Science

Course content, course specifications, outlines, teaching and assessment resources for the Science T Level. 

Core content

All students 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

They will also learn about topics specific to science:

  • 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

Options to specialise

In addition to the core content, each student must choose 1 of the following specialisms in technical science:

  • laboratory sciences
  • food sciences
  • metrology sciences

Awarding Organisation resources

NCFE has developed a wide range of resources to help providers to deliver the Science T Level.

Registration, entries and results

  • Information on how to register learners for their T Level as well as how to make bookings for the correct assessment series can be found here

Tutor resources (found in the teaching materials tab on this page) includes:

  • Schemes of work – They contain information on the qualification's learning outcomes, activities and resources for learners. Tutors may use it to outline how they will deliver the programme. These are available for the core and occupational specialisms.
  • Core resources – covering some of the key topic areas, including session plans, lesson activities, e-Learning module, home study activities and revision and study sessions.
  • Occupational specialisms resources – session packs, including session plan, lesson activities, e-Learning module, and home study activities.

Assessment guidance (found in the assessment materials tab on this page) includes:

  • Past papers mark schemes and chief examiner reports for core and occupational specialisms (also includes specimen papers and mark schemes)
  • Example Employer Set Projects, with briefs, tutor guidance and mark schemes

Other resources include:

Additional considerations for this course

DBS basic or enhanced checks and disqualified disclosure
Where required, students should complete this check before they start their industry placement.

Health check
Before starting their industry placement, students should have the relevant inoculations and
immunisations. These will be determined by the employers they are doing their placement with.

Food and hygiene (for Food Science occupational specialism only)
Dependent on the nature of the industry placement, it may help students to do some relevant food and hygiene training before they start.

Gatsby guidance

Resources:

Further teaching resources to support the delivery of the Science T Level can be found here. The Technical Education Networks programme supports teachers bringing industry and the classroom closer together by delivering an engaging and enriched curriculum for their students in an evolving education landscape, drawing on expertise of specialist teachers, employers and professional bodies.

Research – Macrosequencing of curriculum:

A research project exploring the macro-sequencing of T Level curriculum. The research resource, available here, presents two models for T Level in Science together with feedback on implementing diagnostic assessments, sequencing core and occupational specialism content, embedding skills into the curriculum and implementing industry placements.

 

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