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Science Laboratory Skills Cambridge Technical Diploma at St John's Marlborough

Course description

Fancy continuing your formal science education? It could well be that this diploma is for you!

Cambridge Technicals offer creative and inspiring vocational qualifications to give a high quality, work focused alternative to A Levels. Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Laboratory Skills offer specialist pathways in environmental science, food science and human science. Students choose one of these 3 pathways.

The qualification has been designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, this qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.

Course content

Through this diploma you will develop professional and practical skills through carrying out real experiments and research, working with local employers who can provide a workplace setting or national research projects that use volunteers to gather data, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. This will allow you to practice lab techniques required in an industrial setting using equipment that may not be readily available in the classroom.

There are both compulsory and optional units, for each pathway. Each pathway comprises of a number of different units. Below is a full list of possible units:

  • Science fundamentals
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Scientific analysis and reports
  • Human physiology
  • Genetics
  • Control of hazards in the laboratory
  • Human nutrition
  • Cell biology
  • Testing consumer products
  • Drug development
  • Environmental surveying
  • Environmental management
  • Sustainability and renewable energy
  • Waste management
  • Food technology
  • Microbiology
  • Crop production and soil science
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Product testing techniques

Entry requirements

Requirements for the course: Minimum CC in Science.


Assessment is a combination of externally assessed (exams) and internally assessed units.


Future opportunities

You will gain an understanding of the different types of scientific industries and settings plus how laboratory design can vary across organisations and sectors. When it comes to progression or employment, you will understand the variety of opportunities available to you, and the roles and responsibilities of businesses and organisations within the sector. This will make sure you develop clear ideas about where you might like to take your career and what progression routes you’d like to follow.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Marlborough directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2016

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