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Biological scientists and biochemists

Up to £18,000

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Laboratory technicians

Up to £15,000

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Chemical scientists

Up to £28,000

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There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified Laboratory Scientists, and employers increasingly need committed, well trained and enthusiastic workers and managers. Laboratory Scientists work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies and analytical science services. A Laboratory Scientist may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support and delivery functions across the organisation. In any context, working safely and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory Scientists are expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They are able to work without supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business. They will have a deep understanding of their job role and the theory behind the procedures.

Qualifications and End-Point Assessment Information

HND in Biological Sciences in industry

Qualification will be split into two:
HNC in Biological Sciences in Industry (18 Months)
HND in Biological Sciences in Industry (18 Months)

On completion of Gateway 1 and 2 the employer will sign off the apprentice as ready for the formal end assessment, which will be conducted in the workplace. Formal end assessment which will take place during the last 3 months of the apprenticeship will comprise:

  • Review of behaviours evaluation log
  • Presentation of a workplace synoptic project
  • Vocational competence discussion
  • Scenario case study

Method(s) of delivery

  • Day release at college for taught element
  • Work based learning

Entry criteria

This programme is intended primarily for those who are in employment within the biological sciences industry and who have reached the minimum age of 18. Students who enter with at least one of the following qualifications are likely to benefit more readily from the programme:

  • A BTEC National Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in subjects such as Biology and Chemistry 


3 years

What next?

Progression from the HND would permit a top up to degree level.

Our success rates

81% overall success rate for our Apprenticeship provision, 12% higher than national average

100% overall success rate for our Higher Apprenticeship provision, a huge 38% above the national average

86% overall success rate for our Laboratory Science Apprenticeship provision, 19.6% higher than national average

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York College Business Development Unit:

Tel: 01904 770368

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