Are you interest in science and developing products that could change the medical field? If so, studying a technical apprenticeship in life sciences can help you find a job where you can make a positive difference. Be part of an industry thats committed to improving Scotland’s medical technology.  

The apprenticeship is suitable for people who are interested in improving Scottish healthcare. Scotland’s life sciences industry covers specialist sectors like stem cell research, pharmaceutical development and bio manufacturing. Learn about advanced medical hardware such as imagining machines, incubators and dialysis systems. Increase your awareness of bioinformatics techniques like DNA sequencing and genome annotation.   

Whether you are interested in immunology, virology or pharmaceuticals, theres a role for you in Scotland’s life sciences sector. Become a chemical scientist and develop innovative products. Help to save lives as a neuroscientist. Work as a biomedical equipment technician and help to repair hospital equipment. 

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level in life sciences and related industries. The qualification includes:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in life sciences and related industries at SCQF level  
  • Work experience in an industry that is committed to creating positive change  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Develop and practice training in a pharmaceutical environment  
  • Improve the quality and reliability of activities in a medical setting  
  • Create innovative medical products  
  • Applying basic statistics in a laboratory   

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Problem-solving  
  • Communication 
  • Teamwork   
  • Numeracy  
  • Time management    

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other roles such as chemistry and industrial science.   

Where could it take me?

This Technical Apprenticeship gives you a variety of options. Continue your studies with a related science degree or graduate to full-time work.   

Further education: Improve your scientific knowledge by applying for a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biology. You could go on to study for an advanced qualification like a Masters in biotechnology  

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to find a job in the life sciences industryThere are several jobs listed below:  

  • Chemical scientist 
  • Chemical engineer 
  • Neuroscientist 
  • Medical technician 
  • Biomedical equipment technician 
  • Bioinformatics operative 
  • Biologist  

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for the apprenticeship 


This Technical Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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