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Undergraduate prospectus 2022/23

Chemistry, HNC (Higher Apprenticeship)

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

Degree apprenticeships allow students to gain industry-relevant skills, with most learning based in the workplace. Employers lead staff development, with course fees subsidised by government funding.

This chemistry apprenticeship targets the needs of the chemical industry. As well as covering essential subject areas such as inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry, study includes training in laboratory practice.

The course meets the Laboratory Technician Standard.

Degree apprenticeship

Applications are made through the apprenticeships programme.

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School

Science

Campus

Medway

Duration

  • 2 years part-time
  • 2 years blended learning

Start month

September

Home fees 2022/23

* 2023 starters pay the 2022/23 fees.

2022/23 fees

What you should know about this course

  • This course is mapped to the ST0248 Laboratory Technician (Level 3 Higher Apprenticeship) standard
  • It specifically targets the needs of industry
  • Study while you work with blended learning
  • Our world-class research means we can deliver high-quality teaching in the classroom
  • Your taught components will be at our Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime, Kent.

How apprenticeships work


Study for a degree and gain valuable experience without leaving your job or paying any fees.

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.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

Next Open Days

Got a question?

To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be employed by a sponsoring organisation within the UK. Programme-specific entry requirements apply, as agreed with the sponsoring organisation.  It is strongly recommended that applicants should have prior knowledge and skills (within the last three years) in a chemistry related industry, alternatively typical standard entry requirements are given below:

  • A minimum of 80 tariff points from A level and AS level examinations (including A level in Chemistry) or a BTEC National in Applied Science (or a combination of).
  • GCSEs in English (language or literature) and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system (or equivalent).
  • Qualifications considered equivalent to the above.
  • Successful completion of a recognised Access HE Science course.

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

You can also read our admissions policy.

Further information about entry

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

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2022/23. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2022/23 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Learning experience

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

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops 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. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your 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 hnc, 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

Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, 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.

The cost of the apprenticeship can be paid by one of three 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

Apprenticeship levy transfer

Large employers that pay the apprenticeship levy can choose to transfer up to 25% of their levy funds each year to businesses, to pay for their apprenticeship training. More details are available from: Transferring your apprenticeship levy to another business - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Government sponsored (co-investment Model)

If the employer is classed as an SME (small to medium sized enterprise), you are eligible for government sponsorship for up to 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship. The employer has to pay the remaining 5% of the cost plus the additional third-party EPA costs, if applicable.

The cost of the apprenticeship is the number of credits the apprentice undertakes plus the cost of the End Point Assessment, where applicable.

Please contact apprenticeships@greenwich.ac.uk for a bespoke cost as this varies from course to course.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The HNC 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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