York College

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Health services and public health managers and directors

Up to £48,000

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Environmental health professionals

Up to £31,000

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Health and safety officers

Up to £18,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.


This qualification will provide classroom theory, practical learning and 315 hours industry placement with an employer. It has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that it meets the needs of industry and to ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment or higher level technical training relevant to the T Level.


Two year course.

What will I study?

The Technical Qualification is the main classroom-based element of the course and consists of two parts:

Core Content
There are two components in the Core Content: Route Core Component and Pathway Core Component.
These provide you with the knowledge that underpins the industry with topics covering the following areas:

  • Working within the Health Sector
  • Health and Safety and Environmental Regulations in the Health Sector
  • Managing Information and Data within the Health Sector
  • Good Clinical Practice

The breadth of content will ensure you can apply your skills for different purposes and in different roles.

Occupational Specialisms
The Occupational Specialisms provide you with knowledge and skills required to enter employment or further study in the specific occupational area. There are two parts to the Specialisms component:

  • Occupational Specialism Core: Supporting Healthcare
  • Supporting the Adult Nursing Team 

The industry placement allows you to develop your subject specific skills as well as those necessary to working in any environment, such as effective planning, working with others, health and safety and promoting equality and diversity.

Additional costs

You will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting the course, for which there will be a charge. There is an optional cost to purchase the course textbook.

Method of delivery

Your studies will be across three full days per week. These will be mainly classroom based but you will also experience practical sessions in our simulation care unit. Over the two years of your technical qualification studies you will spend 80% on College-based studies and 20% on employer work experience. Your studies in College will be a combination of 30% online learning and 70% face to face on site, with 90% classroom based and 10% undertaking simulated practical activities. Our methods of delivery will include to large groups of students online, accompanied by workshops, tutorials, some independent studies, problem solving and work-based learning. 

How will I be assessed?

Core Content component: 

  • Paper A written examination
  • Paper B written examination
  • Employer-set project

In order to achieve a grade for the Core Content component, you must achieve results for both written examinations and the employer-set project. The combined results from these will be aggregated to form the overall Core component grade (A* to E and U). 

If you fail to reach the minimum standard across all of these, you will receive a U grade. No overall grade will be issued for the Core component until all elements have been attempted. 

Occupational Specialism component: 

  • Synoptic assignments 

You are also required to successfully achieve a Distinction/Merit/Pass grade in one of the Occupational Specialism components. If you fail to reach the specified level of attainment, you will receive a U grade.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

This technical qualification will support students onto a range of progression routes including employment, higher education and higher apprenticeships.

*This qualification will be offered for the first time in September 2021 and details may be subject to change. This page will be updated accordingly and for further information please speak to our staff at one of our Open Events.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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