Work-based, part-time undergraduate (4 years)
This course is delivered though blended learning: online through Canvas, our learning management system, and attendance at our Cambridge campus.
Use your knowledge of computing to help answer some of the biggest scientific questions we have left to answer. If you're passionate about coding, programming and algorithms, our Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship could be your next step.
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.
Being an apprentice, and having that mindset, equipped me to be an entrepreneur. That’s why I would recommend this path to anyone thinking about where to go next with their career
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 Scientist Degree Apprenticeship for the bioinformatics profession, and a pioneering initiative to develop trained early career bioinformaticians.
Twenty percent of your learning will be classed as ‘off the job’, which means that you'll be learning during normal working hours either in your place of work or outside – but not as part of your normal working duties.
You will also attend our Cambridge campus one day per week to cover study skills and module content.
As well as learning while you earn, the benefits of studying this course include:
You'll need to be employed in a relevant role to study this course. To find out about apprenticeship opportunities with our partner employers, visit our vacancies page.
The degree apprenticeship is going to help me stand out, because not only do I have a degree - I will also have those years’ experience in a business applying what I have learnt
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.
On-programme assessments will test the academic elements of your course and may include:
The End Point Assessment also tests for the apprenticeship element of the course. It's composed of three elements.
Successful completion of the End Point Assessment will signify the completion of the apprenticeship, as well as the full degree.
If you don’t meet the above requirements your application will be considered on a case by case basis and may require an interview. *This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications, which are mandatory.
Course offers can only be made if approved Level 2 certificates are provided prior to the start of the course.
For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements download this document from: the gov.uk website
Part-time, work-based undergraduate (4 years)
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