Apprenticeship Standard (Level 3) - Laboratory Technician
Science and Mathematics
What will you be working towards?
You will learn about the fundamentals of science, relevant and up to date practical skills to support your employment and develop broader scientific skills such as academic writing, referencing and research. During your course you will be taught in well equipped science laboratories by staff experienced in delivering science to people who are employed in the industry
This course is designed for students who:
• Are employed within a laboratory setting
• Have a keen interest in laboratory work
• Enjoy lab work and discovering themselves in practical situations
• Want a qualification that is relevant and helpful to their careers
This apprenticeship covers three elements:
1. Technical Certificate - BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (6 units over one year) or Diploma (6 units over two years) in Applied Science.
2. Either NVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities, which is aimed at those working in either an industrial or educational lab environment and covers sampling, testing and calibration procedures (Industrial Environment) and preparing and maintaining resources for teaching (Educational Environment)
OR NVQ in Laboratory Science aimed at those working in medical or hospital laboratories in areas such as microbiology, biochemistry, pathology and cytology.
Both NVQs provide a thorough introduction to Health & Safety requirements in a laboratory environment, the use of laboratory information systems and the importance of effective working relationships within teams.
3. IOSH Certificate.
How will it be delivered?
Assessment for the NVQ element of the Apprenticeship takes the form of assessments in the workplace as you carry out your everyday duties.
Assessment for the Technical Certificate is as follows:
Mandatory Units in YR 1:
• Principles and Applications of Science I: external exams in May/June
• Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques: internally assessed coursework
• Science Investigation Skills: externally set practical assessment to be carried out at college and marked by exam board
Two additional units are taken each year from the following units (these are assessed through coursework)
• Physiology of Human Body Systems
• Genetics and Genetic Engineering
• Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
• Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
• Practical Chemical Analysis
• Electrical Circuits
End Point Assessment
At the end of the apprenticeship each apprentice will have a formal graded end assessment. This is conducted in the workplace by external assessors (not associated with the college). This will consist of a review of the behaviours log, synoptic assessment test, vocational competence, discussion and a scenario case study.
Candidates must have a relevant Level 2 Laboratory Science qualification (or equivalent). Candidates must also have GCSEs in Maths and English at Grade 4 or above (or C grade equivalent) plus two relevant science GCSEs.
Your next steps...
This programme opens up career opportunities with your chosen industry through promotion. It may also help you consider new job roles such as working in a research laboratory, hospital laboratory, environmental science laboratory, or laboratory within an educational establishment or might also offer the chance to continue your studies at a higher level. Students could consider L4 vocational science programmes within the college or HE progression onto a wide variety of courses such as biochemistry, biomedical science etc.