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Laboratory Technician – Apprenticeship (Standard)

This apprenticeship contains elements of knowledge and practical skills for laboratory technicians who work in a wide range of organisations, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology and analytical science services. Laboratory technicians may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across an organisation.

When you study this apprenticeship you will achieve both a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science & a NVQ Level 3 in Laboratory and Associated Technical activities.

During this apprenticeship, you will be required to learn the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:

– Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems.
– Understand and follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace.
– Understand the internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the sector and the employer, and comply with regulations proficiently.
– Prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods.
– Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures.
– Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required.
– Produce reliable, accurate data and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results.
– Analyse, interpret and evaluate data and identify results requiring further investigation seeking advice of senior colleagues as appropriate.
– Understand and apply statistical techniques for data presentation.
– Communicate scientific information appropriately, including the use of Laboratory Information Management systems, either digital or paper based.
– Recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions.
– Develop and apply theoretical knowledge of relevant science and technology required for the sector and job role.
– Understand the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct.

– Communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking; listening; writing; body language; presentation work and interact effectively within a team.
– Work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks.
– Understand impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality.
– Time management and ability to complete work to schedule.
– Ability to handle change and respond to change management processes.

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Anytime from Aug 2021 : Mid Devon : Part-time
Course Code : AT76 (2021)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years

Cost : Total Fee £21000

Mid Devon campus Apply
Anytime from Sep 2022 : Mid Devon : Part-time
Course Code : AT76 (2022)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years

Cost : * Total Fee £21006

Mid Devon campus Apply

Course details


Assessment for the NVQ will involve regular assessments of your practical skills and behaviours involving both your employer and the assessor. The assessments will involve a range of assessment tools such as; knowledge tests, competency-based interviews, assessment of portfolio evidence and professional discussions.

Towards the end of the apprenticeship, you will complete an end-point assessment. The BTEC will be delivered at college (one day a week) and will be assessed by a series of assignments. During the course of the apprenticeship, you will be set SMART targets to aide your development, and skills to fully support the completion of your end-point assessment.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices without a Level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship. You must complete a Level 3 or 4 qualification in a science or technology discipline relevant to your occupation, prior to completing the end-point assessment.


Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you could further develop your knowledge through a higher level apprenticeship.

Facilities and resources

As an apprentice, you will have full access to the college facilities.

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Staring Date : 01/08/2021
Course Code : AT76 (2021) Mid Devon campus Apply
Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : AT76 (2022) Mid Devon campus Apply

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