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Science, Mathematics and Statistics

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Scientists

Technician levels

  • Laboratory technicians or healthcare scientist support workers need a minimum of four GCSEs (A*-C) including science, maths and English or equivalent qualifications.  
  • It may also be possible to start as a trainee laboratory technician with four GCSE's (A*-C) via an Apprenticeship scheme.
  • Employers in industry often seek candidates with higher level qualifications for technician work including A levels, BTEC level 3, or Higher National Certificates/Diplomas, or degrees in science subjects.
  • Technicians may study whilst at work for NVQs at Levels 2 to 4 in laboratory and associated technical activities or relevant Higher National Diplomas/Certificates and degrees. With further training and qualifications laboratory technicians/assistants may be able to progress.

Professional levels

  • A degree is essential for many scientific jobs. Science degree courses in all disciplines or a mixture of science subjects are offered by universities throughout the UK.
  • Entry to science-based foundation degrees and BTEC HNC/HND level 5 qualifications is usually with a minimum of one A level. Other qualifications may be accepted, including a BTEC level 3 qualification or equivalent.
  • Entry to a science degree is usually with a minimum of two A levels including two science subjects (related to the degree subject) or one science and maths,( for example Physics and Maths for a Physics degree) and five GCSEs (A*-C). People without the normal entry qualifications can prepare for higher education by taking an Access course in science.
  • Graduates with a good (a first or 2.1) degree in a subject related to the specific clinical science specialism such as biochemistry, biology, chemistry, engineering, genetics, microbiology, physics and physiology, can apply for trainee clinical scientist positions in the NHS. Although many applicants to clinical scientist training have a postgraduate qualification, such as an MSc (Masters degree) or PhD. Entry to an MSc or PhD is usually with at least an upper second class honours degree.
  • Many science graduates continue into postgraduate study, taking a Masters or PhD - especially if they are aiming to do a research related job. This is especially the case in very competitive areas such as ecology.  

 

Maths related jobs

Technician levels

  • It may be possible to begin a career in statistics as a statistical assistant with GCSEs (A*-C), including maths and English, or with A levels or equivalent qualifications with a statistical content.
  •  With experience, training and further qualifications statistical assistants may be able to progress.

Professional levels

  • Mathematicians, operational researchers and statiticians usually hold a first honours degree, generally in mathematics, statistics, operational research, physics or another subject with a high mathematical content. Subjects that have a high statistical content such as economics, computing, psychology and management science may be accepted for statistical jobs.
  • For a degree, entry requirements are usually at least two A levels, including maths, plus five GCSEs (A*-C) including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications. AS/A level in further mathematics is highly desirable. ICT and science subjects are also extremely helpful. The Diplomas in engineering, construction and the built environment and manufacturing and product design may be relevant for this area of work.
  • Many mathematicians also have a postgraduate qualification. An MSc usually takes one year full time, while a PhD usually requires three or four years' full-time study.
  • Postgraduate study usually requires a first degree in a relevant subject, often at least a 2:1. Many UK universities offer postgraduate mathematics degrees, which range from pure mathematics to more applied subjects such as financial mathematics, mathematical modelling, statistics, operational research, theoretical physics, economics, hydrology, biostatistics and many more.

For more information about the courses on offer locally for 14-19 year olds - including the new Diplomas - why not check out your local area prospectus?

For courses in higher education check out the UCAS website - www.ucas.com

For Apprenticeships check out vacancies on the National Apprenticeship site - www.apprenticeships.org.uk