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Laboratory scientist

Carrying out technical and scientific activity in laboratories.

Warning This apprenticeship is closed to new starters from 18 November 2018

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


5 (equivalent to foundation degree)

Typical length
60 months
Current funding band
Up to £27,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have:

  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and maths
  • A levels or existing level 3 qualifications (or equivalent)

Employers may consider previous experience as an alternative to the above qualifications.

What apprentices will learn
  • underlying scientific principles in laboratory based experimentation
  • principles of laboratory techniques and scientific experimentation
  • theories of advanced science and technology applicable in their role
  • project management
  • regulatory requirements
  • responding to customer requirements
  • health and safety requirements

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

Some employers may expect qualifications at level 3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E) in maths.

Professional registration

The apprenticeship is recognised by the relevant professional organisations at registered scientist (RSci) level.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
CSR Scientific Training Limited
NOCN 0300 999 1177
Science Industry Assessment Service 01925515211
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.