Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inLaboratory Technician

A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. In any context working safely and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines.

Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

  • Rated outstanding for apprenticeships in our June 2017 ofsted inspection
    Ofsted - Outstanding Provider

Key Facts

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College Code: C-AP3LBTC

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Existing employees working within a Life Sciences and/or Industrial Science profession who have hands on experience but desire a Laboratory Technician qualification for further development or for new entrants into the sector.

Course Content

  • Science Fundamentals
  • Microbiology
  • Understand Regulatory Environment
  • Product Testing Techniques
  • Control of Hazards in the Laboratory
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Quality Procedures
  • Data Protection
  • Analysis, interpretation and evaluation of data

Qualifications included in the Apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Laboratory Skills
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English and maths (if required)

Assessment Methods

  • Regular formative reviews between employer, apprentice and the college
  • Development of assignments demonstrating learning from their job role or work place
  • Practical observation to assess the application of skills within the workplace
  • Professional discussion to holistically assess Knowledge Skills and Behaviours across the standard and will be informed by reflective portfolio
  • Review of behaviours evaluation log
  • Synoptic assessment test
  • Scenario case study

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 4(C) or above including English, Maths and Science.

English & Maths

If an Apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 (GCSE C/4 or above) English & Maths they must study for and achieve Functional Skills Level 2 English & Maths.

This will be completed through a day release to attend Loughborough College.

Progression Opportunities

Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor

Delivery Model

Work based training and assessments to complement the skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace

College based training currently one day per week day (term time only)

Day release to complete Functional Skills if required

Average duration is 24 months which includes an End Point Assessment

Payment Breakdown

Levy payers pay 100% of training costs via Levy.

Non Levy employers with 50+ staff or for an Apprentice aged 19+ - pay 5% of training costs.

Non Levy Employers with less than 50 staff and an Apprentice aged 18 or younger, fully funded.

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