The Sector

The UK science sector is a major contributor to the national economy and employs 1.2 million people. The UK is a world leader in many areas of science including the pharmaceutical and aerospace sciences but despite this, there is a shortage of suitably qualified scientists in the UK. The sector includes fields such as medical science, environmental science, materials testing, chemical engineering and forensics.

 

The Careers

The UK science jobs market is growing, not only in the major companies such as AstraZeneca and GSK, but also in a wide range of smaller companies. These may be involved in materials testing, drug safety tests or providing forensic services. All these companies are looking for people with scientific skills and they employ scientists from a range of backgrounds.  There are over 24,000 scientific jobs in Stoke and Staffordshire with job growth of over 3% expected over the next 5 years.


Advanced Apprenticeship Pharmacy Services

Science

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in the Pharmacy sector at an advanced level. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and have formal training in our modern training rooms. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills and a Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science both at L3. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Under the supervision of a Pharmacist, you will assist in the supply of medicines to patients, assemble medicines for prescriptions, provide information to patients and other healthcare professionals and manage areas of medicines supply e.g. dispensaries If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer. There is one entry point during the year when Apprentices can start on this programme: – September

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Apprenticeship
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Apprenticeship Laboratory & Science Technicians

Science

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal for those wanting a career working within the Science and Laboratory sector. It will give you the skills and experience to progress to Further or Higher Education. The Apprenticeship includes a Certificate in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities, and a Diploma in Applied Science. For those without the required level of maths, English and ICT you will need to achieve these at L1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. The specific nature of each laboratory and science technician job will vary according to the needs of the employer, but apprentices could work in the following areas: research and development, scientific analysis and testing or education and industry. You could be involved in helping to diagnose disease by supporting medical specialists in a hospital or health clinic environment or checking products in the food, drink or pharmaceutical industries. You might assist in setting up equipment and experiments that support teachers and lecturers who teach biology, chemistry, physics and other scientific subjects. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
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Apprenticeship Pharmacy Services

Science

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in the Pharmacy sector. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and have formal training in our modern training rooms. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills and a Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science both at L2. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Under the supervision of a Pharmacist, you will assist in the sale of over the counter medicines and the provision of information to customers on symptoms and products, prescription receipt and collection, assembly of prescribed items and ordering, receiving, storing pharmaceutical stock. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer. There are three entry points during the year when Apprentices can start on this programme: – September – January – May

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Apprenticeship
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Applied Science (Criminology & Forensics) BTEC Level 2

Science

The emphasis of this course is on how science is used in different jobs. You will explore the range of opportunities available in the science industries and gain all of the skills you need to work in a laboratory and research environment with particular reference to working in Criminology or Forensics.

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Course - Full Time
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2
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Applied Science (Criminology & Forensics) BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Science

This course offers you the chance to develop skills in the core elements of science and scientific research, before allowing you to choose a specialisation and study units from the branches of Criminology and Forensics. The course will use the latest facilities and teaching methods to develop your scientific knowledge and understanding, and support you in applying this to the study and practice of your selected career pathway.

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Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Biology/Forensic/Pharmaceutical Science BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year – In Partnership with Staffordshire University

Science

The Science Foundation Year (SFY) gives you the opportunity to enter degree courses in science if your qualifications do not meet normal Level 1 entry requirements. This is a proven route to achievement with a long track record of success. Importantly, the SFY is tailor-made to prepare you for Level 1 of a degree in the biological sciences or forensic science. It has a modular structure, giving you the flexibility to make an appropriate selection from a range of science modules on offer. The SFY also contains core components which are designed to ensure that you have the key transferable skills (including communication, IT and mathematical skills) that you will require to complete a science degree. During the year you will study the following areas: Mathematics and Data Handling, Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science.

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HE
Level:
4
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Facilities for you:

  • Use of Staffordshire University’s modern Science and Technology Centre
  • Hi-tech research laboratories
  • Fantastic progression routes to university and into scientific careers

Careers in this sector:

Biomedical Scientist
Dental Nurse
Ecologist
Forensic Scientist
Laboratory Technician
Medical Scientist
Pharmacist
Physiotherapist
Psychologist
Radiographer
Research Chemist
Scenes of Crime Officer

Scarlett Gauntlett – Applied Science

I would wholeheartedly one-hundred percent recommend this course, not only because of what we learn and the exciting practical elements we get to do, but also because the lecturers are helpful and have so much knowledge.  It’s been amazing.