Level Three Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

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Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies and analytical science services. A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. In any context working safety and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

What will I study?

  • Principles and applications of science 1 and 2
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Investigative project

You will achieve the BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Science within the apprenticeship

How will I be assessed?

  • End Point Assessment
  • Competence observation/technical project discussion
  • Professional discussion
  • Scenario based case study

How will the course be delivered?

1 day a week with the college for a 12 month period plus 3 months End Point Assessment, with work based training and assessment activities on a monthly basis for 12-15 months.

Each year will have learner reviews with the employer every 8 weeks and at least two of these reviews will take the form of a formal assessment day with East Riding College and the Employer.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, trainability tests, or other criteria. Most candidates will have English and mathematics at level 2 on entry.

What next?

Completing this apprenticeship provides individuals with the opportunity for RSciTech registration as Registered Science Technician. However, prior to applying to RSciTech, apprentices need to achieve a relevant level 3 qualification or equivalent in addition to this apprenticeship and be a member of a relevant professional body. 

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

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