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Lab Technician Apprenticeship level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

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.

Course content

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.


Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: CWILB1


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      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

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