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Chemistry, BSc Hons (Degree Apprenticeship)

Our new chemistry degree apprenticeship is designed with industry to provide a broad knowledge of chemistry and associated practical skills.

Degree apprenticeships enable students to gain industry-relevant skills in the workplace. While there's some on-campus training, the majority of staff development is provided through the employer, with course fees subsidised by government funding.

Our degree apprenticeship in chemistry explores organic chemistry, instrumental analysis and laboratory science. The course meets the Laboratory Scientist Standard and develops knowledge of chemistry and problem-solving skills that students can apply in the workplace.

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, indicating that students complete their studies with the essential knowledge needed to develop their professional roles.

Degree apprenticeship

Applications are made through the apprenticeships programme.

Duration

5 years part-time

Start month

September

UK/international fees

Fees information

What you should know about this course

  • Study while you work with part-time learning
  • This brand new course has been designed in consultation with industry
  • Our world-class research means we can deliver high quality teaching in the classroom.

Chemistry


Hear Kelly's story about studying Chemistry at the Faculty of Engineering and Science on our Medway Campus.

What you will study

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

About the course team

Welcome to our chemistry course. When you join us, you'll be taught by an experienced team whose expertise and knowledge closely reflects the modules of this course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, lab technicians, and external experts who provide guest lectures on some modules. Our PhD researchers also offer lab support, which our undergraduate students find very useful. Our teaching is research informed and over 65% of our teaching team holds a formal teaching qualification (a number that is growing annually).

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Entry requirements

If you are

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

Typical entry requirements for our science apprenticeship degrees are as follows:

104 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 programme
  • Relevant experience, including experience gained from voluntary activities.

You will also need GCSE in English (language or literature) and maths at grade 4/C, 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 programme within the terms of your visa.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

To be eligible for entry to this course you should be employed in this field.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Professional qualifications and Brexit

The UK's departure from the European Union may affect the professional recognition of your qualification.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

First year courses may be shared across a number of Science modules, resulting in large lecture groups of up to 100 students. Subject specific modules tend to be smaller, for example a typical Chemistry intake would have 30 students in a dedicated Chemistry module. Similarly, in the second and third year, some core modules taken by all students will be equally large, while optional courses will be smaller, between 20- 40 students per group, enabling close interaction with lecturers. 
 
Typical student intake per year across our Chemistry courses are 30. Lectures are normally attended by 30, seminars/tutorials by 30.

Independent learning

University study requires students to work more independently than they may have been used to in school. Students in Engineering and Science are expected to develop their independence progressively throughout their qualification. In year 1 of the course, students are given more support by their Module leaders and personal tutors than in subsequent years. 

In year 2 students are expected to demonstrate increasing willingness and ability to work independently to build upon material delivered in lectures and laboratories. This means independent reading to broaden and deepen knowledge and time spent outside the classroom to prepare coursework. Ultimately, it is expected that the mark of a Greenwich graduate is the ability to think and work independently, analytically and creatively to solve problems.

Overall workload

Apprentices will spend the majority of their time in the workplace enabling them to gain hands-on knowledge of their organisation and contribute to the effective running of the laboratory. It is a requirement of the apprentice that every individual has 20% of their time allocated for learning outside the job, this includes attending University and self-study.

Apprentices are expected to work outside of their university contact hours to complete any additional reading, homework and tutorial preparation, and to work on their final assessment report for each module.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

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

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

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 Apprenticeships@greenwich.ac.uk for a bespoke cost as this varies from programme to programme.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This course is a popular choice for furthering your career in your work place.

Do you provide employability services?

It is expected that apprentices will already be in employment relating to their chosen discipline.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

Personal Tutor

On their first day at university with us, apprentices are allocated a Personal Tutor, who remains their first point of contact for the duration of their studies with us. The Personal Tutor plays a crucial role in helping apprentices feel they belong, and in guiding and supporting their journey. For our apprenticeships course, the Personal Tutor is also available as a contact for employers whether this is for any queries or concerns, or simply to find out how their apprentices are progressing. Personal Tutors visit the apprentices and their employers in their workplace regularity. This can be arranged via video/conference call if more convenient.

Accommodation information

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