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Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Subject Area
Start Date
Study Mode
24 months + End Point Assessment
Level 3

Our Science Manufacturing Apprenticeship Level 3 is aimed at those seeking employment in the science industry as a manufacturing technician. As a Science Manufacturing Technician, you will operate the systems and equipment involved in the production of products.

Many companies operate under highly regulated conditions and the right attitude is needed to maintain high safety requirements.

Entry requirements

Employment in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You must have 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including Maths, English, and Science. Alternatively, a BTEC Diploma in Applied Science alongside GCSE’s in Maths and English at grade 4 or above.

What will I study?

Science Manufacturing Technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They may work in varied conditions wearing specialist safety equipment, undertaking shift work and work on sites running 365-day operations. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving their work environment.

Typical job roles

Science Manufacturing Technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products and nuclear manufacturing.

Method of Delivery

The apprenticeship will be delivered through a series of progress reviews and observations in the workplace on a 6-8-week basis checking progress against the apprenticeship. Apprentices will have a day release to attend College to study the BTEC qualification.

For the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science, there will be opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, develop various mathematical and scientific techniques, and conduct a scientific investigation.

The Apprenticeship and BTEC delivery involve a blended learning method, using classroom discussion and our virtual learning environment to enhance learning.

How will I be assessed?

There are four parts to End-Point Assessment (EPA).

  • Throughout the apprenticeship, the behaviour of the apprentice will be reviewed against the Apprenticeship and the final assessment will be graded in a Behaviour Evaluation Log (BEL).
  • The Synoptic Assessment Test (SAT) is an observation in the workplace of the ability of the apprentice to either start up, operate or shut down a process.
  • The Vocational Competence Discussion (VCD) covers the whole Apprenticeship and is an opportunity to present evidence to support elements of the standard that were not possible to demonstrate in the SAT.
  • The Scenario Case Study (SCS) will describe a scenario where the apprentice has to apply their understanding of the principles of working safely, quality and standard procedures and complying with regulations to an unfamiliar situation.

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Qualifications received

You will achieve the following:

  • Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Applied Science Level 3
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 2 (if required)

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

Ideally, once you have completed your apprenticeship you will have a job with your employer. From there, you can also look at higher levels of apprenticeships in the engineering field such as the Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer Apprenticeship.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Apprenticeship Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

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