Degree Laboratory Chemical Scientist

Laboratory Scientists are obsessed with advancing the frontiers of science in a variety of disciplines. With a unique blend of specialist knowledge and broad scientific understanding, laboratory scientists analyse, interpret, and evaluate scientific information to solve complex problems and drive business improvement.

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Qualification

Applied Chemical Sciences Degree

Subject area

Science

Course type

Apprenticeship

Course length

4 Years

What is a laboratory chemical scientist?

At the forefront of cutting-edge research and development, laboratory scientists perform both established and novel laboratory procedures using state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. Meanwhile, they ensure that all scientific tests are performed with uniformity, consistency, reliability, reproducibility, quality and integrity. They always put safety and ethics first.

What will I learn?

This programme is designed to enable existing team members or new recruits to develop the knowledge skills, and behaviours needed to fulfil their vital role.

You’ll develop a deep understanding of the scientific principles, theories and techniques relevant to your speciality. You’ll be taught how to independently design experiments, interpret data, and present results using statistical analysis and clear communication skills. They’ll learn how to follow ethical and regulatory guidelines, promote safe working practices and lead continuous performance improvement.

Through our learning programme you’ll learn to work as part of a team and communicate effectively with both scientific and non-scientific audiences. You’ll learn good time management and the ability to respond positively to change. Our programmes instil strong values of reliability, integrity and a commitment to continuous learning.

What next?

Once you’ve qualified, you’ll be eligible to join the Register of Science Technicians (RSciTech) through an appropriate industry body.

Successful apprentices can often find themselves fast-tracked into senior technician and management roles. Or they might go on to a higher level apprenticeship.

Course modules

Module 1
Organic Chemistry

An introduction to the fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including the structure and properties of organic compounds, as well as the reactions and mechanisms that occur in organic chemistry. A building block for further study throughout the rest of your programme.

Module 2
Inorganic Chemistry

An introduction to the fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry, including the groups of the periodic table, as well as the reactions and mechanisms that occur in inorganic chemistry. You will examine industrial applications of main group compounds and explore relevant ethical, societal and environmental impacts.

Module 3
Mathematics and Data Analysis

A module that provides a toolkit of mathematical and statistical skills that can be applied across various scientific disciplines. You will develop skills in algebra, trigonometry, statistics, data visualisation and data analysis, as well as applying critical thinking to assess the validity and reliability of scientific data.

Module 4
Lab Practice

A module focused on the principles of laboratory practice, which will include online instructional videos and self-paced learning to support development of problem-solving, scientific inquiry, collaboration, safe working practices and report writing.

Module 5
Reflective Project

An on-going project that runs for the entirety of Level 4, this module uses reflective practice models to guide you in setting quality professional development goals, monitoring continuous improvement and upholding high standards of professional conduct and behaviours in the workplace.

Module 1
Project Management

An introduction to the principles and practices of project management, this module will equip you with the tools and techniques required to plan, schedule, allocate resources and communicate effectively in collaborative projects. You will develop a project plan that will be executed in your Workplace Project module.

Module 2
Organic Chemical Characterisation

An exploration of the techniques used to identify and quantify the chemical structure and composition of organic compounds. You will interpret and analyse results from analytical methods, as well as deduce the structure of unknown compounds using a combination of analytical techniques.

Module 3
Inorganic and Physical Spectroscopy

An exploration of the fundamental principles of spectroscopy and its role in characterising the properties of materials, including inorganic compounds and biomolecules. You will analyse spectroscopic data sets and investigate the current and potential applications of spectroscopic techniques in the workplace.

Module 4
Pharmacology (optional)

An optional module that introduces how drugs produce therapeutic and toxic effects on biological systems, from cell to organism. You will learn about a range of biological systems relevant to each of the three cell-surface receptor classes and how various drugs interact with these receptors. The module will culminate in analysis of the effects of an unknown drug to deduce its mechanism of action.

Module 5
Polymer Science (optional)

An optional module that explores the fundamental principles of polymer science, including formation, properties and reactions of polymers. You’ll evaluate the environmental impact of polymers, biodegradability, sustainability and current challenges in the field of polymer science.

Module 6
Lab Practice for Chemical Sciences

A module focused on practical laboratory skills in the field of Chemical Sciences, which will include online instructional videos and laboratory simulations to support development of experiment design, data interpretation and analysis and application of laboratory techniques and procedures to solve real-world problems.

Module 7
Workplace Project

An on-going project that runs for the entirety of Level 5, this module uses reflective practice models to guide you in planning and monitoring laboratory-based investigations to contribute to improvements in the workplace. You will propose, execute and manage your own work-based project and present your findings at the end of the module.

Module 1
Organic Synthesis

An exploration of the principles and techniques of organic synthesis, including retrosynthetic analysis, reaction mechanisms, and functional group interconversions. You will evaluate different methods used in organic synthesis within the context of industry-relevant products.

Module 2
Frontier Topics in Chemistry

An examination of the latest and emerging areas of research in chemistry, including nanotechnology, materials chemistry, green chemistry, and catalysis. You’ll consider the political, social and regulatory implications of cutting-edge research and reflect on responsible and sustainable approaches.

Module 3
Forensic Science (optional)

An optional module introducing fundamental concepts within forensic science that contextualises scientific support of legal systems and processes. You’ll explore various techniques and methodologies used in forensic science, as well as develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in relation to real-world forensic case studies.

Module 4
Green Science (optional)

An optional module exploring the fundamentals of green science, from cultivation of crops and use of biotechnology to green chemistry during formulation and manufacturing processes. You’ll examine key stages throughout production and manufacturing processes, seeking areas for improvement using green science, biotechnology, plant-based alternatives and other sustainable alternatives.

Module 5
Chemical Technologies (optional)

An optional module exploring principles and concepts of chemical technologies, and their applications in various fields. You’ll evaluate the chemical reactions and processes involved in chemical technologies, using advanced analytical skills to identify their underlying mechanisms and potential limitations.

Module 6
Responsible Research and Innovation

A deep exploration of the principles and practices of responsible research and innovation, fostering a sense of global citizenship and social responsibility. You’ll be inspired to become an agent of positive change by developing the knowledge and skills needed to design, conduct and assess research in an ethical, sustainable and socially responsible manner.

Module 7
Company Research Project

In this final module, you will spend six months autonomously planning, developing and implementing a scientific project to add value to your company. Your proposal and plan will be informed by academic research and will implement project management and financial management methodologies, as well as developing your professional and leadership behaviours.

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What makes this programme great?

Here are a few reasons why our programmes are unique

  • Expert Tutors – our training team has real-world Science and Technology experience, academic qualifications up to PhD level, and a wealth of teaching expertise.
  • Science and Technology through and through – our employers work on everything from earthworks to networks, and from cancerous cells to concrete.
  • Flexible – our learning programmes are built with employers, for employers. They’re modularised and flexible, to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need. And all the training is delivered through a flexible mix of online and on-site training.
  • Apprentices you need, when you need them – we understand businesses resourcing needs won’t stick to anyone else’s schedule. We don’t work to arbitary start dates around the academic calendar or tax years. We’ll find and start your apprentices on programme whenever you need them.

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