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Biologist and Senior Lecturer

Canterbury Christ Church University


  • Video »
  • Case Study »
    • In his video, Chris talks about evolutionary biology and the ecology of an Echium pininana plant. Chris is a Senior Lecturer in Biology at Canterbury Christ Church University.
    • This Ambassadors@Work profile will focus on the Biologist Career, but as you will learn from Chris in his video, he has progressed in his career to have specialisms and has taken on lecturing as his role.

  • Did you know? »

    ​Biologists work with living things - this can include both plants and animals.

  • Routes »
    • a university course
    • an apprenticeship
    • working towards this role

    University: You’ll usually need a relevant degree and often a postgraduate master’s qualification in a subject like biology, biological science, ecology or marine biology. Employers may also want you to have experience in your area of interest and possibly be working towards a PhD.

    Apprenticeship: You may be able to become a biologist through a higher or degree apprenticeship as a laboratory scientist.

    Working: You could start your career as a laboratory technician and train as a biologist while working by doing a relevant qualification.

  • Entry Requirements »

    University: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science, 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree, a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.

    Apprenticeship: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • knowledge of biology
    • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
    • maths knowledge
    • excellent written communication skills
    • analytical thinking skills
    • excellent verbal communication skills
    • the ability to work well with your hands
    • the ability to use your initiative
    • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. A diverse career with many routes for specialisms
    2. Environmental impact of your work
    3. Have a role in protecting plant and animals
    4. Develop new methods to care for living things, such as monitor or treat disease
    5. An ever-changing subject area with endless opportunities to discover more.
    6. Offer advice to people about issues of biology such as contamination and disposal of waste
    7. Opportunities to carry out experiments
    8. Research opportunities with publishing of scientific papers
    9. Career progression routes are vast
    10. Option to teach

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • Like Chris, there are many options for specialisms
    • Lecturer
    • Researcher
    • Teaching
    • Management
    • Media
    • Administration
    • Scientific Journalism

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