Supporting Healthcare (T Level)

This is a vocational course aimed at students wishing to progress into a career as a health professional. Students will study a wide range of units which will develop their knowledge and skills related to working in a role supporting healthcare. It will allow students to progress onto a higher education course or apprenticeship within the health and social care sector.

What units will be studied?

All students will develop a general understanding of health and science:

  • working within the health and science sector
  • health, safety and environmental regulations
  • managing information and data
  • principles of good scientific and clinical practice
  • core science concepts including the structure of cells, tissues and large molecules, genetics, microbiology and immunology

They will also learn about topics specific to health, including:

  • understanding the healthcare sector
  • providing person-centred care
  • supporting health and wellbeing
  • further knowledge of both human anatomy and physiology and of diseases and disorders
  • infection prevention and control 

In addition to the core content, students will specialise in supporting the adult nursing team.

Your Technical Qualification will be the largest part of your T Level it will be a total of 1200 hours which equates to 3 ½ A Levels.

How will I be assessed?

Core component:

  • 2 written examinations
  • employer-set project (ESP)

In order to achieve a grade for the core component, the student must attempt both of the external examinations and the ESP. The combined marks from these assessments will be aggregated to form the overall core component grade (A* to E and U)

Occupational specialism component:

  • a case study assessment
  • 2 practical activities assessments: one for the core: Supporting Healthcare, and one for the occupational specialism
  • a professional discussion

The student is also required to successfully achieve a distinction/merit/pass grade in one of the occupational specialism components. If the student fails to reach the specified level of attainment, they will receive a U grade

Industry placement experience

Industry placements are intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for skilled employment in their chosen occupation and which are less easily attainable by completing a qualification alone.

As part of achieving the overall T Level programme, students are required to complete a minimum of 315 hours industry placement. In order to demonstrate threshold competence in their chosen occupational specialism, the student will be observed during their industry placement.


Core components are graded A* to E and U

Occupational specialism components are graded Distinction/Merit/Pass and Ungraded

What do I need?

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English, Maths.

Where can it take me?

Students who achieve this qualification could progress to the following, depending on their chosen occupational specialism:

  • employment: o ambulance support worker o healthcare support worker in a health setting o senior healthcare support worker in a health setting
  • higher education
  • apprenticeship (progression onto lower level apprenticeships may also be possible in some circumstances, if the content is sufficiently different)

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