Life Science and Related Science Industries Technical

Modern Apprenticeship



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.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship in Life Science and Related Science Industries Technical at SCQF Level 8.

Select Level 8 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level. 

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

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

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