Modern Apprenticeship - Life Sciences

A Modern Apprenticeship (MA) is a qualification candidates gain whilst in full-time employment.

A typical Modern Apprenticeship (MA) consists of a Scottish Vocational Qualification, (SVQ), Core skills (Communication, Numeracy, Problem Solving, Working with Others, ICT) and either an NC, HNC or HND or combination of these.

Modern Apprenticeships are a combination of practical work based qualifications which are carried out in the workplace and time spent in College on either a full-time, block or day release basis depending on the discipline chosen.

Applications for the MA in Life Sciences commencing August 2021 will close on Friday 26 February 2021.

Year 1
• Level 3 SVQ assessed in the workplace + HNC Applied Science day release

Year 2
• Level 3 SVQ assessed in the workplace + HNC Applied Science day release

Year 3
• Level 3 SVQ assessed in the workplace

• Apprentices will also be certificated for all 5 core skills at intermediate 2

• There is the Industrial Route and the Educational Route

• The vacancies are within Pharmaceutical and drinks industries, schools, colleges and universities

• All Modern Apprentices are employed full time from day one

• Funding for a Modern Apprenticeships may be funded or part Funded through Skills Development Scotland

• Laboratory Technician

• Permanent Employment within the Life Science industry
• HND Course
• University Degree Programme

One of the following:

  • Two Highers - including Maths and a science subject (ideally Biology or Chemistry) and four Standard Grades at Level 3 or National 5 awards or above including English
  • Successful completion of a relevant access course or an appropriate group of National Qualification units
  • Applicants who do not meet this criteria but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered


Additional Requirements:

  • All successful applicants will sit four aptitude tests, and have completed mandatory interview techniques
  • All companies involved will then interview applicants of their choosing
  • Applicants may have to go through a medical prior to employment

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Start date

    23 August 2021

  • End date

    27 May 2022