Course Title Laboratory Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship
Level: 3
Code M35

Overview of the Course

As an apprentice Laboratory Technician, you will work in one of a wide range of employers, including but not limited to, chemical companies, primary and secondary pharmaceutical companies, bio-technology firms, manufacturers of formulated products, the nuclear industry, or other companies that offer analytical science services. Your role as an apprentice Laboratory Technician will involve you learning how to carry out routine and one-off laboratory testing, and how to perform a variety of technical support functions for your employer. You will learn how to work safely and ethically in a regulated environment, developing understanding of both laboratory practice and key health and safety regulations that will increase your career prospects. You will learn the importance of quality control and how to handle laboratory materials safely and effectively. You will acquire a nationally recognised science qualification at Level 3 (if you do not have one already), demonstrating your science subject knowledge in some key areas of scientific understanding. Laboratory Technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team, so as part of your apprenticeship you will be coached in important employment skills and behaviours (see below). By the end of your apprenticeship you will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that you do, and be able to work proactively to find solutions to problems and identify areas to improve practice in your working environment. This course will involve 20% of your time to be dedicated to off the job training.

What are the entry requirements?

GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and maths or equivalent.


Your apprenticeship as a Laboratory Technician could lead you into a variety of career choices, such as work in the chemical industry, in primary and secondary pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies, and analytical science services. Completion of the apprenticeship can possibly lead on to the Degree Apprenticeship Pathway (Chemical Science) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Course Duration

24 months.

Apprentice Benefits

  • Earn while you learn
  • Learning skills that employers want
  • Excellent progression route
  • Increase career opportunities and earning potential
  • Improve your confidence

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of your apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional skills are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and the level you will work towards will depend on the previous qualifications you have achieved, the results of an assessment prior to your apprenticeship and the requirements of the apprenticeship you are completing. If you have not already achieved Level 2 English and maths you must study for and take the tests for Level 2 English and maths and achieve Level 1 English and maths for Level 2 Apprenticeship.


Assessment involves observation of the duties carried out in the work place and online through a range of methods including: Behaviour Logs, Synoptic Assessment Tests, Vocational Competence Discussions and Scenario Case Studies. Up to three, one week work-related residentials are compulsory components of the course, where some classroom and laboratory-based teaching and learning will take place.

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