Higher Education Technician Apprentice The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge

The Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience delivers over half of the teaching requirements for the first two years of the Medicine and Veterinary Medicine courses. These courses involve hands-on practical experimental work. You will be part of the Departmental Teaching team, who provide technical support for teaching and research.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday-Friday 9-5pm Flexibility to work occasional evenings or weekends, may be required for teaching sessions or special events.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Some of your duties will include:

  • Assist in the preparation of classrooms, including setting up equipment and teaching materials, clearing up, documenting student activities
  • Demonstrate to students how to use equipment or techniques
  • Collection of data, documentation and resources
  • Maintenance of learning spaces, to ensure health & safety protocol
  • Generation and maintenance of risk assessments, standard operating procedures and COSHH forms
  • Monitor air quality
  • Care of preserved ‘prosected’ tissue used for teaching
  • Organising and cataloguing dry learning materials, radiographs, museum pots, bones, plastinated specimens and online resources
  • Museum curation, with a focus on student accessibility
  • Repair and maintain articulated skeletons and museum pots

The training you will be getting

Through the training provider, CSR Scientific Training, you will undertake a Level 3 Education Technician Apprenticeship which will include: 

  • Fully recognised apprenticeship qualification - Level 3 Education Technician
  • On-the-job competency training
  • IOSH Working Safely qualification

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

After your apprenticeship, if you want to continue to work within the University there are always roles you can apply for.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent 3 more subjects (Grade (Grade C/4 or above)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade (Grade C/4 or above)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade (Grade C/4 or above)) Essential

Things to consider

This role involves working in our Physiology Classroom and our Veterinary Dissection Room.

About the employer

The Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN) is one of the largest departments in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge. The Department is engaged in teaching and research across a wide range of biological sciences - from cell and developmental biology, through cellular and animal physiology to systems neurosciences and human anatomy.


The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge


Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


David Diamond


Apprenticeship standard

Education technician (he assistant technician and simulation-based technician)

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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