Develop and enhance a unique skillset to help answer some of the biggest scientific questions we have left to answer with our Data Scientist (Bioinformatics) Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honours degree in Bioinformatics while you work, with no tuition fees.
This course will focus on the development of a unique skillset that brings data science together with software engineering, computational biology and mathematics. It’s ideal if you’re passionate about coding, programming and algorithms and want to use your knowledge to help answer some of the biggest scientific questions left to answer.
Bioinformatics put simply is digital biology – it’s doing biology on a computer. We need technology to access biology, and bioinformatics is the discipline evolving to address that requirement. It’s the basis of understanding biology in the future.
Bioinformatics involves the handling and analysing of complex information or ‘big data' derived from biological experiments. These different data types are combined to understand genes, the genome, how molecules interact and how this is relevant to diseases and their cures.
Bioinformatics is a rapid growth area in the UK and globally; Cambridge especially is at the forefront of genomic discovery. Bioinformatics skills are in huge demand in the NHS and the pharma, biotech, research and big data sectors.
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore is not part of your usual work duties.
The off-the-job learning will be delivered through online University-led learning sessions and activities, one-day workshops, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.
The Data Scientist (Bioinformatics) Degree Apprenticeship is taught via a blended format combining weekly teaching on our Cambridge campus, together with online resources.
You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.
You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.
The EPA for this apprenticeship is integrated into the on-programme assessments. Therefore, on successful completion of your degree, you will also complete the apprenticeship.
We've worked with the world-renowned Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to develop the BSc (Hons) Bioinformatics degree. It is the UK’s first Data Science Degree Apprenticeship for the bioinformatics profession, and a pioneering initiative to develop trained early career bioinformaticians.
"I chose the apprenticeship route because I believe it is a more engaging, more effective and more reliable way to learn the skills and knowledge in this field.”
Data Scientist (Bioinformatics) Degree Apprentice
"I’m so happy that I chose this route. I’m very lucky to be getting a degree without the student debt, while earning and gaining valuable experience.”
Data Scientist (Bioinformatics) Degree Apprentice
There's a wide range of career opportunities available in the emerging, exciting field of bioinformatics. Plant science, marine bioinformatics, human health, wearable technologies and home genetics testing are just some of the fields you could work in.
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.
*If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the start of the course. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
**We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, are well-supported by your employer, and demonstrate the ability to manage university-level study. This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications which are mandatory.
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.
To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.
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