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Laboratory scientist

Carrying out technical and scientific activity in laboratories.

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
NOCN 0114 227 0500
Science Industry Assessment Service 01925 515211