What are T Levels?

T Levels are new nationally recognised qualifications that are taken over 2 years after GCSEs. With a combination of classroom learning and work placements, these qualifications are career-focused and an alternative to A Levels, particularly appealing to students who have a career pathway in mind. One T Level is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Unlike other courses, T Levels blend technical learning with vital hands-on experience.

What T Levels are available?

From September 2022, Birkenhead Sixth Form College will be offering a new T Level:
SCIENCE – with a specialism in Laboratory Sciences

Why choose a T Level?

They are a new option after GCSEs and nationally recognised by employers, apprenticeship providers and universities
Courses have been designed with leading sector experts to develop the relevant skills and knowledge for specific career paths
They give students the chance to learn what a real career is like while continuing to study
45 days of placements are included in the course and placements are arranged by the College

What do T Levels lead to?

Employment, higher-level apprenticeship or university are all options at the end of the two years.

How are T Levels graded?

At the end of the two years, students will be awarded an overall grade of either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

A T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A Levels at A* and will be recognised by universities and other education providers so students can choose to continue to study further.

Any questions?

If you have any question or would like further information once you have read the course information, please email enrol@bsfc.ac.uk.



Specialising in Laboratory Sciences, this course is particularly suited to those interested in becoming a skilled laboratory worker, working in laboratory science or wanting to be part of the next big scientific breakthrough.


  • All students will develop a general understanding of health and science:
  • working within the science and health 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
  • 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

Plus a specialism in Laboratory Sciences.


The College will arrange your placements and it will be in a real science setting with local employers.  You will typically do one day a week on placement and full support will be given to you before, during and after your placement.


Assessment will be through a combination of exams, projects and coursework.


5 GCSEs including Maths, English Language and a Science - a minimum of three GCSE at grade 4 and two GCSEs at grade 5. 


To apply, please complete the College online application form:

Please note places are limited and, If necessary, applications may close early for this courses if demand is high.

If you would like to register your interest in studying the Science T Level and would like to hear more information in the future, please fill in the form below: