About the framework
The framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of a level 3 apprenticeship framework to achieve qualified status within the scientific technologies industry.
Successful completion of the framework will lead to the award of a level 3 qualification showing recognition as a qualified person within the industry.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in scientific technologies will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete a combined competence and knowledge-based qualification from one of the pathways provided.
Mandatory essential skills
The following essential skills are mandatory and are to be completed as part of the apprenticeship:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
If you haven’t got a level 2 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 2 as well as the essential skills above.
Competency and knowledge qualifications
You must complete both the competency-based and the knowledge-based qualifications listed below.
- Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activates Pearson Education (600/1731/4)
Eligibility and entry requirements
The scientific technologies level 3 apprenticeship is suitable for applicants who have five GCSEs grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) including maths, english and a science.
This is not a hard and fast rule but may vary according to the pathway chosen and the suitability of individual applicants.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
Competence must be demonstrated in a real work environment. Supporting methods of assessment could be:
- signed witness statement made by supervisor
- observation made by qualified assessor
- written or oral professional discussion with a qualified assessor
You must show knowledge and understanding by answering a set of questions that must relate to the assessment being undertaken.
The assessor must ask all questions at appropriate moments throughout the assessment process, preferably linked to observed activity and/ or a review of documentary evidence. It will be up to the assessor to determine what questions are asked. All questions and answers must be recorded.
Knowledge qualification (technical qualification)
All methods of assessment will be outlined in the awarding organisations centre manual. This document will be available to all approved centres.
Supporting methods of assessment could be:
- work-based projects
- reflective discussions
- formal unit exams
- observation of practical work
You must be provided with mandatory induction. Employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) must be covered and confirmation of completing ERR must be included with the request for the apprenticeship certificate.
It is the responsibility of the training contractor /college to make sure that the requirements of this framework are delivered in line with DfE apprenticeship guidelines and operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 392 and Issue No 4 8/20) has been developed between the Department for the Economy and the Life and Health Sciences Sectoral Partnership (working with Cogent Skills).
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