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Laboratory technicians

Up to £15,000

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Building and civil engineering technicians

Up to £36,000

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Pharmaceutical technicians

Up to £23,000

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Why choose an Education Pathway?

There is demand across the country for skilled and qualified technicians and employers need committed, well-trained and enthusiastic workers. Schools, Colleges and Universities deliver a wide range of scientific courses. Teachers and Lecturers are backed up by a team of experienced laboratory technicians who prepare practical work for students and teachers. The work can be very varied depending on the institution, in Universities, Colleges and larger schools, technicians may specialise in one area of science, in schools technicians work across the full breadth of science subjects. The work is varied and requires the technician to be adaptable; tasks can vary from routine lab work, to setting up practical’s for a large group of students or testing a new experiment to be used by the teachers. As in industry you will be working in an area where safety is a high priority. Laboratory Technicians are expected to work both independently and as part of a wider team, both with other technicians and the teachers they support.

Working with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work undertaken is crucial. You will develop skills that enables you to be proactive in problem solving and finding solutions that can improve the delivery of lessons and lectures.

Qualification and Level

BTEC 120 credit Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (QCF).

Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship.

Vocational competence evaluation log and behaviours evaluation log.

Level 2 Health and Safety in the workplace.

The apprenticeship includes Pass and Distinction grades with the final grade based on the apprentice’s combined performance in each assessment activity.

End-Point Assessment

On completion of Gateway 1 and 2 the employer will sign off the apprentice as ready for the formal end-point assessment, which must be conducted in the workplace. The formal end-point assessment, which will take place during the last three months of the apprenticeship, will comprise:

  • Review of behaviours evaluation log
  • Synoptic assessment test (SAT)
  • Vocational competence discussion
  • Scenario case study

Method of Delivery

BTEC: day release in College.

Vocational logs: completion in workplace.

What is the Entry Criteria?

Employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or equivalent, including maths, English and science. Alternatively a First Diploma (BTEC) in Applied Science alongside GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English grade C/4 or above.


This apprenticeship takes two years to complete.

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