Choose a career in science and help develop the medicines and biotechnology of the future. You could work in medical research or industrial, marine, plant and environmental areas.
Scotland has a thriving life science and related science sector, which consists of just over 630 organisations. There are over 7,500 roles within life sciences related operations, like: biomedical scientist, biotechnologist, biochemist, laboratory technician, marine biologist and geoscientist. These roles span across industry, universities, schools, further education colleges and NHS.
With a Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies, you’ll be getting into a career with lots of opportunities. There is a great and growing demand for more young workers with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) skills and qualifications. And, on average, those working in STEM careers earn 20% more than those working in other fields.
You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies, which is the same level of learning as an SQA Higher (SCQF level 6).
Your National Progression Award (NPA) will cover:
In S6, you’ll be assessed in real life situations in the workplace. You’ll learn how to:
Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly:
These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.
Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options: it’s up to you where you go next.
You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship at school, alongside your other subjects. You'll spend time learning at a learning provider, such as a college, and with an employer on a practical work placement. It'll give your career a head-start, and look great on your CV.
If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.
You can use the search tool to find out if this subject is available at your school. Then just fill out the form to let us know you're interested, and we'll get back to you with more information.