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T Level in Health - Level 3

T Level in Health - Level 3


If you're interested in the world of health and social care for adults or children and young people, this T Level may be exactly what you need to get into a rewarding career helping other people.

This T Level will cover all aspects of working in the health and social care sector, and includes a substantial work placement from which you will gain valuable practical experience to support your career goals. It can also provide essential knowledge and skills needed to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship or university.

On this two-year course, you will study the core health pathway for the first year, progressing onto your chosen pathway of either the Adult Nursing Specialism or Supporting the Care of Child and Young People Specialism in the second year.

This course can lead to the following career opportunities in adult care:

  • Care worker and home carers
  • Senior care worker
  • Social worker
  • Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors
  • Emergency care assistant
  • Occupational therapist.

Or the following career opportunities in supporting the care of children and young people:

  • Nursery nurses and assistants
  • Childminders
  • Youth and community workers
  • Child and early years officers
  • Houseparent and residential wardens.

When you start the course, we will assign you a progress tutor who will support you throughout your time at college. Their role is to help you in setting academic and personal targets, creating a career plan, developing employability skills and monitoring your progress to make sure you realise your full potential.

The college has a specialist teaching ward equipped with:

  • Five electric hospital beds with pressure relief mattresses and dignity curtains
  • SMART mannequins enabling learners to practice dressing and undressing, taking medical observations, using the hoists, applying dressings, and providing personal care
  • Mannequins to support lifting and handling
  • Hand washing facilities to practice infection prevention and control
  • Residents’ bedroom to practice application of skills in a home setting
  • Care setting reception
  • Anatomy and physiology models to support knowledge of bodily systems.

What are T Levels?

If you’re academically minded but have a skilled career route in mind, a T Level will give you a head start into your chosen industry.

T Levels are two-year qualifications that have been designed in partnership with businesses and industry-leading employers so you can develop the skills and knowledge required to kick-start your career straight from college.

  • 80/20 Learning - 80% college-based, 20% on a relevant work placement
  • Employer endorsed - designed with employers to provide the skills that industry needs
  • 1 T Level = 3 A Levels - T Levels are nationally-recognised qualifications, equivalent to 3 A Levels.

As an alternative next-step after GCSEs, a T Level also includes a mandatory 45-day (315 hours) work placement with a reputable employer within your chosen industry.

The qualification splits into core content and specialist content:

  • Core content - develop your general understanding of the industry
  • Specialist content - covers different topics depending on the pathway you choose.

You can find out more about T Levels by watching the video below or visiting our T Level information page which includes details about the other courses available and FAQs. 


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Start dates and fees

Please be aware mandatory uniform is required - if you'd like more information you can call our enquiries team on 0808 100 3626

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What will I study?

Year 1

Core - Knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts and theories of the health industry:

  • Working within the health and science sector
  • The healthcare sector
  • Health, safety and environmental regulations in the health and science sector
  • Health and safety regulations applicable in the healthcare sector
  • Managing information and data within the health and science sector
  • Managing personal information
  • Good scientific and clinical practice
  • Providing person-centred care
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Infection prevention and control in health specific settings
  • Safeguarding.

You will study a core component for science which includes:

  • Core science concepts
  • Further science concepts in health.

You will also complete an Employer Set Project (ESP) in which you will need to undertake the following:

  • Demonstrate person-centred care skills
  • Communication.

To pass the first year of the qualification, you must successfully demonstrate the achievement of the core component which includes exams and the ESP which are graded from A* to E.

Year 2

In the second year of the T level in Health - you will progress to your chosen pathway of either the Adult Nursing Specialism or Supporting the Care of Children and Young People Specialism. Please see below for the occupational specialism units:

Adult Nursing Pathway

  • Supporting healthcare core/underpinning requirements
  • Assist with an individual’s overall care and needs to ensure comfort and wellbeing
  • Assist registered health professionals with clinical or therapeutic tasks and interventions
  • Undertake a range of physiological measurements
  • Supporting the Adult Nursing Team
  • Assist the adult nursing team with clinical tasks
  • Support individuals to meet activities of daily living
  • Assist with skin integrity assessments and the care and treatment of skin conditions.

Supporting the Care of Children and Young People Pathway

  • Supporting healthcare core/underpinning requirements
  • Assist with an individual’s overall care and needs to ensure comfort and wellbeing
  • Assist registered health professionals with clinical or therapeutic tasks and interventions
  • Undertake a range of physiological measurements
  • Supporting the Care of Children and Young People Pathway
  • Assist with clinical tasks and treatment for Children and Young People (CYP)
  • Provide care and support to CYP before, during and after clinical or therapeutic procedures
  • Support parents, families, and carers to meet the needs of the CYP.

It is important that applicants meet the entry requirements as the quality of written communication will be assessed as part of their exams; students will also be assessed on their understanding and application of maths.

In addition to the above applicants must also complete a minimum of 315 hours industry placement to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for skilled employment in their chosen occupation. This placement will be provided by the college to ensure that it meets the required standards.

English, maths and digital content are also embedded and contextualised within the health qualification content which all applicants must complete.

Entry requirements

This course is only available to 16-18 year olds.


  • A minimum of GCSE in English language, GCSE Maths and GCSE Science at grade 5 or above, plus two other GCSEs at grade 4 or above
  • Or the successful completion of a T Level Health and Science Transition Programme.

How long is the course?

Two years.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through examinations, practical assessments in class, and a project set by employers.

Upon completion you will be awarded an overall grade (Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*). A T Level is a nationally-recognised qualification and your certificate will reflect this and will display your overall grade.

The certificate will also explain your grade from A* to E for the core component and any occupational specialisms you will receive a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

It will also record whether you’ve achieved the minimum requirements for your maths and English qualifications, completed an industry placement and met any other additional mandatory requirements.

What can I progress onto?

  • Skilled employment
  • Higher level apprenticeships 
  • Higher education (university*).

*As we are a partner college of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), you may qualify for various benefits should you choose to apply to NTU after completing your college course. This could include a Progress NTU offer, where you would receive an offer one grade below their standard offer. For instance, a typical offer for one of their courses might require 128 UCAS tariff points. With Progress NTU, your requirements would be 120 UCAS tariff points. For further details, please call us on 0808 100 3626 or discover more about this benefit here.

Career opportunities

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How do I apply?

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