Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Life and Health Sciences

This new applied qualification responds to the needs of the growing life and health sciences sector in Northern Ireland, which generates sales worth about £800 million a year and growing. It was developed as a result of the findings of the 2015 Northern Ireland MATRIX report into life and health sciences, which identified the need to support and develop the future workforce with the full range of scientific skills and knowledge necessary for the sector to continue to thrive.

Life and health science related industries make up over 25% of Northern Irelandís total economic output. They include a diverse range of businesses and employment opportunities, from pharmaceutical and chemical to the National Health Service. Students will benefit from being immersed in an exciting range of specialised scientific units, such as Medicine, Drugs and Clinical Trials and Enabling Technology, which reflect and complement the opportunities this sector provides.