Advanced Apprenticeship in Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

  • This apprenticeship is delivered predominantly within a Laboratory environment within the College (usually on a day release basis) where the apprentice is able to access excellent resources to develop their practice.  Assessments of competence are completed within the employer’s premises.
  • The delivery team are vocationally expert and are able to share their knowledge and experience of excellent practice. 
  • The apprentice will be supported throughout the apprenticeship by a dedicated Instructor/Trainer.  The Instructor/Trainer will liaise with the employer to ensure that the progress of the apprenticeship is maintained.  In addition, the apprentice will utilise the support tools within the electronic mapping and tracking tool that the College utilises


Course Content

  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Level 3)
  • NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Level 3)
  • Functional Skills Maths (Level 2) (if required)
  • Functional Skills English (Level 2) (if required)
  • Functional Skills ICT (Level 2) (if required)


Mandatory units include:

  • Maintaining Health and Safety in a Laboratory Environment
  • Maintaining Effective and Efficient Working Relationships in the Laboratory
  • Providing Leadership for a Laboratory Team
  • Measuring, Weighing and Preparing Compounds and Solutions for Laboratory use
  • Using and Communicating Laboratory Information to Authorised Personnel

In addition you will select from a wide range of optional units to tailor the Apprenticeship to the requirements of your company, such as:

  • Encouraging problem solving and innovation in a laboratory team
  • Analysing Laboratory Samples using:
    • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
    • Gas Chromatography (GC)
    • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GCMS)
    • Gas Chromatography-Thermal Conductivity (GCTC)
  • Maintaining Cell Lines for Laboratory Activities using Cryogenic Storage

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade A* to C including Maths, English and two Science subjects

Progression Opportunities

  • Foundation Degree
  • Higher National Certificates

Job roles including:

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Clinical Scientist

Next Steps

Key Facts



Course Duration:

12 - 18 Months