laboratory technician
(Level 3)

Duration (EXCL EPA)

21 Months (£21,000)


EPA Duration

3 Months


Start Date



about the course

Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations including chemical, pharmaceutical, analytical science and education establishments. Laboratory technicians carry out routine and non-routine testing as well as provide technical support within their organisations.


Laboratory technicians need to be able to work safely and effectively in their sector, gathering valid reliable data. While the overall remit can be broad, technicians on this programme will learn high level skills, knowledge and behaviours relevant to the sector they choose to work in such stem cell research or supporting education.


Laboratory technicians work in teams and as individuals. Through the course, they will develop the skills to carry out a range of laboratory tasks independently and on their own initiative.

Course Overview

As a laboratory technician apprentice you will develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours to:

  • Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems.
  • Follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace
  • Prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods
  • Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required.
  • Produce reliable, accurate data and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results.
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate data and identify results requiring further investigation seeking advice of senior colleagues as appropriate.
  • Communicate scientific information appropriately, including the use of Laboratory Information Management systems, either digital or paper based.
  • Apply scientific techniques for data presentation. e.g. statistics
  • Recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions.
  • Participate in continuous business performance improvement.

Course Delivery

The course is typically completed over 21 months, and includes weekly face to face classes delivered on our Stevenage Campus, workplace activities and observations as well as independent study.


Through workplace tasks and observations you will build up a portfolio of evidence and skills towards completing the standard. In the college days, you will learn the underpinning science and core practical techniques for working in the science industry.


The tutor will complete a progress review in the first 6 weeks and every 10-12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employer’s presence. All work will be stored on an electronic portfolio ready to be submitted to the End Point Assessment Organisation.


At the end of the 21st month, the learner will have a final assessment with an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). Revision and mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to the final assessment.

End Point Assessment

As part of the Apprenticeship Standard, you will be required to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of your programme with an external Independent Assessor (EPAO).  Throughout the programme, your tutor will prepare you for the End Point Assessment and complete mock assessments prior to your final assessment.


The following Elements will be included:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Observation with Questioning
  • Structured interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.


Following this, you will be awarded one of the following grades:

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Distinction


On completing this apprenticeship, you will achieve a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Laboratory Technician which will make you eligible to progress onto higher level study/apprenticeships and in many cases will make you eligible for professional recognition as a Registered Science Technician.

Entry Requirements

Typically applicants will have a good GCSE profile or equivalent, some may have studied at level 3 or A-Level standard.


It is recommended to have GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 prior to starting. Where a learner does not have these, they will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 in these subjects as part of the course, prior to taking End Point Assessment.

Contact for further information

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