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Chemistry, HNC (Higher Apprenticeship)

Our higher apprenticeship in chemistry offers students a blend of academic learning and work-based experience.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Study while you work with blended learning
  • Our course specifically targets the needs of industry
  • Our world-class research means we can deliver high-quality teaching in the classroom.

Degree apprenticeship

Applications are made through the apprenticeships programme.


Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Science



  • 2 years part-time
  • 2 years blended learning

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Our chemistry apprenticeships are the first to be accredited in the UK by the RSC.

This course will provide you with a broad knowledge of chemistry and associated practical skills in order for you to become competent to practice in a range of professional environments and to progress to degrees in chemistry.

You will cover the areas of inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry. In addition, it provides experience of good laboratory practice and topical investigations.

The HNC Chemistry is available through either of the following modes of study:

  • Taught at the Medway Campus
  • Blended Learning.

The HNC Chemistry Higher Apprenticeship has been mapped to the Laboratory Technician Standard (Level 4). See more information about the Standard.

On completion of the course, you can progress on to the BSc Chemistry Degree Apprenticeship.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

Chemistry: Beth’s university experience

Beth is studying Chemistry at the University of Greenwich, Medway Campus.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. Course-specific entry requirements apply, as agreed with the sponsoring organisation.

Typical entry requirements for our science apprenticeship degrees include 80 UCAS points from:

  • A-levels (subjects may be specified by your employer)
  • An appropriate BTEC National award
  • A recognised Access to Science course
  • Other relevant qualifications, if accepted by your employer, including progression from an appropriate Level 3 apprenticeship
  • Relevant experience, including experience gained from voluntary activities.

You will also need GCSEs in English (language or literature) and maths at grades A*-C (9-4), or equivalent qualifications.

If you are an international student, you must have proof of your right to work in the UK, and you must be permitted to undertake the course within the terms of your visa.

Fees and finance

The programme fees are shared between government and employers. Visit our degree apprenticeships pages to find out how the cost of your programme is met.

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

The cost of the apprenticeship can be paid by one of two methods:

The apprenticeship levy

The employer must pay into the apprenticeship levy to be eligible for this form of payment. Please see this article for more information on the apprenticeship levy

Government sponsored

If the employer is classed as an SME (small to medium sized enterprise), you are eligible for government sponsorship for up to 90% of the cost of the course. The employer has to pay the remaining 10% of the cost. The cost of the apprenticeship is the number of credits the students undertakes plus the cost of the End Point Assessment.

Please contact FES-Share-Apprenticeships@greenwich.ac.uk for a bespoke cost as this varies from programme to programme.

Additional information


This programme is taught using a range of:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Seminars
  • Case studies
  • Student-led presentations.

You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework.


This course is primarily aimed at people who are employed or wish to seek employment in a chemical or related area.


If you are an employer and interested in using us as a lead provider, please email FES-courseinfo@gre.ac.uk.

If you are a student looking for current apprenticeship vacancies, please visit our vacancy page.

For more information on Degree Apprenticeships for students, please visit our Degree Apprenticeships page.

For more information on Degree Apprenticeships for employers, please visit our Apprenticeships for employers page.

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