Laboratory Scientist

Laboratory Scientist

On a laboratory scientist apprenticeship course, you’ll help conduct technical and scientific activity in laboratories.

A laboratory scientist performs several technical and scientific activities in their field, including chemical science, biological sciences, research and development, and analysis, using specialised expertise and thorough scientific understanding.

As a laboratory scientist apprentice, you will analyse, comprehend, and evaluate critical scientific facts, concepts, and ideas, which you will then use to create further tests or investigations and provide answers to problems.

To carry out practical, established, and novel laboratory activities, you’ll employ standard and specialised laboratory equipment and gear.

Scientific testing’s consistency, reliability, repeatability, quality, and integrity will underpin your job and the working environment.

Upon completing the laboratory science apprenticeship, you will get a bachelor’s degree in a scientific subject relevant to your profession.

What you’ll learn

On a laboratory scientist apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify and use scientific approaches pertinent to a single topic to solve concerns, support new research, and perform follow-up tests in the laboratory.
  • Evaluate scientific studies, create and execute new processes autonomously based on relevant literature and other data sources researched using data mining techniques and peer feedback.
  • Analyse numerical and statistical data to help in scientific experiment evaluation.
  • Work independently to analyse, interpret, and evaluate scientific data and effectively and concisely communicate the results of laboratory work.
  • Comply with regulations, such as corporate standards for record-keeping, data integrity, traceability, and confidentiality.
  • Employ creative thinking and problem-solving tools such as root cause analysis to challenge assumptions, innovate, make new proposals, and build on present ideas.
  • Assist in the development of specialised technical projects in diverse teams.
  • Ensure that goals within one’s area of responsibility are met and maintained while conforming to established company rules and legal requirements.
  • Lead continuous performance improvement in a scientific and technical context via process mapping and analysis and root cause analysis, led by other appropriate ideas such as lean, six sigma, project, and change management.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Five GCSEs, including English, maths and science, and relevant level 3 qualifications. 
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods: 

  • Workplace synoptic project primary journal article & presentation with questioning. 
  • Vocational competence discussion (VCD)

Duration and level

  • Duration: 60 months
  • Level: 6 – Degree Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 1, 2022

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