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Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Health and Social Care: T Level Supporting The Mental Health Team Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The course will start in September 2024 and will take two years to complete.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including GCSE English, Maths and Science.


  • Level 2 Health and Social care grade A, plus GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade 4.
  • T-Level courses are only available for 16-18 year olds.

You will achieve

You will achieve a T Level in Supporting the Mental Health Team.

Course overview

Studying this course is the ideal choice for students who aspire to work in the health sector. This 2-year course will provide valuable practical and theoretical experience of the sector and the principles that underpin the care management of patients. The T level is a two-year technical study programme developed in collaboration with employers and education providers, so the content meets the needs of the industry and prepares students for entry into skilled employment, apprenticeships, or higher education.

T Levels will provide a mixture of:

  • Technical knowledge and skills specific to a chosen industry or occupation.
  • An industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation.
  • Relevant Maths, English and digital skills which underpin your future role.

Course content

The T Level is split into two components:

Core Component: This element of your study will provide knowledge and understanding, underpinning key concepts, theories, principles and core skills relevant to the T Level and the subject sector. These include:

  • A1: Working within the health and science sector
  • A2: The healthcare sector
  • A3: Health, Safety and environmental regulations in the health and science sector
  • A4: Health and safety regulations applicable in the health and science sector
  • A5: Managing information and data within health and science sectors
  • A6: Managing personal information
  • A7: Good scientific and clinical practice
  • A8: Providing person-centred care
  • A9: Health and wellbeing
  • A10: Infection prevention and control in health-specific settings
  • A11: Safeguarding

Core components Science concepts:

  • B1: Core science concepts
  • B2: Further science concepts

Core skills

  • CS1: Demonstrate Person-centred care skills
  • CS2: Communication
  • CS3: Team working
  • CS4: Reflective evaluation
  • CS5: Researching
  • CS6: Presenting

Occupational Specialism: This provides the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to achieve competence in ‘Supporting the Mental Health Team’. You will complete one Occupational Specialism, and the knowledge, and skills you will develop will be informed by the following:

  1. Provide care and support to individuals with mental health conditions
  2. Assist the mental health team with mental health tasks and therapeutic interventions
  3. Promote mental wellbeing

This will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to enter employment or further study in the specific occupational area.

Core Component:
• Paper A written examination
• Paper B written examination
• Employer-set project

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

Occupational Specialism Component:
• Synoptic assignments

You will also be required to successfully achieve a Distinction/Merit/Pass grade in one of the Occupational Specialism Components.

  • Current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure certificate.
  • Textbooks recommended by your tutor.
  • Willingness to travel to your work placements (this may on occasion involve two bus journeys).
  • Stationery.
  • Barnsley College Tunic will be required as the uniform for work placements.

Upon course completion and depending on your chosen occupational specialism you could progress to the following:
• Employment
• Higher Education
• Degree Apprenticeship

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Health and Social Care: T Level Supporting The Mental Health Team Level 3 Full-time

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