Manchester Metropolitan University

Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship

for Apprentice Students

The Laboratory Scientist Higher and Degree Apprenticeship is a great way to start or progress a career in the chemical industry sector. It is your opportunity to get a foot in the door of a world-leading company or a specialist regional business, learn from industry professionals and develop key scientific and laboratory skills.

The programme has been designed for technical employees working within chemical or allied industries who wish to enhance their career opportunities and also people newly recruited into the industry.

The qualification has been shaped by leading employers so that knowledge and skills are applied and embedded in the workplace to leverage your improving confidence and performance within the business context.

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What You Will Study

The content of this three or five-year programme, delivers the technical knowledge and investigative skills for a role in a laboratory.  Typical units of study may include:

FdSc Chemical Science

  • Chemical Concepts 1 (Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry)
  • Health, Safety, Environment and Functional Skills
  • Laboratory and Scientific Skills 1
  • Business Improvement
  • Chemical Concepts 2 (Advanced Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry)
  • Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2
  • Environmental Management and Sustainability (for the Chemical Sector)
  • Negotiated Learning Contract.

After three years participants will complete the Higher Apprenticeship and achieve a FdSc Chemical Science.

BSc Chemical Science

If participants choose to continue to study for a further two years they can achieve a BSc (Hons) Chemical Science. Units may include:

  • Advanced Chemical Concepts A (Further Inorganic and Organic Chemistry)
  • Work-based Project and Professional Development
  • Advanced Chemical Concepts B (Further Inorganic and Physical Chemistry)
  • Advanced Topics (in Applied Chemical Science)

The work-based projects, negotiated with employers, offer students the opportunity to apply their learning directly to their organisation and its business context.

Delivery Model

The programme is taught via tutor-supported distance learning and apprentices also attend residential schools for one week each year, which is equivalent to 31 working days over the five-year programme. This means that there will be opportunities on this programme with organisations throughout England.

Apprentices are supported by a supervisor in the workplace and will have regular reviews of progress with Manchester Met staff in person, by phone or video conferencing. 

The Degree Award

At the end of the third year of study, apprentices will complete the FdSc Chemical Science. With the support of your employer, apprentices can continue for an additional two years to achieve a BSc (Hons) Chemical Science qualification.

Completion of either award allows apprentices to apply for Registered Scientist (RSci) status with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Entry Requirements

Direct entry from school or college will normally require three A-levels (with one being Chemistry, Maths or Physics) or equivalent, equating to a minimum of 88 UCAS tariff points, and Maths and English Language GCSE grade A*-C. For those in relevant work, suitability is evaluated on an individual basis. 

How to Apply

You have to apply direct to an employer offering opportunities on the programme and vacancies are listed in the section below.

The application process varies by employer, but your first step should be to complete our registration form and we will keep you up to date with vacancies and support.

More detailed ‘How to Apply’ Information

To secure an apprenticeship you will need to apply for a position with one of our partner employers, which are listed in the sections below.

Please check back regularly to see our latest opportunities or register your interest using the button below to receive email alerts.

Register Interest

Vacancies with our partner employers will be displayed here when they become available. Register your interest to receive job alerts.

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