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This Technical Apprenticeship allows employees who work in life sciences to focus their area of study on a selected discipline. It covers the traditional healthcare aspects of life sciences and other related science areas, such as industrial, marine, plant, environmental and veterinary biotechnology.

This apprenticeship can be a valuable step towards degree-level courses. On completion, employees will have the relevant skills and experience to work as a technical supervisor or advanced technician in industry, universities, schools, further education colleges or the NHS.

The qualification

SCQF level 8

Your employee will study for two Higher National Diplomas at SCQF Level 8.

  • Life Sciences and Related Industries

Plus, one from:

  • Applied Biological Sciences
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Science
  • Applied Biomedical Science
  • Applied Sciences
  • Applied Chemical Sciences
  • Industrial Biotechnology
Entry requirements

Candidates should have completed the Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 7, or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

Progression and development

After completing this Technical Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and knowledge they need for roles including technical supervisor and advanced technician.

They could also progress to further qualifications and awards and memberships, including:

  • A degree in chemistry, science or a related discipline
  • Assessor and verifier awards
  • Qualifications in improvement techniques and supervisory management.
  • Membership of a professional institution at Technician level
  • Cogent Gold Standard qualifications

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

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