Laboratory scientist apprenticeship

A fully competent laboratory scientist will be able to work in a wide range of organisations, including chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear and analytical services.

Laboratory scientists carry out a range of technical and scientific activities, which may include laboratory-based investigations and scientific experimentation in their specialist field. They will analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant scientific information, concepts and ideas and use these to develop subsequent experiments or investigations and to propose solutions to problems.

As an apprentice laboratory scientist you will learn to apply knowledge of underlying scientific principles to implement new processes according to the literature or with input from senior team members. You will be able to work on your own or as part of a wider scientific team, taking responsibility for the quality of the work that you undertake, to deliver scientific value to your organisation. You will be proactive in finding solutions to problems, be able to identify areas of business improvement and propose innovative scientific ideas, while following the strict safety guidelines required in this sector.

Typical job roles include: analytical chemist; research & development scientist; molecular biologist; microbiologist; formulation scientist; medicinal chemist; process technologist; biotechnologist.

Entry requirements will vary according to employer but most candidates will be expected to have achieved grade C or above in English and maths at GCSE level, as well as hold A-levels or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications or equivalent. The apprenticeship should take no more than five years to complete, depending on your prior qualifications and relevant work experience, and the end of it you will hold a higher national diploma or a foundation degree or an honours degree in a science or technology discipline relevant to their job role.

This apprenticeship has been designed to be recognised by the relevant professional bodies at registered science technician (RSciTech) level, for which there is a requirement that you will participate in continuing professional development after completing your apprenticeship. For further information, contact Cogent Skills:


Level 5 (Higher)

Starting salary:

salaries vary according to job role but average £200–£230 per week

Job roles:

Laboratory scientist (chemical science, life sciences, research & development, analytical), microbiologist, biotechnologist

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