A qualified Laboratory Scientist can work in a wide range of fields including (but not exclusively) chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear power and analytical services.

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A scientist can carry out a range of technical and scientific activities which may include laboratory-based investigations and scientific experimentation in their specialist field. 

The Level 6 Laboratory Scientist apprenticeship is the ideal next step for those who are keen to pursue a career in science and would like to gain a highly recognised qualification.

Benefits of the Programme 

The Laboratory Scientist apprenticeship is an innovative programme that helps 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 programme is offered via blended learning – a mixture of online and face-to-face learning. The online delivery component is delivered using the virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle: Moodle contains detailed content for each module and is broken down. Much of the programme is centred around work-based learning and projects, which means as an apprentice, you will be adding value to your organisation as you work through your BSc.

In addition to on- and off-the-job training, you will  be supported by a dedicated Apprenticeship Advisor. 

Molly Robinson, Laboratory Scientist Apprentice

Molly Robinson, Laboratory Scientist - Applied Bioscience.  Read Molly's case study here.


Qualifications  

Upon successful completion, the apprentice will have achieved a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in either chemical or bioscience.   

This apprenticeship also maps well to Registered Scientist(RSci) or RSci Technician (RSciTech) status, which is a measure of excellence for practising scientists and those working in higher technical roles. Therefore, you can use your apprenticeship certificate to apply for RSci through a shortened application method through the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) or Science Council.  

Duration and commitment 

There is a 54-month delivery with 6 months for End-Point Assessment (EPA).  

The Level 6 Laboratory Scientists have face to face teaching at our ‘Summer Schools’ – these are for practical assessments and examinations. The Summer School usually runs Monday – Thursday in late August or early September.  These usually occur twice across the duration of the programme  

Line managers are expected to support apprentices in their day-to-day job roles and attend the progress reviews with the Apprenticeship Advisor every 8-12 weeks to sign off the apprentice's skills and behaviours in preparation for the end-point assessment. 

Entry requirements   

At least five GCSE passes (or equivalent), including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. They are also required to have achieved at least two subjects at A Level (or equivalent), including Chemistry / Biology. Alternatively, applicants must have completed a Level 3 Laboratory Technical Apprenticeship in a relevant science discipline. 

Biology Pathway Modules 

Year 1 
Cell Biology
Microbiology
Introductory Chemistry for Biologists
Biochemistry
Basic Laboratory/Industry Skills (Summer School)
Human Physiology and Disease

Year 2 
Business Improvement
Metabolism and Enzymology
Study Design and Data Analysis
Advanced Laboratory/Industry Skills (Summer School)
Infection and Immunity

Year 3 
Pharmacology
2 out of 3 Optional Modules 
Applied Microbiology
Oncology
Separation Science
 
Company Based Project

Year 4
Drug Discovery and Development
3 out of 5 Optional Modules
Nanomedicine
Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
Clinical Pharmacology
Advanced Immunology & Microbiology
Advanced Therapeutic Agents 
Computational Molecular Biology

Year 5
Company Based Laboratory Research Project


Chemistry Pathway Modules

Year 1
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
General and Inorganic Chemistry 
Basic Analytical Chemistry 
Basic Laboratory/Industry Skills (Summer School) 

Year 2 
Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
1 out of 2 Optional Modules
Biochemistry
Microbiology
Business Improvement
GxP 
Advanced Laboratory/Industry Skills (Summer School)
 
Year 3 
3 of 4 Optional Modules 
Separation Science
Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry
Introduction to Drug Synthesis 
Pharmacology
 
Company Based Project

Year 4 
Research Methods 
Drug Discovery and Development
3 out of 4 Optional Modules
Computational Chemistry 
Analytical Chemistry 
Nanomedicine 
Advanced Therapeutic Agents 

Year 5 
Company Based Laboratory Research Project


Fees and Funding 

The cost of the programme is £27,000 per apprentice and this can be paid for from the apprenticeship levy or by government co-investment funding which covers up to 95% of the fees. There is also the cost of accommodation and travel for Summer Schools. This should be funded by the employer and is not payable from apprenticeship levy or government funding. 

Start Dates 

We offer start dates in September, October, January and May for this programme. The cut-off for applications is normally one month prior to the course starting.

Next Steps

Employers and Employees

Our team are there to offer support with developing apprenticeships in your organisation, be it upskilling existing employees or recruiting for new roles.

Contact us by emailing recruitapprenticeships@kent.ac.uk or by calling 01634 888467 (9:30am - 4pm Monday to Friday).

Students and Prospective Apprentices

Apprenticeships are available to those already employed in a relevant position and require the support of an employer to take part. If you are not already employed in a relevant role, please visit our please visit our Becoming an Apprentice page.

There are two academic programmes that underpin the Laboratory Scientist Standard (Level 6):  

Applied Bioscience BSc or

Applied Chemical Sciences BSc

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