Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship

for Apprentice Students

The Laboratory Scientist 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 four-year programme delivers the technical knowledge and investigative skills for a role in a laboratory.  Typical units of study may include:

  • Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical Analysis
  • Applied Chemistry for Industry
  • Spectroscopy and Instrumental Analysis
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis
  • Further Topics in Chemistry
  • Introduction to Workplace Regulation
  • Communication & Research Skills
  • Laboratory Scientist Skills 1
  • Laboratory Scientist Skills 2
  • Business Improvement
  • Workplace Project
  • Project and Personal Development

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 over four-years and apprentices also attend residential schools for one week each year. This means that there will be opportunities to work with employers based 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

All successful apprentices will achieve a BSc (Hons) Chemical Science qualification. Completion of the 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 112 UCAS tariff points. Prospective candidates should also have Maths and English GCSE grade A-C or equivalent. We will individually evaluate candidates who do not meet these requirements but have suitable work experience.

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.

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