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FdSc Biomedical Science – Technician Scientist Apprenticeship

A technician scientist carries out laboratory investigations using bench and instrumentation techniques. They use a range of skills (some specialised) to carry out lines of enquiry, development or investigation.

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Why study FdSc Biomedical Science – Technician Scientist Apprenticeship?

  • Learn the principles of laboratory techniques and scientific experimentation and how to contribute to the development of technical projects and implement new processes according to the literature
  • Gain theoretical knowledge of chemistry plus specialised science and technology relevant to the job role
  • Understand the requirements and significance of reporting results, considering the importance of accuracy, precision and recognising trends. Learn to use computer-based data analysis tools including spreadsheets and relevant company software packages
  • Use mathematical concepts and techniques: units, dimensions, exponentials logarithms and elementary probability and basic statistical analysis relating to sampling and data to evaluate results
  • Study the basic principles of project management and how to find solutions to routine and non-routine problems and contribute to developing solutions to complex problems using techniques such as root cause analysis
  • Comply with business rules pertaining to record keeping, traceability & confidentiality and quality systems.

Find out more about the content of this course.

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Support new scientific ideas

As a Technician Scientist, you will critically evaluate commonly used approaches to solving scientific problems, using a range of approaches to formulate responses. You'll contribute to solutions within the wider scientific team, using project management skills, and data capture systems relevant to the technical and scientific procedures used and analyse information, interpret/evaluate data, prepare results and provide updates. You will support new scientific ideas, using your research interests and the technical context and processes of the laboratory alongside senior team members.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021; September 2022


Wiltshire College and University Centre, Salisbury


3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and 2022 entry: 48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology), e.g. 2Es or 1C at A2 level or an AVCE Double Award at EE or BTEC / City and Guilds National Technical Diploma.

Course details

Attendance is one day per week for 3 years full-time at Wiltsire College and University Centre's Salisbury campus.

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 309kb)Download the foundation year programme specification (pdf 366kb)

Your application

Entry requirements


This course will support students who have a strong interest in science and know they want to pursue a career in the science industry but are undecided on a specific route. The course will offer students the opportunity to apply to become laboratory technicians which links with the relationship Wiltshire College and University Centre, Salisbury have with the NHS and Tetrius Park.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

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