You could do a degree in a subject like microbiology, biology or biological science.
Some employers may ask for a relevant postgraduate qualification and work experience.
You may be able to do an integrated postgraduate master's qualification like a MBiolSci, MBiol or MSci. These courses include independent research and can lead onto further postgraduate study for a PhD.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and a science
- 2 or 3 A levels, including a biological science for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study