Level 3 T-level Technical Qualification in Health

Course Level

Level 3


2 years full-time


315 hours




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Department of Health

Get an industry-recognised qualification equivalent to three A-levels

Clear route to progress into a skilled career or university study

Do you aspire to a career working within the health sector? If you are looking to earn a qualification that will help you progress towards higher education and jobs within this field, our T-level Health Level 3 course will provide you with the core knowledge and skills required to help kick-start your journey to your future.

University College Birmingham is one of the first colleges in the UK to offer the new T-level qualification, which combines learning in the classroom with gaining vital ‘on-the-job’ experience. On our two-year health course, you will learn about working within the health and science sector, good scientific and clinical practice, infection prevention and control in health-specific settings, alongside developing key practical and technical skills for the sector. In the second year, you can begin to specialise by choosing either an adult nursing or mental health nursing pathway.

Equivalent to three A-levels, this T-level healthcare course will help you boost your employment prospects by gaining extensive experience on a work placement in a real-world environment, supported by experts in our Hired employability team. By completing this industry-recognised qualification, you could progress onto many different roles (e.g. healthcare support worker in a health setting) as well as apprenticeships or higher education.

Why choose this college course?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Build key skills and knowledge related to health and science, as well as enhancing your English, maths and digital skills
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Shape your learning to match your career aims by specialising in either adult nursing or mental health nursing
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Get to know the world of work and gain essential industry experience through a work placement
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Boost your practical skills training in a realistic working environment
  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Our Health T-level course has been designed in collaboration with industry to ensure your skills meet employers’ needs and expectations
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Course breakdown

Topics you will study:

Year 1

Core Component and Understanding

Section A

  • 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

Section B

  • Core science concepts
  • Further science concepts

Core Skills

  • Demonstrate person-centred care
  • Communication
  • Team working
  • Reflective evaluation
  • Researching
  • Presenting

Year 2

Supporting Healthcare Core

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


Plus Occupational Specialism: Choose from either Adult Nursing or Mental Health Nursing

Occupational Specialism: 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 with the care and treatment of skin conditions

Occupational Specialism: Supporting the Mental Health Team

  • Provide care and support to individuals with mental health conditions
  • Assist the mental health team with mental health tasks and therapeutic interventions
  • Promote mental wellbeing

Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change

Entry requirements

Our health lecturers are looking for students who are committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to excel in the health and social care industry, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below.

If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email or use our live chat.

Academic requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) including English (Language or Literature), Maths and Science*. 

*The following Level 2 Science qualifications are acceptable: 

  • GCSE Single Award in Chemistry, Biology or Physics 
  • GCSE Science Double Award 
  • BTEC Level 2 in Science with a Pass profile 

English and maths

As applicants are required to achieve English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) prior to entering this course, University College Birmingham will not offer English or Maths alongside this T-level.

Supporting documents required

School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Information about the DBS check and how to apply for it will be sent to you by our placement team after enrolment. University College Birmingham will coordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Applicant criteria

As this is a 2-year study programme, you will need to be aged 16 to 18 to apply for this course.

Currently, T-level courses are only funded for learners who are under the age of 19 at the point of enrolment. However, the government is currently reviewing the T-level pathway for mature learners, which we hope will be available in the future. If you would like to apply for a related course, please consider Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health).


T-level courses require you to complete a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) on placement over the two years. You will be required to work with our Hired team to secure your placement.

Guaranteed progression

Students who achieve 56 UCAS points or more from this qualification will automatically be guaranteed a place on a degree course at University College Birmingham. Some undergraduate courses require additional entry requirements, so applicants are advised to check entry requirements before applying.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate your achievement of the Core Component and Occupational Specialism Component.

Core Component:

  • Two written examinations
  • Employer-set project (ESP)

Occupational Specialism Component:

  • A case study assessment
  • Two practical activities assessments – one for the core: Supporting Healthcare, and one for the occupational specialism
  • A professional discussion

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Uniform and kit costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £30, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)


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Work placements

Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our Hired team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our health T-level course requires you to complete a minimum of 315 hours on placement in a real working environment. Our employability tutors will visit you out on placement to ensure you gain the right practical skills.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Hollywood Rest Home
  • Jhoots Pharmacy
  • The Orchards Care Home

As a T-level student, you will be learning constantly and have opportunities to develop so many skills – some practical skills which will be brand new to you, alongside developing existing skills such as your communication and ability to work within a team. You will also learn core NHS and healthcare values and will be required to demonstrate these throughout your programme and on placement.

Kathryn Riley Head of Department of Health (Nursing and Physiotherapy)

Career opportunities

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Healthcare support worker

Average Salary: £18,000 – £21,000

Registered nurse

Starting Salary: £23,000

Dental nurse

Average Salary: £19,700

Pharmacy assistant

Average Salary: £23,000

Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)/FdSc or Nursing (Adult) BSc / Nursing (Mental Health) BSc course.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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