Level 3 T-level Technical Qualification in Health


Course Level

Level 3


2 years full-time


315 hours


September (2021)


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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 sought after within the sector.

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@UCB 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
  • 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

Our facilities

Students on our college healthcare courses at University College Birmingham have access to our cutting-edge training facilities, providing a specialist learning environment which replicates real-life care settings to enhance your practical development.

  • Our facilities include a clinical health care environment featuring a replica ward area complete with simulation manikins.
  • The hub also includes a clinical treatment area and a typical home area simulating a community care setting.

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

Year 2

Supporting the Adult Nursing Team and 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

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

Entry requirements

  • You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English Language and Maths or Functional Skills Level 2
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the health care sector
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance

This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. University College Birmingham will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

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

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.)

Need some advice?

Our Schools Liaison team deliver drop-in sessions for you to ask any questions you have about college. Find out more here.


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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@UCB 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.

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 course.


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