Laboratory and Science Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
About the course
Working in the science industry and want to reach the next level as a technician? This apprenticeship is designed to develop your skills as a technician, so you can advance your career to more senior technical roles.
The Laboratory and Science Technician Apprenticeships are for people currently working or seeking to gain employment as a technician in the science industries. The Apprenticeship is designed to develop the necessary skills that will lead a technician to advance their careers from junior to more senior technician roles.
Laboratory and science technicians cover a broad range of roles from those who support scientists and engineers in research and development to those who provide quality assurance or analytical science services. They can also be found in schools, colleges and universities supporting teachers of science and technical learning. Some of the biggest global business organisations are to be found in the science industries.
You will need five GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivalent. The subjects must include English Language, Maths and one science subject.
You will also need to be in relevant employment in a science-related industry.
As part of your training, you will take an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science (QCF) and Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT. You will also complete the Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities, which will provide you with skills to help you advance within your organisation.
The apprenticeship allows you to specialise in one of three pathways - Industrial Science, Analytical and Process Science, or Education Science - which can be tailored to the work you do.
The assessment of your apprenticeship is an ongoing process throughout the year. You will have a number of specific skills and experience that you must get marked off by your employer or college tutor to prove that you reached a certain level of understanding.
At the College you will be assessed by doing written work and assignments which go towards your formal qualification. At the work place you will be assessed by your supervisor on day to day activities basis for your practical assessment.
Assessment is continuous and combines practical on-the-job tasks and periodic written tests to demonstrate your understanding. On successful completion of the course, you will be able to Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) status.
On successful completion of the course, you will be able to claim Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) status.
The science industries include some of the biggest global business and research organisation. As a Registered Science Technician, you can work supporting scientists and engineers in research and development, in analytical science, and in scientific quality assurance. This career could see you work anywhere from a local school to a major science facility.
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