15 June 2022

Birkenhead Sixth Form College continued to line up the highest level work placements as part of the new Science T Level qualification by working alongside science industry pioneer AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca are a global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company headquartered in the UK, and join a list of science industry giants that are offering work placement to College students sitting the new T Level qualification.

The Science T Level course begins in September 2022 at the College, and is aimed at students who have a set career path in science in mind, with a specialism in laboratory science. The qualification involves 80% classroom learning within College alongside 20% work placement across two years in a science environment most suited to the individual student.

Work placements availabilities on the course include Wirral University Teaching Hospital opportunities at Arrowe Park, places at BioGrad, Innospec, Pharmaron, Liverpool Clinical Laboratories, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and more.

Studying at Birkenhead Sixth Form College also means that T Level students benefit from the expert pastoral and careers support from the Student Development Team and the chance to get involved in the full range of clubs, activities and societies that every student has available to them across A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses.         

Head of T Levels at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Jo Hartley-Metcalfe, said: “Securing invaluable work placement opportunities with industry leaders like AstraZeneca just shows the esteem that the new T Level course should be held in. As leaders in sixth form education, the College is proud to work alongside science industry giants to offer the best possible opportunities for students to study here and also excel in the workplace.

“We are really excited for the Science T Level course to start, and can’t wait to see our students achieve great things in both the classroom and on work placement. The experiences that students studying the Science T Level will be second-to-none and this is an incredible option for the scientists of the future.”

Learning Partner at AstraZeneca, Annette Lewis, said: "We’re excited to support young people in building their careers in science from the earliest possible opportunity by partnering with Birkenhead Sixth Form College to pilot T level placements at AstraZeneca. We are entrepreneurial in our approach, seeking new opportunities to bring science to life, make careers in science accessible, and add value to our communities by sharing our passion for improving the lives of patients. Our T Level placement will help us to achieve this and, we hope, open up a future in this exciting industry for the right person."

Fore more on studying the Science T Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, click here.