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Life Sciences

Facts & Figures

3,250 people in Cheshire & Warrington work in Life Sciences
7,000 jobs are planned at Alderley Park by 2025
over 150 bio-tech and life-sciences businesses in the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone
£39,600 average salary in Cheshire & Warrington


Cheshire and Warrington has long led the way in Life Sciences and innovation.

At the eastern end of the Cheshire Science Corridor, Bruntwood SciTech’s Alderley Park, has been dynamic in responding to the transformation of the life sciences market. Already home to over 2000 people, offering scientific services, flexible space and business support, plus outstanding amenities, it continues to thrive in attracting new and experienced talent from within and outside the region.

With eight universities with 105,400 science students within a 1 hour drive, producing 32,800 science graduates each year, the region is thriving with a fresh and innovative talent pool.

Alderley Park

Find out more about some of the career opportunities at Alderley Park.

PHASTAR works with small and large biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies to provide statistical consulting, analysis and reporting, data management and data science services. Find out more by watching the video below:

Customer Story: Phastar from Alderley Park on Vimeo.

Sygnature Discovery are a drug discovery contract research organisation supporting small biotechs through to large pharmaceutical companies. Find out more about how they recruit scientists in the region by watching the video below:

Customer Story: Sygnature Discovery from Alderley Park on Vimeo.

Life Sciences Jobs (these are a selection of jobs - click on 'View more jobs' to see more opportunities)

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Companies in Cheshire & Warrington operating in life sciences

Routes In


Apprenticeships can open doors to a wide variety of manufacturing jobs and can be taken at different levels, including Intermediate, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

You will generally need a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) including English, maths and science or technology subjects, often at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) due to competition for places.

Colleges / Training Providers

At colleges and training providers, engineering / manufacturing qualifications can be studied from entry level all the way up to university level qualifications, including Apprenticeships and Level 3 courses.

Check out the Science qualifications you can study at Macclesfield College, Cheshire College South and West or Warrington Vale Royal college as an example of what Science courses involve.

You can use Start’s Where to Learn map to see what other providers offer manufacturing qualifications around you.


A foundation degree, HND or degree in the following subjects may increase your chances of securing a Science job. Subjects such as; biology, chemistry, electrical and electronic engineering, food science and technology, materials science and technology, mechanical engineering, physics, process engineering, would all be useful to scientific roles.

Different routes will suit different people and it’s important to consider all options before making a decision.

Local Life Sciences Apprenticeships

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Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals Learning Opportunities

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