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Biology apprenticeships

Biology apprenticeshipsIf you're interested in biology and want to earn while you earn, an apprenticeship could be the route for you.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a work-based training course, which combines study with paid real-world work. Apprenticeships allow you to earn while working towards a qualification like a BTEC or NVQ.

Find out more about apprenticeships.

Two of the major categories of apprenticeship have elements of biology: Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care, and Health, Public Services and Care.

Although not every apprenticeship in these categories involves biology, there are many that do, including:

  • Animal care
  • Horticulture
  • Veterinary nursing
  • Dental Nursing

What do I need to get onto an apprenticeship?

There are basic requirements for your maths and English skills, but otherwise what you need will depend on the specific apprenticeship you're applying for. For example, the Veterinary Nursing apprenticeship requires at least five GCSEs at grade C or higher.

If you want to do an Advanced Apprenticeship and you haven't already done the Intermediate Apprenticeship in the same subject, you'll need some relevant qualifications or work experience, so good results in biology at GCSE or A-level will be useful.

What can I do next?

Because they combine vocational learning with on-the-job experience, they put you on the first step to a career - you might even be able to stay on with the employer that took you on as an apprentice. But that's not the only option: you can also progress to a higher-level apprenticeship or even a degree. For example, you might go from an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Animal Care to the Advanced Apprenticeship, and then to an HND or degree in Animal Science.