The course provides a mixture of technical knowledge and skills specific to the science industry and a work placement of at least 45 days in your chosen occupation. On completion of the course you will be able to choose between moving into a skilled occupation or further study in science, for example, a higher or degree level apprenticeship, or higher level technical study, including higher education.
What will I do on this course?
In the first year of the programme, you'll be gain a knowledge and understanding of the core elements of health and sciences:
Working within the health and science sector
Health and safety regulations / practices in science sectors
Good scientific and clinical practice
The science sector
Data handling and processing
Experimental equipment and techniques
Ethics of science
In the second year of the programme, you'll focus more on the laboratory technician / science specialism. You'll be working towards three outcomes:
perform a range of appropriate scientific techniques to collect experimental data in a a laboratory setting, complying with regulations and requirements
plan, review, implement and suggest improvements to scientific tasks relevant to a laboratory setting
identify and resolve issues with scientific equipment or data errors
A big part of your study will be to complete relevant industry-based work placement. Throughout the course, you'll be required to complete a minimum of 45 days (315 hours) work placement. You'll also get the opportunity to show us what you've learned and demonstrate your abilities during numerous observations through the course. Work placement is a great opportunity to get your feet wet in your chosen specialism and help confirm that this is the career you want to do!
* Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.
Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.
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