lab skills

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Laboratory Skills

Exam Board
OCR
Entry requirements
GCSE Grade C in either; Additional Science, Further Additional or any of the triple Science (Biology/Chemistry/Physics) courses
What will I study?
Mandatory Units
Unit 1: Science fundamentals
Unit 2: Laboratory Techniques
Unit 6: Control of Hazards in the laboratory
Unit 18: Microbiology
Unit 21: Product testing techniques
Assessment
Unit 1  Science fundamentals - 2 hrs, worth 20%
Unit 2 Laboratory Techniques - 2 hrs , worth 20%
All other units are portfolio based (60% weighting)
What skills will I gain?
What skills will I gain? The main purpose of the qualification is to develop the scientific principles and practical techniques which, when taken with other complementary science-based qualifications, will prepare learners to progress to higher education or employment in areas related to food, human or environmental science. They will learn to carry out experiments safely and accurately when testing products to yield results that can be used to inform the next stage in a scientific process.
 
Learners will also have the opportunity to collect and analyse primary data. This will better prepare them to progress to higher education or employment in areas related to laboratory science such as Life Sciences, Biological Science and Environmental Science.
 
The Introductory Diploma builds upon concepts, mathematical, literacy and investigations skills developed at GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent.
Studying beyond the classroom
We have some excellent opportunities with our Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) links with groups of students going to Germany for 2 weeks to develop their knowledge and understanding of how we can help to reduce climate change. This has led to STEM clubs being set up within the college. 
Future pathways
The purpose of the introductory Diploma is to develop the skills required to study a Degree at University level. Achieving a Distinction through this course will allow you to progress to study a variety of Science Degree’s at University.
The majority of career opportunities in this sector are at degree level and to gain employment learners will mostly likely need to progress from this qualification into higher education or an apprenticeship programme. Once suitably qualified, individuals may progress into related jobs likely at more junior levels at first such as laboratory technician, food development technician, conservation wardens before undertaking further study to progress onto more senior roles such as water quality expert, environmental manager, microbiologist. Examples of employers who offer opportunities for suitably qualified individuals include: conservation organisations; the Environment Agency; water companies; waste management companies; DEFRA; food producers; pharmaceutical companies, the NHS and local authorities