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Our T Level in Health is the perfect medicine to get industry-ready

“At SCCB, we have a fantastic hospital room, with specialised equipment and specialised teachers.

As a teacher, I’m a qualified nurse and I always provide real-life scenarios. We have a lot of experienced teachers that have the knowledge and that real industry background.”

Charlotte Miles, Lecturer for Health & Social Care at our Bournville campus and qualified nurse

Are you the caring one amongst your friends? Considering a career in the health sector, where your compassion can change lives for the better?

Pick a pathway that gives you real industry experience and skills, with a more technical alternative to A Levels: our T Level in Health.

How does a T Level work, you ask? Let’s talk to our terrific tutor! Charlotte Miles, Lecturer for Health & Social Care at our Bournville campus and qualified nurse, is on call to break down why our T Level in Health should be your first step into one of the most rewarding and important careers.


What can learners expect on a T Level in Health?

Our T Level course is trying to get more people ready for working within the NHS. There is a big emphasis on practical learning, practical activities, and gaining that real NHS experience with placements.

The T Level is a 2-year course. In the 1st year it is very theory based, but still has placements and some practicals are part of the teaching. The second year is more hands-on practicals. We have external professionals come in, giving talks and delivering teaching sessions, so it’s not just the teacher delivering the theory.

Students will learn all the theory: from the structure of the NHS and our care system, to the science and biology aspects of it, as well as health and safety, safeguarding and ethics, researching and much more.

There are exams instead of assignments, but we prepare students with formative assessments throughout the duration of the course.

Charlotte

Why is doing a T Level just as good, if not better, than A Levels?

There are LOTS of practical activities in a T Level! Students on this course learn to care for a patient by looking at their basic needs. From hygiene to toileting, to doing their baseline measurements, to understanding and observing patients when they are maybe poorly and they need interventions.

We then put that learning into real-life scenarios and connect with their placements. Students will be able to work on the wards with real health professionals, gaining experience and extra knowledge, and understanding the work ethic of nursing and working for the NHS.

Charlotte

Why should students consider Health?

It’s a very rewarding job with great job satisfaction. You can provide empathy and compassion and make a real difference to somebody’s life.

We NEED really good nurses here in the UK – we do have a shortage of nursing. We really need to encourage individuals to take up nursing through gaining knowledge and skills prior to going to university to do nursing, so they understand the role and responsibilities.

Charlotte

What can learners do beyond their T Level?

You could enter the workforce in the health sector or continue studying at university. We are connected with NHS trusts, who provide additional courses and qualifications.

We are also connected with the Royal College of Nursing for additional training like manual handling and CPR health & safety. Any extra experience or courses, students can do free online!

Charlotte

Why study at South & City College Birmingham in particular?

South & City College Birmingham is a massive college. We can offer so much to our students.

We have close connections with the local hospitals network: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, The Royal Orthopaedic, Heartlands, Solihull and the Primary Care Setting.

We have a fantastic hospital room, facilities and equipment to be able to deliver the T Level in Health. We have specialised equipment and teachers who are specialised in the nursing field.

I’m a qualified nurse and I always provide real-life scenarios. We have a lot of experienced teachers that have the knowledge and that real industry background.

Charlotte

Thank you so much, Charlotte!


Take your first step into one of the most important and rewarding careers in the world: in the health sector.