BTEC Cambridge Technical Level 3 Laboratory Skills


The Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Laboratory Skills has been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare students for the challenges they will face in Higher Education or employment. The qualification focuses on the requirements that today’s universities, professional vocational colleges and employers demand.


You will develop professional and practical skills through carrying out real experiments and research, working with local employers who can provide a workplace setting or national research projects that use volunteers to gather data, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. This will allow you to practice lab techniques required in an industrial setting using equipment that may not be readily available in the classroom. You will be made aware of safe working practices in a lab and the strict legal requirements you must adhere to. You will also gain an understanding of the different types of scientific industries and settings plus how laboratory design can vary across organisations and sectors.


The course has three vocational pathways that can be followed. These are:  Environmental Science, Food Science and Human Science. You will chose one of these pathways .You will apply your skills, knowledge and understanding to tasks or activities that are relevant to how food, environmental and human sciences are used in the workplace. Having an appreciation of how these are used in work will also help to prepare you if you wish to continue your education in this subject area.

How is the qualification assessed?

Assessment is a combination of externally assessed exams and internally assessed units.

There are both compulsory and optional units, for each pathway. Each pathway comprises of a number of different units. Possible units include: Laboratory techniques, Scientific analysis and reports, Human physiology, Genetics, Control of hazards in the laboratory, Human nutrition, Cell biology, Testing consumer products, Drug development, Environmental surveying, Environmental management, Sustainability and renewable energy, Waste management, Food technology, Microbiology, Crop production and soil science, Conservation of biodiversity and Product testing techniques

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Entry requirements

To study this course you will need GCSE Combined Science at grades 44 or above or 2 separate Science GCSEs at grades 4 and above.

What can I do with this qualification?

You will gain an understanding of the different types of scientific industries and settings plus how laboratory design can vary across organisations and sectors. When it comes to progression or employment, you will understand the variety of opportunities available to you, and the roles and responsibilities of businesses and organisations within the sector. The course will make sure you develop clear ideas about where you might like to take your career and what progression routes you’d like to follow.

What next?

For further help or information please contact Miss A Lanng or Mr S Gill on tel: 01225 762637