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LEVEL 5 (ST0247)

The Level 5 Laboratory Scientist standard is now retired for any registrations after 17/04/2019. For those apprentices who are registered on the Level 5 Laboratory Scientist standard, these apprentices carry out technical and scientific activity within the laboratory setting

Level: LEVEL 5

Duration: 60 months

Funding Band: £27,000

Entry Requirements:

3 GCSEs at grade c or higher including Maths, English & Science plus A-levels or existing L3 qualifications

Analysing, interpreting and evaluating scientific information, Laboratory Scientists develop and implement experiments or investigations, to solve problems or improve products or processes.

Level 5 Laboratory Scientists will work across the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology sectors and their typical job roles include:

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Research & Development Scientist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Microbiologist

The standard is made up of core knowledge, skills and behaviours as well as specialist knowledge and skill requirements associated with one of: Analytical Science, Chemical Science or Life Science.

Typically, the training period will last around 60 months, where the learning is focused on ensuring the apprentice acquires the knowledge, skills and behaviours as well as achieving a qualification at level 5 or higher. Completion of this standard warrants application to the Science Council for RSci (Registered Scientist) status.

Knowing that your apprentice is on track is important and that is why SIAS offers its highly regarded Tracker document and Competence Evaluation Log that gives both the apprentice and employer confidence as the learning progresses.

Guidance materials and individual support for training providers, apprentices and employers are provided throughout the on-programme learning. We also deliver a number of events and webinars to advise and guide across the range of apprenticeships we assess.


Download the factsheet here.

The EPA consists of 4 assessment methods

Review of Behaviours Evaluation Log

Workplace Synoptic Project Presentation & Discussion

Presentation based on a summary report prepared by the apprentice. This includes a series of questions that cover key areas of the standard.

Vocational Competence Discussion

Structured discussion around the key elements of the apprenticeship.

Scenario Case Study

A written exam aimed at testing the apprentice’s transferable knowledge

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