Health and Life Sciences

Health and Life Sciences

Are you curious about how the living world works? How humans, animals and plants are made up and how they function? Do you want to solve problems, be involved in caring and help make a difference? You could enjoy Health & Life Sciences.

Our Health & Life Sciences pathway will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work across numerous areas of health and social care as well as the bioscience sector which develops biological solutions to help improve life for humans, animals and the environment.

As a specialist science and technology centre, we will help you to develop the kind of technical and scientific skills which the healthcare sector increasingly needs alongside personal skills such as caring, communication and teamwork. We are proud of the close links we have with the University of Derby, the NHS and Joined Up Care Derbyshire, which allows us to prepare our students for employment and university study.

At KS4, you will study Level 2 OCR Cambridge Nationals in Health & Social Care, alongside GCSEs.

At KS5, you will study Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science alongside A Levels.

Jobs in the Health and Life Sciences sectors include:

  • Bioinformatician
  • Nurse
  • Speech Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Midwife
  • Psychologist
  • Dietician

Working with employers

The Health & Life Sciences specialism at the UTC has been developed with the NHS, Joined Up Care Derbyshire and the
University of Derby and will be supported by a wide range of professionals working in the field as the specialism develops. Derby and the surrounding area is part of the third largest centre of expertise for medical technologies in the UK. Together with Nottingham, the area is home to over 200
medical technology firms including some of the largest Health & Life Sciences businesses such as Walgreens Boots Alliance and Pennine Healthcare.
You could be part of this growing sector!

As well as these large businesses, the area also features two of the biggest business support centres for bio-science businesses,  MediCity Nottingham and BioCity Nottingham. BioCity Nottingham site was expanded in 2017 with the opening of the £30million BioCity Discovery building. It is estimated this new building will create up to 700 Life Sciences jobs over the next 30 years.

Employer-led projects

You will work on employer projects with employers, including the NHS and Derby University. These projects will support your technical learning and may cover areas such as diseases and infections, laboratory techniques, medical physics and its applications, monitoring and maintaining health, chemical reactions or the nervous and endocrine system.