Course Overview

This higher apprenticeship qualification is for apprentices who work in the laboratory sciences environment and is open to scientists who already have a level 3 qualification in science. The higher apprenticeship is usually studied over a period of around 3 years.

Technician scientists work as part of a team, carrying out experimental work and supporting senior scientists by contributing to project development and the smooth running of a laboratory.

Alongside the development of higher level knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace, you will also come to University Centre South Devon to study a foundation degree in Biosciences (FdSc Biosciences). Foundation degrees are undergraduate programmes of study and represent the first two years of a bachelor’s degree (BSc).

This foundation degree develops a high level of competency in biological laboratory techniques and an understanding of professional behaviours and transferrable skills. As a result, the degree has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).  Achieving the apprenticeship will allow you to apply for Registered Scientist (RSci) status through the Science Council.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Higher Apprenticeship, Level 5
Minimum of 36 months
Academic Year
September 2022 - June 2024 (full-time) September 2022 - June 2025 (part-time)
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Whilst studying the FdSc Biosciences degree I gained a huge array of skills, including lab techniques, and study and research skills, as well as the skills necessary to review scientific papers efficiently. I was also able to fit managing my online business around my studies, which was really important to me.

Roxanne Dunbar
Roxanne Dunbar