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Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (BSc Hons Chemistry)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • 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 Inorganic Chemistry

Learn the fundamental concepts of theoretical and practical chemistry as well as aspects such as inorganic complexation reactions, indicator theory and acid-base systems.

Introduction to Specialist Topics in Chemistry

This module will be taught by distance learning and will include biological chemistry of drugs, polymeric materials and environmental issues.

Introduction to Physical Chemistry

Study physical chemistry including kinetic theory of gases, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, phase equilibria and distillation processes.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Learn about the bonding and structure in organic molecules and functional group chemistry, with an emphasis on reactivity and mechanism.

Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

Learn basic chemical principles including chromatography, applied optical spectroscopy, statistical tests, electroanalytical techniques, and appropriate specialist methods.

Professional Development

Engage with real-life examples of how chemistry works, and understand the influence of social, economic or environmental factors on the way chemical sciences operate. This module will be taught by distance learning and during a summer school.

Organic Chemistry

Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity, as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.

Physical Chemistry

Learn about the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

Professional Practice

Get prepared for the world of work through a short placement. You’ll be able to apply and observe, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally relevant processes and attitudes. This module will be taught by distance learning and during a summer school.

Instrumental Analysis (option)

Develop an understanding of how modern analytical instrumentation and radiochemical techniques are used to solve real-world problems in areas such as research, industry and the regulatory sectors. The lab sessions for this module will be taught during a summer school.

Drug Discovery and Design (option)

This module builds on the previous modules and introduces you to the processes involved in drug discovery and the steps taken by the medicinal chemist in order to take a lead compound and develop a drug for market.

Inorganic Chemistry

Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.

Analytical Chemistry

Builds on Year One with a focus on interfering sample matrices, quantitative and qualitative identification of multicomponent samples and measurements under non-ideal conditions.

Advanced Chemistry: Independent study

Study advanced topics across the spectrum of chemistry including heterocyclic chemistry, reaction mechanisms at metal centres, and molecular self-assembly and polymer chemistry in solution.

Medicinal Chemistry (option)

As well as providing an introduction to drug action and synthesis, this module also makes use of industry expertise with guest lecturers who work with you on real-world case studies.

Advanced Analytical Chemistry (option)

You'll look at routine and emerging methods of chemical analysis all supported by problem-based lab work where you will apply chemical analysis to complex samples.

Choose from two of the three modules below:

Advanced Organic Chemistry (option)

Builds on previous concepts presented in organic chemistry, and introduces you to concepts of total synthesis, asymmetric synthesis and advanced theories in pericyclic reactions.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (option)

Study a range of topics including bioinorganic chemistry, magnetochemistry, and the chemistry of lanthanides and actinides, to name a few.

Advanced Physical Chemistry (option)

Study the principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.


Research Project (in industry)

Develop plans and carry out a substantial independent research project of publishable quality. Understand the principles of analytical work and the limitations of experimental design.

Staff Profiles

Ray Leslie

Student Academic Experience Manager

School of Science & Technology

Ray Leslie

David Robinson

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr. Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, in the department of Chemistry and Forensics.

Emma Smith

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Emma Smith

Matthew Addicoat

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr Matthew Addicoat is an Independent Research Fellow in Functional Materials. His research interests lie in computational combinatorial chemistry – that is using computer calculations to search and sort many

Andrey Antonchick

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Andrey Antonchick | Nottingham Trent University

Sophie Benjamin

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr Sophie Benjamin - Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Gareth Cave

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Gareth Cave

Mike Coffey

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Mike Coffey

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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