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Laboratory and Science Technician — Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Apprenticeship outline

This occupation is found in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services, dental laboratories and educational establishments.

The broad purpose of the occupation is working at the forefront of technology to carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing (and manufacturing where relevant) and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.

You will study:

  • BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science
  • Laboratory Technician Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours

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Study location City Hub 111 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7HB

Day Release

Start date



Laboratory and Science Technician - Level 3 Standard


24 months plus 3 months End Point Assessment

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4/A* to C or equivalent including Science, English Language and Maths. Some employers may require additional qualifications depending on the role.

You will also need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply, but will need to complete Functional Skills at level 2.

All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling.

Teaching & assessment

You will attend the college on a day release bases to complete the National Diploma, which consists of assignments and external exams. There is also an End Point Assessment at the end of the qualification, which consists of an synoptic observation, professional discussion and case study. You will undertake this once the behavioural log has been achieved.


You could progress to the Level 5 Technician Scientist.

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