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2 Years
Milnthorpe Road Campus


The UK is widely recognised as one of the world leaders in science. Hence, opportunities are plentiful for students interested in pursuing a career in the applied sciences.

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Course Overview

The T-Level Science is a new Level 3 qualification that will allow you to explore all three key science disciplines, Chemistry, Biology and Physics, both practically and theoretically. Across the two-year programme, you will develop your scientific practical techniques and research skills alongside your scientific presentation skills. All the areas covered in the course will prepare you for your future career in the science world.

The course has four key parts: Core A, Core B, ESP, and Occupational Specialism (OS). Core A and B are examination-based units, with two 2.5-hour written exam papers at the end of your first year. The ESP and OS are coursework/controlled assessment-based. Alongside this you will also complete 315 hours of work placement which aligns to the core content of the programme and direct experience within the sector.

Core A will teach you how to BE a scientist. In this course section, you will learn how to work in a laboratory and the key impacts that your role might have across many scientific professions. You will learn the different legislations that must be adhered to during your time in a laboratory and the skills that a research scientist must possess.

Core B will teach you various scientific knowledge, preparing you for several different post-Level 3 career options. In Biology, you will look more in-depth into human cells and their development. You will explore DNA and genetics, understanding the underpinning of all biological life and pathogens and other diseases that will affect that life. In Chemistry, you will learn how and why certain elements react and how analytical chemists can identify different chemical compounds to aid in various situations. In physics, you will explore waves, their involvement in nuclear science, and the uses and properties of electricity and magnets.

Your ESP, or Employer Set Project, allows you to create your own scientific plan to solve a contemporary issue within science. You will conduct your own research, plan your research practical, analyse your own findings and present your findings in a report and scientific poster format.

Your OS will run throughout your second year. In this, you will continue to build and develop on the knowledge you started in Core A and B, developing your professionalism, scientific knowledge, and skills.

The first year will be graded on an A*-E grading scale, and the second is a Distinction*-Pass grading scale. Once you have completed the course, you will have a T-Level in Science, and your grade profile for applying for your next step will combine the two, and you will leave with a D*-P grade.

The Science department aims to allow you to go on one international trip during your two years in college. This is to develop your knowledge of the world alongside expanding your science knowledge. We enjoy taking learners on trips to universities to see what courses are available across both the North West and East of England. We want to enrich your education during your time here, focusing on developing your scientific knowledge with various trips to local hospitals, museums, and other attractions.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the Science T-Level are 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language, Maths and Science.

After Your Course

Many people who study T-Level Science end up moving on to university to study a variety of topics across science and healthcare. There are several NHS based apprenticeships across Cumbria and Lancaster that several learners may find interesting and will use the skills developed on this course. The final pathway from the science T-Level would be straight into working in a laboratory as a trainee science technician.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.

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