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Technician Scientist Apprenticeship Standard Level 5

This apprenticeship is aimed at people who wish to become a technician scientist carrying out established laboratory-based investigations and basic scientific experimentation using bench and instrumentation techniques. Using a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills following well established principles associated with organisations science and technology, which may typically be within chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products or analytical services.

  • Course Description

    Between months 1-33 you will be working towards the Higher National Diploma (HND) in a science discipline. This will include: Training with continuous competence evaluation in the workplace, and a workplace problem solving project. Upon successful completion of the HND, evidence of Maths and English at level 2 (GCSE grade A-C/9-5) and the Vocational competence log as evidence of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours being met, you will enter the End Point assessment phase typically between months 34-36 months, this will include a presentation of your workplace problem solving project and a vocational competence discussion.

    Higher National Diploma (HND) in Science discipline relevant to the job role. For example:

    • HND Applied Biology
    • HND Applied Biotechnology

    What apprentices will learn
    Apprentices will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will learn to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making. Learners will cover a number of different units totally 250 credits at level 4 and 5. Examples of Mandatory subjects include:

    • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques (level 4)
    • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques (level 4)
    • Fundamentals of Chemistry (level 4)
    • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information (level 5)
    • Specialist Scientific Techniques and Experimentation (level 5)
    • Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways (level 5)
  • Entry Requirements

    Typically, candidates will have grade C or above in at least five GCSEs, including English, maths and a science subject and hold relevant level 3 qualifications providing the appropriate number of UCAS points for entry to a level 5 HE programme. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.

  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    Students can progress to Level 6 study as it is recognised by many higher education providers as meeting the admission requirements.

  • Course Fees

    Fee information

    Information about course fees and student finance can be found below.

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  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Applied Sciences (Biology) or (Biotechnology)

    How is my course assessed?

    Assessment is by internally assessed assignments and will be in a number of different forms eg practical assessment, reports; workbooks; presentations and project work. Work is assessed at Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 3 Years

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Lexy Marchant

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Lexy chose to study at CWA for its great facilities and its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. She is currently studying Biomedical Science at university.

"Going to CWA opened the door to university for me. I worked really hard to achieve what I wanted and if it wasn’t for my amazing tutors, I wouldn’t be at uni today, doing the subject I love. I learnt a lot more about microbiology than a lot of people at 6th form and then when I got to uni, I realised I knew a lot more than most undergraduates.

Lexy added, "CWA has helped me realise my potential. It made me reach for goals higher than I ever thought I was capable of. It solidified my love for science, something that I will always have with me and this has opened many doors and given me a breadth of skills I can use in any setting."

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