Level 3 Laboratory Technician

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Applied Science

The broad purpose of this occupation is working at the forefront of technology to carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing (and manufacturing where relevant) and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. Apprentices will be assessed at several stages during their apprenticeship, this includes:

  • A knowledge test
  • An observation with questioning
  • A structured interview with portfolio evidence

This occupation is found in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services, dental laboratories and educational establishments.

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Who is this course for?

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for proactively finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business. Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of their own work. In any context working safely and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions. Laboratory technicians therefore follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to their work.

This apprenticeship standard has been carefully designed with the requirements of relevant professional bodies in mind.

Assessment Types

  • A knowledge test
  • An observation with questioning
  • A structured interview with portfolio evidence

Entry Requirements

You will need to successfully complete a baseline assessment in English and Maths.

Career Progression

This apprenticeship can either lead straight into a Healthcare Science Assistant role or progression onto the Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate apprenticeship.

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Course Details


24 months minimum and 3 months for EPA

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Course Facts


Salaries typically range from £17,000 to £30,000, depending on the student’s qualifications at entry


The working week is usually 37 hours but some organisations may require shifts and on-call duties, such as the NHS

Extra Curriculum

Many private and public organisations employ laboratory technicians, including; pharmaceutical companies, environmental agencies, hospitals and utility companies

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