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OCR Level 3 Technical Diploma: Laboratory Skills NEW at Loughborough College

Course description

Students 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.

You will gain an understanding of the different types of scientific industries and settings plus how laboratory design can vary across organisations and sectors. Students will apply their skills, knowledge and understanding to activities relevant to one pathway: food, environmental or human sciences.

Course content

Across two years the course will cover a selection of the following topics:

  • Science Fundamentals
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Analysis and Reporting
  • Human Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Control of Hazards in the Laboratory
  • Human Nutrition
  • Cell Biology
  • Testing Consumer Products
  • Drug Development
  • Microbiology

Assessment will be through a combination of internal and external assessment – coursework and examination.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language, Maths and two sciences at grade 4 (these can be core and additional science or any two separate science subjects)

Future opportunities

This is a Level 3 qualification which is the equivalent to two A levels (students are expected to study an A Level alongside this). This qualification can be used for applications to Higher Education programmes or to employment within the scientific field.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, come and visit us at one of ourOpen Days at Loughborough College or contact us at

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: 02 October 2018
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      We have lots of different courses from A Levels to vocational programmes, Apprenticeships and Degrees and you will have the opportunity to gain practical industry related skills while you study.