Degree Apprenticeship Undergraduate: BSc (Hons) Data Scientist Data Scientist (bioinformatics route)


Develop and enhance a unique skillset to help answer some of the biggest scientific questions we have left to answer with our Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honours degree in Data Science, specialising in bioinformatics, while you work, with no tuition fees.

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Course highlights

  • Developed in partnership with recognised industry leaders
  • You’ll work alongside industry experts in some of the world’s most advanced scientific companies
  • Course materials have been co-written by renowned bioinformaticians and scientists

This course will focus on the development of a unique skillset that brings data science together with software engineering, computational biology and mathematics. It’s ideal if you’re passionate about coding, programming and algorithms and want to use your knowledge to help answer some of the biggest scientific questions left to answer.

Key facts

A woman in a lab addressing the camera A new and exciting career path: hear from the experts

How to build your career in Bioinformatics

Want to know more about this new and exciting career path? Our video demystifies bioinformatics and explains how you could build a fulfilling career with the UK’s first Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship for the bioinformatics profession.

An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.

A proportion of your contracted hours will be classed as ‘off the job’. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to develop occupational competence and meet the requirements of the apprenticeship.

The off-the-job learning will be delivered through online University-led learning sessions and activities, one-day workshops, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.

The Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship is taught via a blended format combining occasional 'block' teaching on our Cambridge campus, together with online resources.


You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.

You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.

The EPA for this apprenticeship is integrated into the on-programme assessments. Therefore, on successful completion of your degree, you will also complete the apprenticeship.

An academic and industry partnership

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Developed with Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

We've worked with the world-renowned Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Industrial partners in the bioinformatics and drug discovery sector to develop this degree apprenticeship. It is the UK’s first Data Science Degree Apprenticeship for the bioinformatics profession, and a pioneering initiative to develop trained early career bioinformaticians.


There's a wide range of career opportunities available in the emerging, exciting field of bioinformatics. Plant science, marine bioinformatics, human health, wearable technologies and home genetics testing are just some of the fields you could work in.

Entry requirements

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract exceeding 30 hours per week
  • Employer support to undertake this course
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Skills Scan and Initial Assessment discussion

The minimum academic entry requirements are as follows:

  • 96 UCAS tariff points
    • 3 A levels at grade CCC with at least one STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject; Maths desirable
    • BTEC National Diploma DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a STEM subject
    • Access to HE Qualification
    • All appropriate and equivalent, UK and international, Level 3 (and above) qualifications will be considered.
  • In addition, applicants will need to have 5 GCSEs at grades C / 4 or above (or equivalent) including English and Maths

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may require an interview.

There is a government requirement for apprenticeship candidates to present suitable GCSE/ Level 2 Maths and English (or equivalent) certificates to complete an apprenticeship.

If you have a candidate who will not meet the Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy requirements, at the point of entry to the course, please contact your Degrees at Work Consultant to discuss implications and options. The offer of a place cannot be assured for applicants who have not yet completed these foundational qualifications.

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