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Health & Science - Science Pathway

Science Pathway

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This course covers the essential knowledge and skills you need to work in science or healthcare, including how the industry works; core scientific concepts and key regulations, including managing information; health and safety; and good scientific/clinical practice.


You will then have the chance to specialise in at least one of the following areas*:

 •  Animal Sciences
 •  Food Sciences
 •  Laboratory Services
 •  Metrology (Measurement) Sciences


T Level study programmes will include the following elements:

 •  A ‘core’ set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills, tailored for their chosen industry and occupation: ‘core content’
 •  Specialist content covering occupational or industry-specific skills: ‘occupational specialist content’
 •  An industry placement with an employer, which will last for a minimum of 315 hours


*The information above is taken from the DfE outline content publication for the Science Pathway T Levels. This should only be used as a guide and further information on final course content will be available in the New Year. 


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What will I learn?

The course will cover the following core elements:

 •  Working within the Health & Science Sector
 •  Health, Safety & Environmental Regulations in the Health & Science Sector
 •  Managing information and data within the Health & Science Sector
 •  Good Scientific & Clinical Practice
 •  Core Scientific Concepts
 •  The Science Sector
 •  Application of Safety, Health & Environmental Practices in the Workplace
 •  Scientific Methodology
 •  Data Handling & Processing
 •  Experimental Equipment & Techniques
 •  Ethics


Specialist occupational elements include:

 •  Laboratory Sciences
 •  Food Sciences
 •  Animal Sciences
 •  Metrology Sciences


Industry Placements

Every T Level will include an industry placement with an employer, focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.


Click here for a comprehensive overview of the core and specialist elements of this course. 

Progression Pathways

Opportunities include progression to an Apprenticeship or studying a degree in a related subject area.

With further training you could work as a:

  •  Metrologist, earning up to £40,000 a year
  •  Animal Scientist, earning up to £40,000 a year
  •  Food Scientist, earning up to £45,000 a year
  •  Clinical Scientist, earning up to £50,000 a year