School of Chemistry - Business Partnership Unit

Laboratory Scientist (Chemistry) level 6 degree apprenticeship 

Male member of staff holders a chemistry beaker containing a yellow liquid.The Laboratory Scientist (Chemistry) degree apprenticeship offers employers the opportunity to attract, support and enable talented employees to access a high-level, challenging and rewarding educational experience alongside the world of work. 

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Qualification  BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Industry
Duration  5.5 years (including the End Point Assessment)
Entry requirements

This degree apprenticeship programme has been designed to support your recruitment into roles within your organisation and/or to up-skill your existing employees. For prospective apprentices without the traditional qualifications listed below, who have prior learning and skills developed from your workplace, please contact the University so that we can consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs: 6 in mathematics and 4 in English language (or equivalent)

A levels: AAB-BBB including B in chemistry (or equivalent). A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately

Preceding level apprenticeships: We may also consider preceding level apprenticeships in occupation areas, the personal circumstances of prospective apprentices and their industrial experience on a case-by-case basis

Apprentices who do not provide a suitable Level 2 English certificate, and do not hold an appropriate English language equivalent qualification from this list, will also need to provide an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) result that is dated within the last two years. The minimum requirement for this programme is an overall score of 6.0, with no less than a 5.5 in each of the individual elements. The university’s policy around this can be found here

Apprentices must be working in a job role that provides opportunities to learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship Standard and must work a minimum of 50% of their time in England. The apprenticeship route is only available to UK/EU/EEA nationals or apprentices who have lived and have had a right to work in the UK for three years or more.

Start date October 2022
Application closing date  June 2022
Cost £27,000 (for 2022/23 entry)
Delivery Blended learning
School School of Chemistry

The Level 6 Laboratory Scientist (Chemistry) degree apprenticeship programme combines the best of research-led education with the world of work. It gives your employees the opportunity to inform their academic studies with real-world experience, which enhances their learning and confidence and enables them to make significant contributions to your organisation – by refining scientific approaches, deepening research and expanding networks.

Why choose the University of Nottingham? 

The School of Chemistry at Nottingham has an excellent reputation for teaching and research.

We continue to receive high student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey (NSS). In the 2018 National Student Survey 98% of MSci Chemistry students were satisfied with the quality of the course. The latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF), a national assessment of university research, judged 95% of our research activity to be ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’.

We have dedicated staff who are committed to teaching and learning, and modern laboratories and teaching spaces for students to develop their theoretical and practical skills in chemistry.

Full course details

This apprenticeship programme includes a BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Industry degree plus a Level 6 apprenticeship certification.

The 5.5-year course (including the End Point Assessment (EPA)) has been designed to provide a high-level, challenging and rewarding education and experience for the chemistry leaders of the future.

The apprentice will undertake a minimum of 20% off-the-job learning, delivered via a blended approach made up of e-learning plus up to five weeks of face-to-face block release at the University per year.

These block release sessions will include comprehensive lab skills courses, formal assessments, tutorials, seminars and problem-solving workshops to consolidate the material delivered through digital platforms. 

The apprenticeship route explained 

Initial needs assessment

As part of the application and enrolment process, we will carry out an individual needs assessment. This will enable us to determine their existing levels of skill and knowledge, and build a personal plan which will set out all the learning, tutorial support, and resources provided by the University. 

Tripartite reviews

There will be termly tripartite reviews between the employer, apprentice and the University to formally assess progress in the academic programme and work-based learning.  


Apprentices are assessed through a mixture of exams and continuous assessment (for example practical work, coursework, and research projects). 

Support team

Each of our degree apprenticeship programmes are designed to include full support for the apprentice and the sponsoring employer. We provide:

  • an account manager to look after the employer relationship
  • a degree apprenticeship officer to support each apprentice throughout the end-to-end programme
  • an assigned academic tutor for the apprentice
  • workplace visits during the apprenticeship


All modules have a weighting of 10 credits (unless otherwise stated).


