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Laboratory technicians

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Course Length

30 months.

Role Profile

Our Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship is aimed at those seeking employment as a technician in the science industry or supporting the education sector. There is demand across the country for skilled and qualified technicians and employers need committed, well-trained and enthusiastic workers. The work can be very varied depending on the institution. You will be working in an area where working safely and ethically is a high priority as many companies operate under highly regulated conditions. Laboratory Technicians are expected to work both independently and as part of a wider team. You will work with minimum supervision, and your ability to take responsibility for the quality of your work is crucial. You will develop skills that enables you to be proactive in problem solving and identifying areas for improving the business.

Typical Job roles

Laboratory Technicians work in a range of environments.

In the education sector, you may specialise into a subject like Biology, Chemistry or Physics, take responsibilities for specific year groups, work as a lone technician, or support an entire department. In the industry sector, there is a wide array of job opportunities and careers available in sectors such as chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies and analytical science services.

Entry Requirements

Employed for minimum of 30 hours per week. Five GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent), including Maths, English, and Science. Alternatively a BTEC Diploma in Applied Science alongside GCSE’s (or equivalent) in Maths and English (grade C/ 4 or above).


You will gain the following:

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

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment

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 towards the Standards. Apprentices will have a day release to attend College to study the BTEC. 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 HABC Working Safely Certificate is a one day course covering the fundamentals of health and safety in the workplace. The Apprenticeship and BTEC delivery involve a blended learning method, using classroom discussion and our virtual learning environment to enhance learning.

End Point Assessment

There are three parts to End Point Assessment (EPA):

The Knowledge Test (KT) which involves the need for memory recall of fundamental knowledge areas to ensure the role is carried out safely, accurately and cost-effectively.

There is an Observation with Questioning (OwQ) where an independent assessor observes the apprentice demonstrate occupational competence as a laboratory technician performing a laboratory experiment and their ability to work safely, follow procedures, ensure compliance with regulations and follow quality systems.

There is a Structured Interview (SI) which explore the knowledge, skills and behaviours of an Apprentice that can’t easily be covered by an observation or simple multiple-choice test.

Career Progression

Ideally, once you have completed your apprenticeship you will have a job with your employer. From the Level 3 Laboratory Technician Advanced Apprenticeship, you can then progress onto higher level apprenticeships.


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