Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence


At CRC, we offer full-time, Apprenticeships and day release courses in Science as well as our more advanced courses for 19+ learners, including our popular Access to Science programme and HNC/HND in Biological Sciences for Industry.

The focus of our science programmes at CRC is to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to work in science-based industries or to enable progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualifications in science-related areas.

Past students have gone on to universities including Lancaster, UEA, Southampton, Coventry and Glasgow to study a wide range of subjects, from biochemistry and environmental science, to nursing and archaeology. Apprenticeships in the health and bioscience industries are a popular career option and students also go straight into work in industries in the sectors.

Great Reasons to choose Science at CRC

  • Award-winning staff
  • Excellent progression to employment, apprenticeships and higher education
  • Strong links with industry employers
  • High quality work experience
  • Great opportunities for standalone projects

What can you study at CRC

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeships for Laboratory & Science Technicians
Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Applied Science
Advanced Apprenticeship for Laboratory & Science Technicians
Access to Science
Level 4/5 BTEC HNC/HND Diploma in Biological Sciences for Industry

Paul Robinson

28, Laboratory Analyst at Melbourn Scientific
“I was promoted after completing an intermediate apprenticeship in laboratory and associated technical activities, and went on to do an advanced apprenticeship. The practical sessions we had in college improved my analytical techniques at work, and what I learned in the classroom gave me ideas to bring into the workplace.

My job role as a laboratory analyst involves the testing of pharmaceutical drugs for stability and shelf life properties. Eventually I want to progress to a team leader role, and the advanced apprenticeship has definitely broadened my knowledge and increased my chances of progressing in the company. I am particularly proud of the distinction grades I got on the Level 2 Apprenticeship.”

“You can do alot of practical work at college and there are more opportunities here. I want to go on to university to study forensic science.”

Abi Peters

Cambridge Campus Status

Huntingdon Campus Status