OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in
Laboratory Skills

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Students will develop professional and practical skills through carrying out real experiments and research, working with local employers who can provide a workplace setting or national research projects.

You will gain an understanding of the different types of scientific industries and settings plus how laboratory design can vary across organisations and sectors. Students will apply their skills, knowledge and understanding to activities relevant to one pathway: food, environmental or human sciences.

Course Content

Across two years the course will cover a selection of the following topics:

  • Science Fundamentals
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Analysis and Reporting
  • Human Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Control of Hazards in the Laboratory
  • Human Nutrition
  • Cell Biology
  • Testing Consumer Products
  • Drug Development
  • Microbiology

Assessment will be through a combination of internal and external assessment – coursework and examination.


This L3 Laboratory Skills Technical Diploma is the equivalent of two A levels


Entry Requirements

GCSE English Language, Maths and two sciences at grade 4 (these can be core and additional science or any two separate science subjects)

Progression Opportunities

This is a Level 3 qualification which is the equivalent to two A levels (students are expected to study an A Level alongside this). This qualification can be used for applications to Higher Education programmes or to employment within the scientific field.


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Key Facts


  • September 2019

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time



Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact Student Recruitment for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 19/20SFH0171

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