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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 a long and distinguished history of working in the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical industries.

Alderley Park, at the eastern end of the Cheshire Science Corridor, has been home to some of the world's most skilled and experienced science professionals for over 50 years.

Some of the world's most successful anticancer treatments have been developed at the site.

Life Sciences Jobs

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These are some of the companies in Cheshire & Warrington operating in life sciences and pharmaceuticals

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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