Year one
  • An Introduction to Structure, Periodicity and Coordination Chemistry (Part A)
  • An Introduction to Organic Molecules and their Reactivity (Part A)
  • An Introduction to Spectroscopy, Energy and Bonding in Chemistry (Part A)
  • Foundation Laboratory Work (Part A)
  • Calculations in Chemistry
  • Professional and Business Skills 1
  • Chemistry Study Skills
Year two
  • An Introduction to Structure, Periodicity and Coordination Chemistry (Part B)
  • An Introduction to Organic Molecules and their Reactivity (Part B)
  • An Introduction to Spectroscopy, Energy and Bonding in Chemistry (Part B)
  • Foundation Laboratory Work (Part B)
  • Introduction to Green Chemistry and Processing
  • Professional and Business Skills 2

Part one

Year three
  • General Inorganic Chemistry (Part A)
  • Synthesis and Spectroscopy (Part A)
  • Energy, Spectroscopy and Solid State Chemistry (Part A)
  • Core Laboratory Work (Part A)
  • Principles in Analytical Chemistry
  • Professional and Business skills 3
Year four
  • General Inorganic Chemistry (Part A)
  • Synthesis and Spectroscopy (Part A)
  • Energy, Spectroscopy and Solid State Chemistry (Part A)
  • Core Laboratory Work (Part B) {20 credits}
  • Professional and Business skills 4

Part two

Year five
  • Distance Learning Inorganic Chemistry
  • Distance Learning Organic Chemistry
  • Distance Learning Physical Chemistry
  • Apprenticeship Project: Planning and Literature {30 credits}
  • Apprenticeship Project: Implementation and Results {60 credits}

Gateway Review and End Point Assessment (EPA)

Year six

Non-integrated end-point assessment (up to six months)

On achieving the BSc degree (or passing all the relevant assessments for the degree), the employer has to agree that the apprentice is ready to go through to the Gateway Review meeting between the employer, apprentice and the University – and can start the End Point Assessment (EPA). 

The EPA comprises of a workplace synoptic project, a primary journal article with presentation and questioning, and a vocational competence discussion (VCD). It must be completed within six months and will be conducted by an EPA organisation. The performance in the EPA will determine the apprentice’s grade – fail, pass or distinction. The apprentice must pass all EPA methods to successfully complete the apprenticeship.



The cost for the apprenticeship for 2020/21 entry is £27,000.

Apprentices do not pay programme fees.The programme fees are paid for by the employer and there are a number of funding options available. 

Are you eligible for funding?

Funding eligibility depends on the number of people you employ, your company’s annual payroll and the age of the apprentice.

If you have a wage bill above £3 million, you can use your Apprenticeship Levy contributions to cover the programme fees. If you do not have sufficient levy payments to cover the full cost of the programme fees, you may be eligible for 95% government funding to cover the shortfall.

If you have a wage bill under £3 million, you can still access our programmes for your employees. You may be eligible for 95% government co-investment.

If you employ a 16-18-year-old on an apprenticeship standard, you may be eligible to receive a further £1,000.

Incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice

Employers can receive £1,000 payment from the government for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority.

This £1,000 payment will be paid to the University as your training provider, and will then be transferred to you.

To be eligible the apprentice must:

  • be a new employee to the business
  • not have been employed by the employer within the six months prior to the contract start date.

To find out more about the funding and incentive payments please contact our Degree Apprenticeship Team.

Apprentice wages

As an employee, apprentices are entitled to a wage and paid time off to study. You will not have to pay Class 1 National Insurance for apprentices under the age of 25.

Careers and professional development

After successfully completing the degree apprenticeship programme, the apprentice will be able to apply their knowledge and scientific understanding to carry out technical and scientific activities in their specialist discipline such as:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Research and development scientist
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Process scientist

Once qualified, the apprentice can work in a wide range of organisations, including chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, consumer products, nuclear and analytical services. 

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Business Partnership Unit

School of Chemistry
University Park Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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