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Title: Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship
Location: Canterbury
Duration: 24 Months + EPA

Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services. A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. In any context working safety and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. 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 the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

Course Information

  • Work safely in a laboratory
  • Follow quality procedures
  • 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.
  • Communicate scientific information appropriately, using  Laboratory Information Management Systems.
  • 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.
  • Students will also achieve:  BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science.

Model of Delivery

  • Regular assessor visits at workplace
  • ​Reviews in the workplace with Line Manager 8 – 10 weeks
  • College workshop sessions with lecturer once a week  - Canterbury

We must ensure that an apprentice spends 20% of their contracted working hours developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours illustrated on the Standard. This is achieved via a flexible approach and also by using learning that occurs as part of the job role within the workplace.


End Point Assessment

End-Point Assessment is the final test for apprentices during their apprenticeship. It is designed to be an objective and impartial assessment of an apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.  At the end of an apprenticeship, the apprentice will go through a 'gateway' process where they are signed-off by their employer as ready for a final assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities. The assessment will be conducted and graded by an independent End Point Assessment Organisation.


End Point Assessment

  • Review of behaviours evaluation log -  Apprentice behaviour evaluated on 3 occasions 
  • Synoptic assessment test (SAT) - Achieved through workplace observation. Supervised by Assessor, observed by External Assurer.
  • Vocational competence discussion - Determines how much apprentice understands role. Conducted under test conditions.
  • Scenario case study - Apprentice transfers knowledge and skills to a prescribed situation, under test conditions 

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE’s (grade 4+), or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.
  • Apprentices without a level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship.
  • Employers can set their own entry criteria.

Maths and English are a vital part of your apprenticeship and can really support your progression on your chosen course. If you do not already hold the described levels of Maths and English we have a friendly and experienced team of lecturers who can support you throughout and who will arrange exams once you are ready. We deliver Functional Skills in a variety of ways including classroom based and also using an online platform.



Can progress on to:

  • Higher level apprenticeships in science and healthcare.  
  • University.  E.g. BSc Biomedical Science.

The apprenticeship is recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) level, for which there is a requirement that the technician will participate in subsequent continuing professional development on completion of the apprenticeship.



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Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111