The UK science sector is a major contributor to the national economy and employs 1.2 million people. The UK is a world leader in many areas of science including the pharmaceutical and aerospace sciences. Despite this, there is a shortage of suitably qualified scientists in the UK. Closely related to the science sector is the medical and care sector in which scientists work in a range of areas to identify diseases, support medical staff and analyse data.
The UK science jobs market is growing. Locally, there are many major companies including AstraZeneca, Airbus, MBDA, Roche and GSK. There are also a wide range of smaller companies carrying out materials testing, drug safety tests or providing forensic services.
Our science students are based at our Stevenage Campus.
Our science courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands on experience of the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like GSK, AstraZeneca, Airbus, MBDA and Roche
Regular trips to science industry employers in Hertfordshire
Engagement with guest speakers from businesses like University of Hertfordshire, Stevenage BioScience Catalyst and ENH NHS Trust
Opportunities to attend major national events and present research projects to peers and sector experts at major events such as the second annual Health & Science Symposium.
NHC offers the BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science and the Extended Degree in Science. The courses are ideal for students wishing to enter the science sector, covering biology, chemistry and physics.