Healthcare Science, Assisting with Healthcare Science Level 3 (T Level)

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

The purpose of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment, or higher-level technical training in the Healthcare Science field.

What does the course involve?

During your T-Level journey for Healthcare Science you will complete:

  1. 315-hour industry placement (approximately 45 days)
  2. A technical qualification – where you will specialise in a particular occupation.

This course, through class and online teaching, skill simulation, and work experience will provide you with the fundamental theory, safe behaviours and practical skills required to work in the Healthcare Science sector and to help you decide your future career pathway.

What units will be covered?

It is split into two components.

  1. The Core Component, which has two exams and an employer set project.
  2. The Occupational Specialist Component, which has a large project.

In the Core Components you will learn the fundamentals of working within the Healthcare sector:

  • Working in the healthcare science sector
  • Health and safety
  • Providing person centred care
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Managing information and data
  • Good scientific practice
  • Core and further science concepts
  • Research skills
  • Communication
  • Reporting and presentation skills
  • Reflective evaluation

In the Occupational Specialism Component, you will develop the skills to prepare you for your career in Healthcare Science.

Assisting in Healthcare Science

  • Supporting physiological, physical and clinical engineering services to produce reliable data to help the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  • Support the collection of a range of specimens for analysis to aid diagnosis and treatment.
  • Processing and analysing specimens to support diagnosis and treatment of patients.

How will I be assessed?

Year 1

The Core Component assessment is two exam papers each set for2½ hours.

Employer Set Project – Set by Pearson and an expert employer panel, the project is made up of five tasks, comprised of a literature review, reports, peer discussion and a reflective account. These tasks will be completed over a two-week period, but before you start, you will have some time to do some research and prepare.

Year 2

The occupational specialism: Assisting in Healthcare Science is assessed through four tasks comprised of three observations and written analysis and evaluation.

When you carry out the tasks you will work in exam conditions. For some of the tasks you will be able to do some preparation that you can use to help you during the assessment.

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English and Maths.

Where can it take me?

T Levels provide several progression options. These include skilled employment, an apprenticeship and higher education.

UCAS points will only be allocated to the overall T Level Grade. Students must achieve at least an overall Pass Grade to receive UCAS points.

Additional information

Your Technical Qualification will be the largest part of your T Level. It will be a total of 1200 hours which equates to 3 A Levels.

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