Laboratory Operations and Science


These qualifications provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to work as a laboratory technician within a range of environments.


Competence qualifications:

  • Are achieved in the workplace and usually based on National Occupational Standards

  • Enable individuals to demonstrate their skills in a wide range of laboratory activities

  • SVQs are competence qualifications regulated and achieved in Scotland


Knowledge qualifications:

  • Provide the underpinning knowledge to support entry into the workplace

  • May be taken as part of an Apprenticeship Framework


No previous qualifications are required, however, at Level 3 and above it is expected that learners will have a fundamental level of experience and induction of the sector.


Achievement of a Level 3 competence qualification also enables an individual to achieve recognition as a Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) through the Science Council’s Professional Registers.


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Available Apprenticeship Frameworks:

  • Laboratory and Science Technicians

  • Life Sciences


Related Job Roles:

  • Education laboratory technician

  • Medical laboratory assistant

  • Scientific laboratory technician

Available Qualifications

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