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Suitable for 16-18
Level 3
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 72 weeks
Subject area Health & Social Care
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • East Ham Campus

T Levels are new two-year technical courses that will follow GCSEs or other Level 2 programmes. They are an alternative study option to other existing qualifications such as BTECs, A-Levels, and apprenticeships and provide progression routes into skilled and technical employment, higher or degree apprenticeships, or university.

These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares you for work. They will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during a 45-day industry placement that will give students practical insights into the sector and an opportunity to embed the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. You will spend 70-80% of your time in the classroom and 20-30% on a high-quality work placement with an employer.

Newham College is one of 64 colleges and providers nationally selected to offer T-Levels in 2021.

Course description

This two-year qualification in healthcare science has been developed in consultation with employers in the industry to ensure that you will develop the core knowledge and practical skills needed to work with healthcare professionals in a range of healthcare occupations, including working in laboratory services.

The course will include core and specialist content, developing a general understanding of various topics including:

  • 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

In addition to the core content, you will pursue a required occupational specialism in Assisting Healthcare.

Students will complete 315 hours of industry placement within a real workplace setting and be able to apply the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

There will be a mixture of assignments, projects and exams. Two exams will take place at the end of the first year to test your knowledge and learning.

Additional information

Entry requirements

An interview with a teacher and a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C (including Science, English, and maths) or a relevant Level 2 qualification.


You can start working in a range of settings as a Patient Liaison Officer, Healthcare science assistant, Clinical Analyst, Phlebotomist, or Medical Lab Science Officer.

Your T Level will be worth UCAS points – a T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A levels at A* – and will be recognised by universities and other education providers so you can choose to continue studying if you wish.

Fees and funding

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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