Life Sciences

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 and help make a difference to the world in which you live?

Life Sciences at UTC Derby Pride Park will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work across numerous areas of medicine, healthcare and science. Life Sciences cover a very broad range of areas including biological innovation, sports science development, biochemistry and pharmaceutical research.

Life Sciences look at new ways to prevent as well as treat illness and how to improve quality of life. As a student at the UTC you will look at the application of biomedical sciences and the skills required to excel in the field.

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.

The Life Sciences specialism at the UTC has been developed with the NHS and the University of Derby and will be supported by a wide range of bio-science companies working in the field as the specialism develops.

Jobs in the Life Sciences sector include:

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist
  • Computational Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Research Assistant
  • Bioinformatician

Working with employers

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 Life Sciences businesses such as Walgreens Boots Alliance and Pennine Healthcare.

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.