Course detail and funding

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Our BSc (Hons) Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity to develop trained early career bioinformaticians for your business.

We've developed the course with a wide spectrum of leading, industry-relevant employers, along with academic experts, to deliver the skills that employers want. The apprenticeship is mapped to the Level 6 Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship Standard.

Module breakdown

The following modules will be covered on the BSc (Hons) Bioinformatics degree.

Year 1

  • Core Biology 1
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics and Data Science
  • Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Bioinformatics
  • Computational Methods and Algorithms
  • Introduction to Software Engineering

Year 2

  • Foundations of Cell Biology
  • Laboratory Techniques for Bioinformatics
  • Core Biology 2
  • Understanding the Bioinformatics Workplace
  • Bioinformatics Software, Tools and Programming<
  • Databases, Management and Analytics

Year 3

  • Metabolism and Control
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Preparation for Research
  • Proteomics and Molecular Structure
  • Advanced Programming Methods for Systems Biology and Visualisation
  • Translational Bioinformatics

Year 4

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Business Planning and Entrepreneurship
  • Medical Genetics
  • Current Advances in Biomedical Science
  • Undergraduate Major Project

Key information

Our course is:

  • delivered part-time over four years
  • blended learning: online study combined with one day per week in term time at ARU’s Cambridge campus for lectures, workshops and lab work
  • suitable for new recruits aged 17 or over who meet the minimum entry requirements (eg school leavers, level 3 and 4 apprentices) as well as existing staff employed in a relevant role.

We also offer an additional six months to complete the End Point Assessment (EPA), which consists of a knowledge test, report and professional discussion.

You'll find more information on the course page, where apprentices can also apply.

Fees and funding

The total fees for this course are £19,000 over four years.

You can use the Apprentice Levy towards course fees.

  • Companies with an annual salary bill of less than £3m: you'll pay 5% of the total course costs, payable in monthly instalments.
  • Companies with an annual salary bill of more than £3m: you'll contribute 0.5% over the £3m into the Apprentice Levy. You'll then be able to use funds in your Digital Account to fund apprenticeships for existing staff or new apprentices. The Government provides £1.10 for every £1 you pay in.

Take a look at our FAQs for more information about the Apprenticeship Levy and funding.

Find out more about the benefits to your business offered by our Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship.