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Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (BSc Hons Chemistry)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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The Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship enables businesses to develop their own graduate laboratory scientists. An innovative blend of higher education with work-based learning, to rapidly develop apprentices into confident laboratory professionals.

This programme has been developed with employers and enables successful apprentices to apply for Registered Scientist (RSci) status from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The apprenticeship focuses on the fundamental knowledge, skills and behaviours required to make an impact in a number of roles, including:

  • Team Leader
  • Technologist
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Senior Scientist
  • Process Operations Manager
  • We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).

What you’ll study

Apprentices will study the following modules over five years.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

  • Introduction to Specialist Topics in Chemistry
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
  • Professional Development
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Professional Practice
  • Instrumental Analysis (option)
  • Drug Discovery (option)

Year Four

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry (option)
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry (option)

Year Five

Choose from two of the three modules below:

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (option)
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (option)
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry (option)


  • Research Project (in industry)

Careers and employability

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC including Chemistry; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Chemistry modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in Chemistry; and
  • GCSE – English and Maths grade C / 4

Applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria but have sufficient relevant experience in the workplace will be considered on an individual basis provided they have undertaken some Level 3 study. Please contact us to discuss your options.

You'll need to be in current employment and have secured your employer's agreement to support you through the degree apprenticeship.

English and Maths qualifications:

  • GCSE Maths or international equivalent – minimum C or above
  • GCSE English or international equivalent – minimum C or above

If you have not achieved these grades or you do not have copies of your certificates to evidence this level you will be required to complete our online functional skills assessment during the application process and must achieve:

  • Maths function skills Level 1 and must be willing to gain Level 2 Maths during your apprenticeship
  • English functional skills Level 1 and must be willing to gain Level 2 English during your apprenticeship

Learning will be provided by Nottingham Trent University as part of your apprenticeship to equip you with the knowledge needed to pass Level 2 in English and Maths during the duration of your apprenticeship but please note that you will need to be prepared to commit to the additional learning required and longer teaching hours during your block weeks on campus.

Fees and funding

It is an employer’s responsibility to pay tuition fees as part of the apprenticeships training costs. Please refer to our Apprenticeships pages for fees, funding and guidance information.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.

Application deadline

Applications can be submitted up until the start of the course in September. Places are subject to availability, therefore we would advise early application.

Information for your employer

We have lots of useful advice and guidance on our website to help you discuss your options with your employer.

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