Are you a budding scientist?
Launch your career in science with this entry-level course that qualifies you to work as a laboratory assistant in food technology, pathology, schools or trades.
- collect and prepare samples
- measure and record the results of experiments
- maintain and work in a laboratory in the physical, chemical, biological and life sciences
In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.
- ability to work well with others and good communication skills
- high level of interest in science and chemistry
- normal colour vision
- ability to strictly follow workplace safety standards
This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more
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Attendance in class
This course is equivalent to 4 days per week when studied full time across one semester.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 2-5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours. Office 365 is provided to enrolled students.
Not a requirement of this course.
What you need for your first day of class
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, ruler, calculator, highlighter, 2 ring binder/lever-arch file, USB storage device and a clipboard for field work).
- Enclosed footwear (mandatory within all classrooms)
- Lab coat
- Australian standard eye protection
Detailed specifics will be advised by your course lecturer at orientation.
Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.
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