occupational specialism of adult nursing. This will allow you to assist the adult nursing team with clinical skills, assist with skin integrity assessment and support individuals to meet activities of daily living. You will also complete the Supporting Healthcare component. This will allow you to assist with an individual’s overall care, assist health professionals with clinical tasks and undertake a range of physiological measurements. 

Specific course entry requirements

To study towards a T-Level at St John Rigby College you will need to have achieved a minimum of five Grade 5s at GCSE.

You must have achieved either a Double Award GCSE Science Higher Tier 5,5 (or above) or two separate GCSE separate science GCSE qualifications at grade 5,5 (for example GCSE Biology 5 (or above) plus a minimum of either GCSE Chemistry 5 or GCSE Physics 5. You must also have achieved GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or above and  English Language (5).  (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).


In addition to the academic requirements described above it is essential all students have DBS clearance.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through written exams, employer-set project, case studies, practical activities and a practical discussion. 

Where will this course lead me?

T Levels will also provide a progression pathway to skilled employment, higher or degree-level apprenticeships and higher-level education. Students who achieve this qualification could progress to adult nursing or other nursing routes, ambulance support worker, healthcare support worker in a health setting, senior healthcare support worker in a health setting. 

Examples of university courses are as follows:

  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing 
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic
  • BSc (Hons) Child Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Learning Disabilities
  • BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Well Being
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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