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Course introduction

The T-Level in Laboratory Sciences offers a new innovative route in further education. A course designed to develop work ready college graduates, to meet the high demand for laboratory science employees within the science sector. This course also gives you a qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels, giving progression opportunities to a wide range of science degrees within higher education if you wish continue your studies at university and higher-level apprenticeships should you want to study for higher qualifications whilst you work in the future.  Key features of this programme include:

    • 315 hour work placement  
    • Core subject knowledge and skills
    • Occupational specialism and skills – Laboratory science 
    • Embedded maths, English and digital skills

What will I study?

Core subject knowledge and skills

  • Key science topics within all three disciplines
    • Biology (cell cycle and cellular respiration, enzyme and protein structure, pathogens, and classification of biological materials)
    • Chemistry (atomic structure and physical and chemical properties of metals, acids and alkalis, collision theory and titration)
    • Physics (Ohm’s law, electricity, electromagnetism, radiation and waves)
  • Working within the scientific sector 
    • Health and safety
    • Ethics and legislation 
    • Data collection, handling, processing and management 
    • Experimental process and design
    • Mathematical, literacy and digital skills
    • Research and presentation skills
  • Core laboratory procedures for example;
    • Paper and thin layer chromatography (TLC)
    • Distillation
    • Staining (microorganisms)
    • Aseptic culture of microorganisms
    • Colorimetry Version
    • Radioactive count rate using Geiger counter
    • Conductivity

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).

How will I be assessed?

  • Two externally set and marked examinations
  • Employer set projects
  • Synoptic performance assessments within the workplace 

Where will this course lead me?

Directly into employment opportunities following college within laboratories across the science sector including;

  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical science
  • Biochemical science
  • Nuclear science
  • Quality assurance/control
  • Research and development

Or into higher-level apprenticeships across the science sector whilst you gain higher qualifications as you work.

Or on to study full time at university in a very wide range of science-based degrees as universities have been engaged in the development of T-Levels to ensure they equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress into relevant higher education programmes and they are worth up to 168 UCAS points (equal to three A* grades at A level). 

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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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