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Laboratory Sciences T-Level

This is a two-year, technical study programme, designed with employers to give you the skills that the science industry needs.

  • Course Description

    The course provides a mixture of technical knowledge and skills specific to the science industry and a work placement of at least 45 days in your chosen occupation. On completion of the course you will be able to choose between moving into a skilled occupation or further study in science, for example, a higher or degree level apprenticeship, or higher level technical study, including higher education.

  • Entry Requirements
    • 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including maths, English and double science Or
    • Level 2 BTEC Applied Science at Merit or Distinction and Maths and English GCSE grade 4 or above And
    • An interview to identify suitability of the course
  • Course Length

    4 days in college and 1 day at work placement

  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    • BSc Bioscience
    • Science technician
    • Laboratory Science: higher or Degree Apprenticeship
    • Science-related degree in Higher Education
  • Course Fees
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    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    • Core Knowledge and understanding in Science: the science sector the range of job roles and organisations in the science sector, science concepts (knowledge in biology, chemistry and physics), safety, health and environmental practices (biohazards, legislation), scientific methods, data handling, knowledge of experimental equipment and laboratory techniques, the ethics of science.

    • Project management skills: research and problem solving, working with others, communication, evaluation

    • Practical skills in Laboratory Science: Planning laboratory techniques, using scientific equipment, health and safety practices, data processing, scientific method

    • Industry placement (45 days)

    • English, maths and digital skills relevant to the science sector

    How is my course assessed?

    Your Core scientific knowledge and skills are assessed through an externally set test and an employer-set project (graded A*-U) Your technical knowledge and skills in laboratory science are assessed through practical assignments (graded Pass, Merit, Distinction)

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 2 years

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Success story

Lexy Marchant

Science (Forensic) - Level 3

Lexy chose to study at CWA for its great facilities and its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. She is currently studying Biomedical Science at university.

"Going to CWA opened the door to university for me. I worked really hard to achieve what I wanted and if it wasn’t for my amazing tutors, I wouldn’t be at uni today, doing the subject I love. I learnt a lot more about microbiology than a lot of people at 6th form and then when I got to uni, I realised I knew a lot more than most undergraduates.

Lexy added, "CWA has helped me realise my potential. It made me reach for goals higher than I ever thought I was capable of. It solidified my love for science, something that I will always have with me and this has opened many doors and given me a breadth of skills I can use in any setting."

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