Science (T Level)
- Year 1
Mix of exams and an employer set project
- Year 2
- Exam board
What Will You Learn?
Designed alongside businesses and employers, the T level Science is an ideal programme for individuals interested in a career in the science industry with a focus on the laboratory sciences. In your first year, you will develop a strong understanding of the Health and Science sector and the professional knowledge required to work effectively within the science industry. You will also learn a variety of advanced skills and subject-specific theory within biology, chemistry and physics. In your second year, you will develop your practical skills and understanding of working in a laboratory setting during an industry placement.
Topic 1: Working within the health and science sectors
You will cover organisational policies and procedures, quality standards and management, ethics, professional codes of conduct, and diversity in the health and science workplace. You will gain an understanding of the day-to-day processes of a health and science environment.
Topic 2: The science sector
You will learn about the diversity of employers, job roles, responsibilities, quality assurance and control, and commercial activities within the science sector.
Topic 3: Health, safety and environmental regulations in the health and science sector
You will become equipped to work safely and be legally compliant within the health and science sector.
Topic 4: Application of safety, health and environmental practices in the workplace
You will learn about the regulations and safeguards in place regarding the use of chemicals, environmental protection, legal consequences, biohazards, employer responsibilities and decontamination within the science industry.
Topic 5: Managing information and data within the health and science sector
As part of this topic, you will understand how to manage data, including the use of social media.
Topic 6: Data handling and processing
You will learn about the different types of data, how to record and store data, data errors and how to minimise them, statistical analysis and reducing bias.
Topic 7: Ethics
You will learn about the importance of ethical practice, integrity, respect and intellectual property rights within the science sector.
Topic 8: Good scientific and clinical practice
You will learn about the use of standard operating procedures, the implications of not maintaining, cleaning, servicing and calibrating equipment, and the importance of good stock management.
Topic 9: Scientific methodology
You will learn about the importance of good experimental design, hypothesis testing, and evaluation of scientific methodology.
Topic 10: Experimental equipment and techniques
You will learn about the causes and consequences of equipment and technical faults, the correct use of a variety of equipment, the appropriate techniques for the safe handling of various substances, the use of microscopy and aseptic techniques in microbiology.
You will cover a wide range of subject-specific topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The level of knowledge is at least as demanding as A-Level and includes the following, which forms the summary of a large and detailed specification.
- Cells, tissues and the cell cycle (cell theory, cell variety, organelles, cell differentiation, mitosis and meiosis, meiosis and genetic variation)
- Biological molecules, enzymes and protein structure (monomers, polymers, polymerisation, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, protein synthesis, enzyme properties, enzyme function)
- Exchange and transport mechanisms (surface area to volume ratio, rates of diffusion, cell membrane structure, passive transport, active transport, cotransport, specialised cells)
- Genetics (structure and function of DNA and RNA, DNA replication, genetics and genomics, genes, genetic code)
- Microbiology, immunology, and pathogens (classification and characteristic of microorganisms, variety and use of microscopes, staining techniques, infectious diseases, immune response, B-cells, T-cells and phagocytes, )
- Cellular respiration (aerobic respiration, ATP production and function, respiratory substrates)
- Materials, chemical properties and chemical analysis of substances (atomic structure and properties of metals, composite materials, ceramics, polymers, arrangement of electrons and the periodic table, subatomic particles)
- Formulae, equations and units (balancing equations, empirical formulae, molecular formulae, isotopes, moles, SI units, unit conversions, significant figures)
- Analytical techniques (chromatography, Rf values, acid-base titration, applications of chromatography and titration)
- Kinetic change (collision theory, rates of reaction, activation energy, catalysts, Maxwell Boltzmann distribution)
- Acids, bases, rates of reaction and chemical change (acid-base reactions, physical properties of acids, collision theory, catalysts, tests to identify chemical composition, tests to quantify components in a mixture, titration)
- Electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism (charge, current, potential difference and resistance, magnetic poles, magnetic fields, electromagnets)
- Waves, particles and radiation (frequency, wavelength and speed, longitudinal and transverse waves, waves in communication, medicine and food processing, radioactive radiation, half-life and count-rate, radioactive decay, applications of radioactivity)
- Gas laws (Boyle’s Law, Charles’s Law, the Pressure Law, Kelvin scale, effect of compression)
- Pressure, fluid and viscosity (Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, hydrostatic pressure, volumetric and mass flow rates, steady and turbulent flow, coefficient of viscosity)
Employer set project
This is an extended research task that includes the following skills:
- Project management
- Research skills
- Creativity, innovation and problem solving
- Communication and reflective evaluation
Laboratory science industry placement
Perform a range of techniques to collect experimental data in the lab
- Plan, review, implement and improve laboratory tasks
- Identify and resolve issues with scientific equipment
- You will develop valuable links with local industries within the laboratory science field, which might create employment opportunities.
- The extended industry placement will develop your professional and practical skills, which other candidates for employment might lack.
- You will be taught biology, chemistry and physics by subject-specialists in state of the art laboratories within the Regional Science Centre Oldham.
- OSFC Xtras programme will provide the opportunity to learn new skills, keep fit and healthy and make new friends. It will prepare you for higher education or employment.
Where Will This Lead?
The T level in science has many progressions pathways. Being designed with employers and including an extended industry placement, you have the potential to progress straight into employment (e.g. laboratory assistant) or onto a higher apprenticeship (e.g. laboratory technician). You will earn UCAS points with your qualification and could progress to university to study for a science-related degree.