Higher Apprenticeship in Life Science and Related Science Industries

Level 4
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You will complete the following qualifications as part of the apprenticeship framework:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences, plus
  • NVQ Level 4 in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities

Available pathways include: biology, forensic science, chemistry, environmental science, food science, technology and nutrition, polymer science and technology

You will study a range of topics including:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  • Choice of specialist units

You will also study essential skills in Application of Number, Communication and Digital Literacy.

Updated December 2021

Key information

Entry Requirements

Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science / Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science / A minimum of two AS Levels (to include a science and / or maths).

Progression Opportunities

Further study at university in a relevant subject. This apprenticeship is recognised, with continual professional development, to Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) status.

Employment options could include:

Laboratory technician e.g. school, hospital
Research technician
Quality support technician
Development technician
Manufacturing technician
Biotechnology technician
Forensic science technician
Water and wastewater technician
Environmental monitoring technician


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