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Science, Mathematics and Statistics

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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. Employers in industry often seek candidates with higher level qualifications including A levels or degrees in science subjects 
  • It may also be possible to start as a trainee laboratory technician with four GCSE's (A*-C) via an Apprenticeship scheme

Professional levels

  • A degree is essential for many scientific jobs. 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.
  • 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 statisticians 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.
  • Many mathematicians also have a postgraduate qualification. .


For courses in higher education, see UCAS

For courses in schools and colleges, see UCAS Progress

For Apprenticeship information, including vacancies, see the National Apprenticeship Service