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Science T Level

The Science T Level is designed to develop the knowledge and behaviours needed for excellent scientific practice as well-developing your practical skills. The expectation is that learners who complete this programme of study will go on to work as either a science technician (for example, food technologist, laboratory technician, metrology technician) or progress onto study at degree level or as a higher apprentice. Your T Level has two main components: the core (year one) and the occupational specialism (year two).

The core component will include specific knowledge in science, across Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as an introduction to the skills and behaviours needed to be successful in the Science sector.

Alongside this core content, you will complete a work placement of a minimum of 315 hours. During the placement, you will work with your employer to develop your understanding of the sector and the jobs available within it. The placement will allow you to immerse yourself in the professional world and allow you to put your knowledge into practice, as well as reflecting on your experience so that you can really develop.

Occupational specialism:
– Technical: Laboratory sciences
This occupational specialism will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to enter employment or further study in your specific occupational area e.g. working as a laboratory technician.

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Sep 2023 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB372 (2023)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years
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Course details


The core component is assessed by written examinations and an employer-set project. The combined results from these assessments will be aggregated to form the overall core component grade (A* to E and U).

The occupational specialism is assessed by a synoptic assignment. This assessment is graded as a distinction/merit/pass.

Entry Requirements

You will need a Grade 5 in GCSE English, Maths and Science for this course, as well as at least two other GCSEs at Grade 4 or above.


Upon successful completion of this course, you may wish to move on to further education or full-time employment e.g. Science technician (laboratory technician).

Facilities and resources

We have laboratory facilities for science-based learning, links to local employers, excellent online accessible resources for when you need to access learning remotely. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support and guide you through the whole programme.


Q: Can I choose where I do my work placement?

A: You will need to work with an employer who can support this programme, so this will be discussed in conjunction with your tutor.

Q: What about support for my learning needs in placement?

A: We will work with the employers and yourself to make sure you are not disadvantaged by any learning needs e.g. dyslexia.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Starting Date : 04/09/2023
Course Code : FTB372 (2023) North Devon campus Apply

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Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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