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Study this apprenticeship and you could join an industry which helps change the lives of many. Whether you’re interested in health care or environmental research, Modern Apprenticeship in Life Science can lead to plenty of career opportunities. You could research cures for cancer or design the latest cardiovascular technology.   

Scotland has a booming Life Sciences and Related Science sector with lots of different job options so you can find a job you’re passionate about. Learn about the latest medical technology as a biomedical scientist. Discover how to protect sea life as a marine biologist. Help to change lives through stem cell research.  

What's the qualification?

The apprenticeship is offered at two levels.  You’ll gain a Modern Apprenticeship in Life Sciences and Related Science Industry SCQF level 6 or level 7. Whether you’re new to the industry or are part of a team, you’ll learn skills that can help you progress.   

SCQF level 6  

With this apprenticeship you’ll study for one of the following:  

  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities 
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science) 
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Educational Science) 
  • Life Sciences and Related Industries 
  • A qualification at SCQF level 5 in Applied Science or Practical Science  

 

SCQF level 7  

With this apprenticeship you’ll study for one of the following:  

  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities 
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science) 
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Educational Science) 
  • Life Sciences and Related Industries 
  • A qualification in Applied Sciences, Laboratory Science or Bioscience  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

As part of your apprenticeship, you’ll be assessed in work. You’ll learn how to:  

  • Use manual equipment to carry out scientific or technical tests  
  • Follow health and safety guide for scientific or technical activities 
  • Prepare solutions for scientific use  

You’ll also develop core skills that can help in your career, such as:  

  • Communication 
  • Working with others 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Time management  

These skills are useful for a variety of science related jobs.  


Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a lot of options. You could continue to study a science related subject or go into full time work. 

Further study: You could continue your studies at college with a NC or HND in chemistry or a related subject. Study at university for a science degree. Your experience will support your application.  

Straight to work: Use your work experience to get a job in the science industryWith this apprenticeship, you could move onto jobs like:  

  • Laboratory attendant 
  • Junior laboratory assistant technician 
  • Junior technician 
  • Laboratory trainee 

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship.  

Duration

This Modern Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete. 

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