Clinical Trials Specialist

A Clinical Trials Specialist works in both public and private research organisations, generally in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries.

Our Clinical Trials Specialist degree apprenticeship (Level 6) works in collaboration with Clinical Professionals Ltd and aims to advance the skills of those in the field and attract new staff. It is suitable for people who work as part of a team which focuses on the delivery and execution of Phase I-IV clinical trials. 

This apprenticeship is for people working as part of a multidisciplinary team in private or public clinical research organisations within pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. They will usually be office-based but may travel to sites (hospitals, pharmacology units and General Practitioners) to conduct monitoring activities. Typical roles may include:  

  • Clinical Trials Assistant 
  • Clinical Trials Administrator 
  • Clinical Research Associate  
  • Study Co-ordinator with development to Clinical Project Manager 

Benefits of the programme   

At Kent, we have an experienced team with a wealth of expertise in apprenticeships in health and science. We can provide advice and support on all aspects of the process from advertising the vacancy and funding, to workplace monitoring and end-point assessment requirements. Our award-winning blended learning approach, combining e-learning and block teaching, allows your apprentices to thrive in the workplace while gaining a degree.  

Clinical Professionals Ltd has been delivering an industry-specific accredited graduate training programme for over three years now, winning multiple awards for innovation and delivery. Partnering with Kent, we have used our industry expertise to formulate a complimentary set of modules for the apprenticeship degree focusing more on clinical trials and operating with a strong emphasis on face-to-face delivery.  

We work with employers nationwide, of any size, to fill a skills gap in their business. You employ the apprentice directly or via an Apprenticeship Training Academy and we work with you to:  

  • provide an academic programme of study (20% of the apprentice’s paid hours should be spent completing off-the-job training)  
  • design on-the-job training plans  
  • support you and your apprentice with workplace visits. 

Amy Kirby, Clinical Trials Specialist Apprentice alumna

Amy Kirkby went straight from A levels into a Clinical Trials Specialist degree apprenticeship with the University of Kent.  

Read what she says here


Upon successful completion, the apprentice will have achieved a BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience or BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience with Clinical Research Operations. 

Duration and commitment   

We are now offering two options for the Level 6 programme. There is a 54-month delivery with 6 months for End-Point Assessment (EPA) or a shorter 45-month delivery (still with 6 months for EPA). The 54-month programme is our standard delivery model; however, some employers prefer a more condensed version of the course. The 45-month model has combined two units which will be delivered together as one 30-credit module. The 54-month model includes extra revision and study time for apprentices, so it is at the employers’ discretion to assess if their apprentice can achieve the same qualification in 9 months less than the standard model. 

Entry requirements   

At least five GCSE passes (or equivalent), including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. They are also required to have achieved at least two subjects at A Level (or equivalent), including Chemistry / Biology. Alternatively, applicants must have completed a Level 3 Laboratory Technical Apprenticeship in a relevant science discipline. 


Level 4 

Apprentices take the following compulsory modules:   

  • On boarding: Residential 3 Days  
  • Cell Biology  
  • Applied Chemistry  
  • Biochemistry 
  • Microbiology 
  • Regulation of Clinical Research* 
  • Introduction to GCP and GxP* 
  • Human Physiology and Disease  
  • Metabolism and Enzymology 

Level 5 

Apprentices take the following compulsory modules: 

  • Data Management and Statistics 
  • Critical Thinking* 
  • Applied Microbiology 
  • Infection and Immunity 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Pharmacovigilance* 
  • Documentation Management, Quality Management Systems and Biological Sample Management 
  • Project Management and Decision Making 

Level 6 

Apprentices take the following compulsory modules: 

  • Finance and Corporate Governance* 
  • Health Economics* 
  • Company-based Research Project 

They then choose three optional modules from the list below: 

  • Nanomedicine 
  • Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy 
  • Clinical Pharmacology  
  • Advanced Immunology and Microbiology 
  • Advanced Therapeutic Agents 
  • Advanced GI and Endocrinology 
  • Frontiers in Oncology and Haematology 
  • Advanced CV and Respiratory Physiology 
  • Advanced CNS Physiology and Ophthalmology 

Fees and funding 

The cost of the programme is £26,000 per apprentice and this can be paid for from the apprenticeship levy or by government co-investment funding which covers up to 95% of the fees. There is also the cost of accommodation and travel for Summer Schools. This should be funded by the employer and is not payable from apprenticeship levy or government funding. 

Start dates 

We offer start dates in September, January, and May for this programme. The cut-off for applications is normally one month prior to the start of the course.  

Contact us 

If you would like more information on the Clinical Trials Specialist Degree Apprenticeship, please book onto one of our upcoming Information Sessions or email us at   


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