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Level 3


A Science Manufacturing Technician apprentice will learn how to:

  • start, operate and shut down a manufacturing batch or continuous process
  • work safely in a science manufacturing environment
  • follow quality procedures and standards
  • comply with regulations for the industry
  • control and monitor a process or plant and equipment
  • apply relevant science and technology

Science Manufacturing Technicians will also undertake the level 3 Process Technology or level 3 applied science knowledge qualification using supported learning materials. Both qualifications include a combination of mandatory and optional units

Level 3 Process Technology units include Maths, Science, Unit Operations, Process Plant and Equipment, Services and Communications and more.

Level 3 Applied Science units include Scientific Practical Techniques, Using Science in the Workplace, Working in the Science Industry and more

Apprentices without a level 2 English and Mathematics qualification will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship.

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  • Science Manufacturing Technician in the life sciences industry
  • Chemical Plant Process Worker
  • Refinery Technician
  • Oil and Gas Industry Technician
  • Polymer Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Chemical Engineering Technician


Entry requirements for this role are determined by the employer, however typically 5 GCSEs including Maths, English and Science are desirable. The apprentice must also be capable of achieving Level 2 Maths and English prior to taking end-point assessment.


The Trailblazer employer group includes: Actavis, Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Broughton Laboratories, Essar, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, GSK, Growhow, Ineos, Lotte Chemical UK, Lucite, MedImmune, Pfizer, SABIC UK Petrochemicals, Sellafield, Sembcorp, Seralab, Syngenta, Synergy Outsourcing, University of Westminster, Victrex, ConocoPhillips, Barts Health Pharmaceuticals (NHS), Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Biology, Science Council.

Levy Funded

DURATION: It will typically take 24 months to complete this apprenticeship, although the exact duration will be dependent on the previous experience of the individual. Cogent Skills Training will liaise with the employer to establish the duration of the programme. However, a minimum of 12 months of training must be undertaken to ensure attainment of sufficient skills, knowledge and experience.

Just some of the leading science companies we work with

How it works

1. Free Consultation

We provide a free scoping session, which includes everything from identifying training to match job descriptions, to understanding the apprenticeship levy funding process.

2. Enrolment

We enrol/induct the learner and develop a bespoke delivery plan based on the requirements of the business and/or apprenticeship standard.

3. Delivery

Over the duration of the training we support the learner in the workplace with face to face and remote delivery. We also provide any support needed for the apprentices mentor or line manager.

4. Assessment

We arrange all relevant end point assessment and prepare the learner on what to expect during end point assessment.

5. Certification

Following the successful completion of the training the learner receives their certification.

Virtual Learning Environment

As part of our commitment to use the latest technology to enhance our provision we use a leading Virtual Learning Environment called Canvas.
With personalised notifications and web app integration, Canvas allows us to engage with students where they already hang out, on social networks and mobile platforms. And with real-time interaction and rich multimedia, we can keep them engaged, too.

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Cogent Skills is sector based, working with companies from across the Science and Technology Industries embracing Life Sciences, Industrial Sciences and Nuclear.
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