2 Sep 2024

Study mode

Full Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


2 Years


Level 3

Awarding body


Course code


Fee Information

Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see our Fees and funding page for more information.

Age 16-18

FREE (If meet residency criteria and not enrolled at another educational institution).

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.

Age 19+

If you are aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course could be free dependant on the level of the course and your eligibility criteria. The rules regarding fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to contact our Advice, Support and Careers Team on 0191 375 4400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect on live chat (bottom right of your screen).

Course details may be subject to change.

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.

Entry Criteria

You will hold GCSE maths and English at grade 5, and GCSE Science at grade 6.

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.

Study Aims

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

Modules Studied

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.