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Advanced Apprenticeship for Laboratory and Science Technicians at Trafford College

Course description

Knowledge Element - Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science - delivered over 2 years and requiring the Apprentice to attend Trafford College on a day release basis. The course covers topics such as:* Practical Chemical Analysis* Physiology of Human Body Systems* Working in the Science Industry* Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques* Energy changes, Sources and ApplicationsCompetence Element - PAA/VQSET Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory & Associated Technical Activities - delivered over 2 years in the workplace.Functional Skills -Functional Skills in Mathematics, English and Information & Communications Technology at Level 2 (if required)Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) -The Apprentice is required to complete a workbook evidencing work or college activities in each of the 6 areas within the 2 years of the Apprenticeship in* Creative Thinking* Independent Enquiry* Reflective Learning* Team Working* Self Management * Effective ParticipationEmployee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) -The Apprentice is required to complete a workbook evidencing their knowledge of the work environment with the 2 years of the Apprenticeship

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's at Grade A*- C to include Mathematics, English Language and at least one Science.


The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science is assessed via regularly set assignments covering each unit of the qualification to ascertain the Apprentices learning. These can be awarded grades of Pass, Merit or Distinction.The PAA/VQSET Level 3 NVQ Diploma is assessed by an assessor who will visit the Apprentices workplace on a monthly basis. The Apprentice uses an e-Portfolio to gather real workplace evidence of competence which is measured against Nationally recognised standards. Methods of assessment may include, direct observation of practical skills, oral questions, written statements and projects.Functional Skills (if required) are delivered in College and require extra days attendance to complete (up to 6 days per Functional Skill)

Future opportunities

Higher Apprenticeship in Life Sciences and Chemical Science for Chemical Science TechniciansBTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Chemical Science for IndustryUniversity

Further information

Contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

How to apply

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Last updated date: 13 May 2016
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    • Travelling by Bus
      The nearest bus stop for Trafford College is situated on Chester Road (A56) outside Stretford Leisure Centre, 5 minutes walk from the College. For more information about travelling by bus to Talbot Road, visit or call 0871 200 22 33.

      Travelling by Metrolink
      Trafford College, Talbot Road is situated 5 minutes walk from Old Trafford Metrolink Stop. Services run from Bury, Altrincham, and Manchester, with connections to Eccles. For Metrolink service information visit or call 0161 205 2000.

      Travelling by Train
      The Closest train station is Trafford Park on the Manchester - Liverpool line ans is 20 mins walk to site. Trains run approximately every hour in both directions.

      Travelling by Car
      The site is situated on Talbot Road (A5014), 2 miles from M602 slip Road (Junction 3) and 2 miles from Junction 7 of the M60. The College is located opposite Lancashire County Cricket Club and approximately 10 minutes walk from Old Trafford Football Ground.