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Applied Chemical Sciences

This three-year degree programme underpins the Technician Scientist higher apprenticeship standard.

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Course overview

Developed with, and for employers, the programme incorporates interactive e-learning, on- and off-site academic support and short residential blocks. It can support individuals wanting to progress their career within SME and global organisations, covering relevant roles in the life science supply chain from research through development and into manufacturing.

The higher apprenticeship is delivered as a blended course. Most material will be in the form of directed self-learning via the university’s e-learning platform, Moodle, and face to face teaching held over the summer.

The University of Kent is at the forefront of providing science-based higher and degree apprenticeships. It is one of the few universities to provide a chemical science-aligned degree programme for the Technician Scientist higher apprenticeship standard. Our expertise in e-learning delivery, together with flexible entry points, means that the programme can be delivered with the least disruption to the business.

We offer an optional top-up study of 1.5 years in BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemical Sciences Higher Apprenticeship that underpins the Laboratory Scientist higher apprenticeship standard.

About the Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

The University of Kent has delivered higher apprenticeships since 2011, working with industry-leading employers including GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Novartis and Unilever.

Kent launched the Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in 2016 to build on this experience. The centre works in partnership with regional and national employers to develop apprenticeships tailored to their needs. The centre also has an important role to play within the University, supporting academic schools on all aspects of delivering apprenticeship training. 

We help to devise a tailored programme of study that complements activity in your workplace, underpinned by our leading academic programmes.

Why study Applied Chemical Sciences at Kent?

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship standard is recognised by the Science Council at registered Scientist (RSci) level.

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Industry connections

The University has delivered higher apprenticeships since 2011, working with industry-leading employers including GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and AstraZeneca.


Optional top-up

We also offer an optional top-up study of 1.5 years in BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemical Sciences Higher Apprenticeship.

Everything you need to know about our Applied Chemical Sciences course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
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The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

The three year part-time study awards 240 credits upon successful completion of the course.

How you'll study

The higher apprenticeship is delivered as a blended course. Most material will be in the form of directed self-learning via the universities e-learning platform, Moodle, and face to face teaching held over the summer.

Your future

A technician scientist carries out established laboratory based investigations and basic scientific experimentation using bench and instrumentation techniques. They use a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills following well established principles associated with their organisation’s science and technology, which may typically be within chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products or analytical services.

They carry out routine lines of enquiry, development or investigation taking responsibility for the quality of the work they undertake. They work safely and ethically often under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control quality and safety of scientific products.  They critically evaluate appropriateness of commonly used approaches to solving routine problems, using a range of approaches to formulate evidence based responses to defined and routine problems and issues within their area of work. They also contribute to solutions to problems within the wider scientific team, using appropriate project management procedures.They perform record keeping and checks and use data capture systems relevant to the technical and scientific procedures that they use. They analyse relevant scientific information, interpret and evaluate data, prepare results and provide progress updates of their work. They manage resources within a clearly defined area.

They use their awareness of any research interests and the technical context and processes of the laboratory alongside senior team members to contribute to the proposal of new scientific ideas. They have an up to date knowledge of technical, scientific and regulatory developments related to the conduct of the laboratory. They communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences

They work as part of a wider scientific team, which may include laboratory scientists and laboratory technicians, in settings where there is certainty and with limited ambiguity taking personal responsibility for decision making in routine predictable contexts.

Typical job titles include; Analytical Support Chemist, Technical Support Scientist, Microbiology Support Scientist, Process Development Technologist, Laboratory Assistant, Senior Laboratory Technician, Assistant Scientist, Technical Specialist  (Scientist), Quality Control Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Co-ordinator, Technical Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Analyst, Laboratory Research Assistant

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship standard is recognised by the Science Council at registered Scientist (RSci) level.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers for information on what costs can and cannot be included within the apprenticeship cost.

Please note that the Basic and Advanced Laboratory Skills (summer schools) accommodation, food and travel expenditure will come at an additional cost. 

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

The maximum amount of funding the government will contribute towards this apprenticeship is £27,000, including the end point assessment. As each apprenticeship is tailored to the need to the employer, please contact the Centre for Higher & Degree Apprenticeship for full costings.

The university is working with levy and non-levy employers to provide apprenticeships and welcome inquiries from interested organisations.

Next steps

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This forms part of an apprenticeship and cannot be applied for as a standalone programme. Please see the apprenticeships website for more information on becoming an apprentice or offering an apprenticeship with your company.

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