Course details may be subject to change. If you are interested in studying A Levels at New College Durham please just complete one application form and you will be able to choose your subjects once you have had your interview. You do not need to apply for each of the subjects you are interested.
This two-year T-Level programme meets industry needs and is the equivalent to three A-Levels.
The laboratory science programme is delivered by lecturers with extensive industry experience, and you will be supported by significant employer interaction, to encourage you to embrace the experiences of working in the health and science sector.
The core knowledge and understanding will be assessed through an examination and core skills through a practical employer-set project. In addition to this, maths, English and general digital skills will be integrated within the qualification in occupationally relevant contexts.
You will hold five GCSEs grades 9 - 4 (or A*- C equivalent) including maths. Ideally, you will hold GCSE English at grade 6 or above (grade B equivalent) and GCSE French grade 6 or above (grade B equivalent).
What are the next steps?
You will meet with a course tutor and see your classrooms. You will be asked a series of questions so we can find out more about you and your career aspirations. Please bring your predicted grades, school attendance record and at least one reference from a teacher or their contact details.
This Laboratory Science T-Level is a technical study programme, aimed at preparing you with the skills and knowledge needed to progress in a career in science, such as research or laboratory technician, or to higher education or higher apprenticeships.
As well as specialising in laboratory sciences, you 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
You will cover the below specific science modules:
- understanding the science sector
- further science knowledge, including cell cycle and cellular respiration, enzyme and protein structure, pathogens, classification of biological materials, kinetic changes and relevant analytical techniques
- scientific methodology
- experimental equipment and techniques
- ethics of science
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching and assessment will take place in both the laboratory and classroom.
Your industry placement is assessed through your performance in the workplace by your work-based supervisor and your tutor.
As part of achieving the overall T-Level programme, you are required to complete a minimum of 315 hours industry placement.
To demonstrate threshold competence, you will be observed during your industry placement.