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Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Key course information

Life Sciences


35 weeks


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Course Overview

As a Laboratory technician you will carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions to assist the daily practical activities of the Health & Life Sciences curriculum and across the organisation for other curriculum areas and campuses.You will be expected to work both individually with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken and as part of the laboratory team.

What will I learn?

Scientific techniques, procedures and methods
Specified methodologies, Standard Operating Procedures and safety standards
Technical competence in the use of specified instrumentation
Maintenance and calibration of equipment
Technical help in class for lecturers and learners
Laboratory Information Management systems, budgets and auditing
Appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions

The behaviour units include:
Communicate effectively using a full range of skills
Work and interact effectively within a team
Work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks
Understand impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
Time management and ability to complete work to schedule
Ability to handle change and respond to change management processes

Entry Requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE's (or equivalent) including Science, Maths and English at grade C or above.
All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT, where a Level 1 grade must be achieved for acceptance into the apprenticeship programme.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The duration of this apprenticeship will take 24 to 36 months to complete. You will study towards the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science and will be required to attend lessons for 1 day per week during term time.

The apprenticeship is recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) level, for which there is a requirement that the technician will participate in subsequent continuing professional development on completion of the apprenticeship.

Additional Costs and Information

Apprenticeships usually take between 24 and 36 months to complete, although the actual duration will depend on your job role and previous experience.

You will usually need to attend college for one day per week during term time, with occasional workshops during the half terms and holidays.

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Life Sciences

Career Opportunities

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist

  • Microbiologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Toxicologist

There are more than 100 forensic science courses on offer at universities

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