Life Sciences and Biotech
Life sciences is using biology and technology to improve health, including medical
technology, genomics (DNA), diagnostics and digital health.
Products are made using technology like Artificial Intelligence.
Work is fulfilling – because you can make a real difference through new medical discoveries.
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Leicestershire is home to Charnwood Campus; it has over 800 scientists onsite, with the potential for 5,000 jobs in total across the zone.
Loughborough College and Charnwood Campus work closely so that learners can get into careers through work placements, T Levels, apprenticeships, and other training in areas including healthcare and bioscience.
The life sciences had a high public profile during the Covid 19 pandemic, contributing to the delivery of the UK vaccination programme, and the University of Leicester is in the top ten UK universities for COVID-19 research.
The life sciences sector in Leicester and Leicestershire is booming, with more than 4,500 people working at 135 life science firms, and huge growth over recent years.
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What you'll need
Typically people in this sector have degrees in subjects like biology, pharmacology, environmental science, or a related subject like chemistry. But it is not essential; you can do an apprenticeship for example. There are also roles in manufacturing, quality control, HR, accountancy, and management.
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Red – Formal qualifications required – GCSEs Grades 4-9, Level 3 qualifications, A levels or Degree
Amber – Some formal qualifications may be required at Level 2 depending on the employer this will vary depending on the organisation and position
Green – No formal qualification required