This course gives a broad practical introduction to laboratory science. You will explore a variety and range of industries and services, and the career opportunities in science laboratories in a local, national and global setting.
Laboratory technicians work in different sorts of labs. They work with scientists, to carry out experiments and record results. Animal technicians also work in laboratories, caring for animals used in research and, when qualified, helping with experiments.
Laboratory Science offers good opportunities for those who enjoy:
To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, however, it would be helpful if you have attained or are studying one of the following, or equivalent:
This course will give you practical experience in the basic practical skills for working in a laboratory, for example: measuring, weighing and preparing compounds and solutions and will help you to understand and apply the health and safety requirements for a safe working environment. You will develop specific practical skills related to microbiology, measuring radioactivity, chemical handling and laboratory instrumentation.
The course is made up of four compulsory units.
The compulsory units are:
You will learn about:
Working as a team you will also produce a plan to investigate a scientific topic using practical procedures. You will be assessed on your ability to carry out an allocated task in a competent and safe manner. You will present your findings and produce a scientific report.
Where will I take the course?
Due to health and safety requirements it is not normally possible to arrange a science laboratory work experience placement for young people. However, where possible, you may be able to visit employers or training providers.
Assessment will be based on an investigation, an open book assessment and your reviews of your employability skills.
You may be able to progress to:
Further study, training or employment in: