Lab Technician Apprenticeship level 2 at Sheffield College
This Course is a training programme leading to becoming a qualified laboratory technician. As an apprentice you will work in a science based laboratory, undertaking a variety of tasks. You will have a specialist qualified assessor allocated to you, who will meet you regularly to plan your assessment schedule to fit in with your place of work.
You will attend college one day per week in order to work towards the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science. You will study a wide range of units in biology, chemistry and physics and several specialist units relating to laboratory science. Applied Science covers many topics that are science based including laboratory work, medicine, environmental and the fundamental biological, chemical and physical science. The aim is to provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science.
You will develop an understanding of the important fundamental concepts in chemistry, biology and physics. You will be able to familiarise yourself with some of the basic chemical concepts, on which aspects of biology are based, concepts such as chemical equilibrium, bonding, rates of reaction and organic molecules.
You will develop the practical techniques necessary to pursue a career as laboratory technician, investigating the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, the structure and functions of cells and the calorific value of different fuels. You will look into the characteristic features of cells and will practice aseptic techniques to culture and determine the factors that influence the growth of micro-organisms. You will develop practical skills to allow you to develop and demonstrate your science knowledge.
4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English langauge, Maths and double Science
You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt. Assessment is continuous through the course by a combination of assignments and practical assessments.
The next step could be to employment or Higher Education courses in this field. This course carries UCAS points. Please check the UCAS website for more details Career opportunities include quality control technician/analyst, biology, chemistry physics technician, working in research laboratory or using analytical skills in the chemistry industry, working for a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles on issues such as applications and implications of new scientific discoveries and developments.
How to apply
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