Laboratory Sciences

Screen reader users: Below is a slideshow. It is a series of images and videos with text descriptions. Slides change every 30 seconds. Please turn off JavaScript if the slideshow causes problems.

An exciting future

Are you inquisitive and love working in science? Do you want to contribute to an increasingly important industry promoting the health and well-being of people and the environment?

Choose to study a Sydney TAFE laboratory science course or food technology course and you’ll learn hands-on laboratory techniques using the latest industry-standard equipment.

You could become a laboratory technician or food safety supervisor. You could assist in a medical lab or out in the field carrying out environmental and biological testing. With our pathology courses, you could even create a pathway to further study to become a pathologist.

Sydney TAFE and your laboratory sciences career

Sydney TAFE gives you the advantage whatever the stage of your career.

  • Leaving school? Programs and support services will teach you workplace practices, attitudes and the foundation skills to launch your great career.
  • Launching your career? Courses can take you from a short course, certificate and all the way to degree study.
  • Time for a change? Up to 80% of courses are hands-on and delivered in work-simulated and industry-standard labs.

Flexible and fast-track pathology and lab science courses

Sydney TAFE can recognise your knowledge and life/work experience so you finish your qualification faster.

If you are already working in the laboratory science or pathology industry and want to build on your career, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) so you don’t have to study what you already know.

Sydney TAFE is always developing innovative ways to deliver its courses, including evening and online options.

Pathology course sets up medical science degree

Samara studied a diploma of pathology testing at Sydney TAFE because she was was interested in studying medical research and how the body works at a cellular level. The course lived up to her expectations, even with other challenges.

“Having dyslexia and English not being my native language, I required personal support,” Samara says.

“The teachers were inspirational and gave me confidence.”

Samara is now studying medical science at UTS.

On her way to a future career

Sharah Islam is currently studying a diploma specialising in food testing and will finish next year.

“The laboratory is well equipped and I do my experiments by myself under the guidance of the teacher,” Sharah says.

“Sydney TAFE focuses on practical works which I think will be helpful for my future career.

“Sydney TAFE is not just a normal institution – they think about students.”

From diploma to a degree

If you study a diploma of laboratory technology in food testing or pathology testing, you could set up a pathway to a degree in the field of pathology and laboratory sciences.

You may gain credit towards a degree in biomolecular science or medical science at the University of Western Sydney or the University of Newcastle.


Build extra career skills

Sydney TAFE offers you the opportunity of adding value to your skill-set while also studying other courses.

You may be interested in other Sydney TAFE career areas

  • Aged Care and Nursing
  • Further Study, HSC and Higher Education Preparation
  • Human Resources, WH&S and Training
  • Healthcare, Audiometry and Optical

Industry partners include:

  • Advanced Analytical

Industry facts sourced from: Service Skills Australia Environmental Scan 2014; Job Outlook, Australian Government Department of Employment;

Full and part-qualifications ready to go
No events.