RT - Lab Technician L3

As a scientific laboratory technician you will be involved in a variety of laboratory-based activities within the biological, chemical and/or physical sciences. Laboratory technicians support scientists and play a vital role in assisting with standard laboratory tests, scientific investigations and the performance of important technical support functions across an organisation. They work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, healthcare, clinical research, biotechnology, formulated products, educational institutions and analytical sciences services and perform variety of tasks depending on the employer.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Chorley Campus
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      18-24 months
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  • Overview

    As an Apprentice training with Runshaw College, you will be expected to demonstrate motivation, enthusiasm and dedication throughout your apprenticeship, both in the work place and at the College. To help you do this, Runshaw will provide you with a high level of continual support to ensure you become fully competent in your field and are employer-ready when you complete this coveted apprenticeship programme. You will also have the same access to all College facilities as our full and part time students, which includes the College library. As an apprentice, you will be encouraged to develop the ability to work both individually or as part of a team and achieve the required qualifications in maths and English should you need to improve your current grade.

    This particular course will see you work towards Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard consisting of:

    • Skills, knowledge & behaviour
    • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science
    • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities or Laboratory Science
    • Functional skills*

    *If you do not currently hold A* – C (9-4) in English & maths

    Your training will take place in our new £6.5m Science and Engineering Innovation Centre, allowing you access to state of the art facilities and a fantastic environment that will support your learning

    Additional Information

    Learners are required to undertake and document 20% off-the-job training for the duration of their apprenticeship.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need 4 x GCSE A*-D /Grade 9-3 which must include maths and science at Grade A*-C/Grade 9-4 and English at Grade A*-D/Grade 9-3 or equivalent.

    Please note that employers may stipulate higher entry requirements than those listed and should therefore be treated as the minimum entry criteria.

    However, if you do not currently meet the entry requirements for the apprenticeship you wish to apply for, you may also be considered based on related subject qualifications and/or life/work experience or upon successfully achieving the required Basic and Key Skill Builder (BKSB) results.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Continual assessment and review through formative and summative assessments during your apprenticeship. These assessment methods may include completion of assignments, workbooks, reflective accounts, discussions, exams and observations.

    Once deemed competent in all areas of the standard the apprentice will then go through independent end point assessment carried out by an external assessor.

  • Progression Pathway

    The scientific skills and knowledge you will acquire during this apprenticeship will enable you to progress to a higher/degree level apprenticeship or further pursue a career in this area.

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