Laboratory Technician Advanced Apprenticeship
Start Date: 4th January 2021
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Looking for a career in science?
A Laboratory Technician apprenticeship will allow you to work in a wide range of industries including Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and educational establishments. You will be trained to carry out laboratory testing as well as perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation in which you work.
The Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship will prepare you for finding solutions to problems you may encounter in the workplace, as well as identifying areas for improvement. You will be trained in how to work safely and efficiently both individually and as part of a team.
The qualification has been carefully linked to the apprenticeship and your day release will allow you to study with us and complete a vocationally relevant qualification, being taught by experts in the field.
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and maths
What will I achieve?
- BTEC 120 Credit Level 3 Diploma Applied Science
What will I learn?
- Fundamentals of science
- Perceptions of science
- Scientific practical techniques
- Chemical laboratory techniques
- Working in the science industry
- Scientific investigations
- Using statistics in science
- Using mathematical tools in science
- Mathematical calculations and informatics for science
- Using science in the workplace
- Physiology of human body systems
- Physiology of human regulation and reproduction
- Biochemistry and biochemical reactions
- Energy changes, sources and applications
- Microbiological techniques
- Chemistry for biology technicians
- Genetics and genetic engineering
- Practical chemical analysis
- Medical physics techniques
- Biomedical science techniques
- Science for environmental technicians
- Industrial chemical reactions
- Chemical periodicity and its applications
- Industrial applications of organic chemistry
- Diseases and infections
How is the course taught?
- Learning onsite at work
- Independent and group work
- Practical work
- Class and group discussions
How am I assessed?
- Knowledge test
- Observation with questioning
- Structured interview (undertaken alongside a portfolio of evidence)
- Report writing
- Practical sessions
English and Maths
English and maths is taught alongside this course, to help you enhance your skills.
The course will help you build on your English and maths skills in vocationally relevant ways. This will include essay and lab report writing, research and referencing, working with results and completing calculations, and using relevant statistical tests to analyse your data.
Where can I progress?
After you successfully complete this apprenticeship, you can progress onto the Level 6 Laboratory Scientist apprenticeship with Newcastle College. Alternatively, you can start a job in industry as a Laboratory Technician or Laboratory Assistant.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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- Tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions.
- Analyses results and experimental data.
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- Develops experimental procedures, instruments and recording and testing systems.
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- Analyses the effect of hereditary, social and physical factors on thought and behaviour.
- Observes and experiments on humans and animals to measure mental and physical characteristics.
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- Develops and administers tests to measure intelligence, abilities, aptitudes, etc. and assesses results.