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
- 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).
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.
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.
Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity, as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.
Learn about the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.
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.
Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.
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.
Careers and employability
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.
Campus and facilities
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.
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.
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
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