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September Level 3 Full-Time Hartlepool Sixth Form T Levels Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

Are you looking to pursue a career that involves working with animals?

This T Level will give you the knowledge and industry-related skills required to pursue a range of careers within the animal sector by giving you an understanding of animal science.

You will need 5 GCSE's at grade 4-9, including in English, Maths and Science

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits throughout the course, which may incur a cost.

You will spend 80% of your time in college and 20% on an industry placement with an employer.

In college, you will participate in a mix of learning activities including lectures, independent and collaborative sessions, and practical and theoretical workshops.

At the end of your first year, you will complete two externally marked exams and an employer set project.

Throughout the second year of study, you will complete a variety of assignments linked to the occupational specialism,

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

As part of your course you will complete a minimum of 315 hours (45 days) in industry placement with an employer.

Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Some of the topics you will study include:

- Health and safety
- Sustainability and biosecurity
- Anatomy and physiology
- Biological cells and tissues
- Nutrition
- Animal behaviour
- Research methods and laboratory skills
- Reproductive technology
- Ethics
- Classification, evolution and selection
- Conservation and animal welfare
- Health and diseases
- Handling and restraint
- Biochemistry
- Microbiology

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What’s next?

Following the successful completion of the T Level course, you could progress into Higher Education by studying a related degree at university, or you could enter the animal management sector via an apprenticeship or entry level role.

Related careers might include roles such as:

– Animal behaviourist or trainer
– Veterinary nurse
– Army/police handlers
– Retail
– Teaching
– Environmentalist
– Zoo keeper
– Animal technician
– Ecologist
– Conservationist
– Wildlife officer

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Why sixth form is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

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99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

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