How to become an education technician
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do a college course to improve your chances of finding work. The exact course you do will depend on which subject area you want to work in as a technician.
- A levels in your chosen subject area
- Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
- Level 3 Diploma in Information Technology
- Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design
You could also do a Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools or a Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
Some education technicians have a higher national diploma, foundation degree or degree in their specialist area. You might need this if you want to work in higher education.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma
You might be able to get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship in a specialist role, like a lab technician or IT solution technician.
If you want to work in a university, you could do a higher education technician advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can apply directly for education technician jobs if you've got the right skills and experience.
Employers will expect you to have GCSEs 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels or equivalent qualifications in English, maths and usually at least one science subject.
For science roles, it might be useful if you have worked in a scientific or technical setting like a lab.
You might be able to get a fixed-term technician role to get experience of working in a classroom before moving on to teacher training.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join The Association for Science Education or Higher Education and Technician Educational Development for professional development and training opportunities.