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Technician Scientist (Level 5)

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Life Sciences


1 year


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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 and hold relevant level 3 qualifications providing the appropriate number of UCAS points for entry to a level 5 HE programme. Other relevant prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The duration of this apprenticeship will take approximately 36 months to complete. You will study towards a foundation degree in a relevant Science discipline to the job role and be required to attend lessons during term time (20% off the job learning) to achieve this qualification.

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.

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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