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Pharmaceutical Sciences, BSc Hons (Degree Apprenticeship)

This degree apprenticeship provides apprentices with a broad knowledge of pharmaceutical science and associated practical skills.

Degree apprenticeships allow apprentices to gain skills in the workplace. Employers provide staff development, with course fees subsidised by government funding.

Our degree apprenticeship in pharmaceutical sciences equips apprentices for a range of roles in the pharmaceutical industries. Apprentices graduate with an understanding of how drugs are created and how they function in the body. They also have core scientific skills, such as the ability to analyse scientific data from laboratory observations and experiments.

The course is accredited by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the UK body for scientists in this field.

Degree apprenticeship

Applications are made through the apprenticeships programme.

School

Science

Location

Medway Campus

Duration

4 years part-time

Start month

September

Fees information

For fee information related to this course, please see fees section below.

What you should know about this course

  • Mapped to the ST0626 Laboratory Scientist (degree) standard
  • This accredited programme has been designed in consultation with industry
  • Our world class research means we can deliver high quality teaching in the classroom
  • Benefit from practical training - you earn and study with flexible learning 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

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

About the course team

Welcome to our Degree Apprenticeship 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.

The apprenticeship route has helped me grow massively by teaching me key professional skills and competencies. The university has been brilliant in supporting me as an apprentice.

- Edward Rhodes, BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences Degree Apprenticeship, Laboratory Scientist Apprentice at Pfizer

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Entry requirements

If you are

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

  • 104 UCAS Tariff points which must include one of the following:
  • A level: a relevant Science subject, such as, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, at grade C.
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science.
  • A level and BTEC National: Extended Certificate in Applied Science and an A Level in a relevant Science subject, such as, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, at grade C.
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 points overall including Higher Level Science at grade 5.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Science.
  • T Level: Science (Laboratory Sciences) at grade Merit.
  • In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics at grade 4/C and GCSE English Language/Literature at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

We make Contextual offers to this programme. Applicants that meet specific eligibility criteria will be made a contextual offer with a reduced tariff of up to 16 UCAS Tariff points. Other entry requirements such as GCSEs, Interview, etc., will still need to be met. For further information, please see our Contextual Admissions policy.

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. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact international@gre.ac.uk.

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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.

How you will learn

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*

* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.

Teaching

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

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and 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 Pharmaceutical Science 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 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. Greenwich graduates are expected to have developed the ability to think and work independently, analytically and creatively to solve problems.

Overall workload

Apprentices spend the majority of their time in the workplace, gaining hands-on knowledge of the organisation and contributing to the effective running of the laboratory. Apprentices must allocate 20% of their time to learning outside the job, including attendance at 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.

Other costs

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?

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

On your first day at university, apprentices are allocated a Personal Tutor, who remain your first point of contact for the duration of your studies.

The Personal Tutor plays a crucial role in helping apprentices feel a sense of belonging, and in guiding and supporting your journey. The Personal Tutor is also available as a contact for employers, whether for any queries or concerns or to find out how apprentices are progressing. Personal Tutors visit you and employers in their workplace regularly. This can be arranged via video/conference call.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

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