Course Type / Attendance

Part Time

Subject Area


Start Date

January 2018

Course Length

6 months




Adult, Employers



Course Level


Award to be received


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Who is this course for?

This is ideal for you if you want to take the first steps into a laboratory or technical activities field as well as for those of you who are already working within the sector wishing to gain a recognised qualification.  The course develops knowledge, understanding and skills required within laboratory settings. Laboratory and Associated Technical roles offer an ideal entry route to many careers within Health, Science and Education.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement within a laboratory as there is a requirement for the assessment of workplace knowledge and competence.  Should you require a voluntary or practical placement, there are charities that specialise in finding opportunities within the community, for example Do-it Trust.  Web address:

Sunderland College has an agreement with a local Dental Laboratory who is able to offer a limited number of voluntary placement opportunities (subject to conditions).

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will study a range of topics including:

Follow health and safety procedures

Maintain effective and efficient working relationships

Use information recordings systems

Carry out routine maintenance, cleaning and checking of equipment

Clean and tidy the workplace

Plus other optional units.

How you will learn

You will be required to produce a portfolio, and will participate in a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies to include individual and group work activities and tasks, essays, leaflets, mini presentations, workshops, booklets, posters and professional discussions.

Where could this course take you?

Once you have achieved the qualification you could progress to the Level 3 Certificate Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities or a specialist subject qualification for example dental, biomedical, science, pharmacy, medical to name a few.

What costs will you incur?

The course cost is £400 and you need to attend to attend college one evening per week, plus at least one additional day in working, volunteering or on practical placement within a laboratory. Additional costs will included items such as stationary to create your portfolio and some resources for presentations and posters if required.