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Laboratory and Science Technicians - Apprenticeship (Advanced) - Level 3 at College of West Anglia

Course description

This apprenticeship is aimed at people who wish to gain, or further, their experience and qualifications as a technician through practical and theoretical skills and work based activities. The specific nature of each laboratory and science technician job role will vary according to the needs of the employer, but apprentices could work in the following areas: research and development, scientific analysis and testing or education and industry. Industry sectors include chemicals, petro-chemicals, Public and private health care, Animal and marine science, Nuclear, Pharmaceuticals, Waste disposal, mining, quarrying and extractives, building and construction support services, ecological/environmental science, metallurgy science, food science and hygiene, agriculture science. In the Education sector, they are frequently called upon to set up equipment and experiments that support teachers and lecturers who teach biology, chemistry, physics and other scientific subjects.

Entry requirements

An interview is required and candidates will be assessed for their potential to achieve the apprenticeship. The assessment will depend upon the level and range of activities being undertaken in the workplace. Where necessary, applicants may be assessed for their level of Maths and English skills and are required to be working at (or towards) Level 2.  Entrants to the Advanced Apprenticeship are likely to have a minimum of 5 GCSE Grades A-C including English, Maths and one Science plus appropriate prior workplace experience. Apprentices need to be employed by a suitable and appropriate employer, for at least 30 hours per week. You will also need to have been a resident in the EU for at least 3 years, not have a level 4 or higher qualification within the same curriculum area, and not be on any other government funded training programme.. Commitment and motivation are necessary to complete the course.


Assessed through evidence of workplace activities and observations. Technical certificate - includes a range of practical and theoretical assessments plus an external exam. Functional Skills - assessed through external examination.  

Financial information

Please see the college website for fee details

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 October 2018
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