The FdSc Technician Scientist apprenticeship is a government-led initiative that takes higher education into the apprenticeship market for the first time. This programme will focus on four key areas to enhance the apprentice skill set: theoretical knowledge, practical training, laboratory management and profession development/workplace reflection. The practical element within this programme will be designed personally around each apprentice, with input from their employer to support their job role within the context of the company. The practical’s will increase in depth and complexity as the course progresses, taking the form of a reflective work based project in their final year of study. The theoretical aspect of the course, delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and seminars alongside undergraduate apprentices. Each apprentice will get an academic mentor who will work with their employer to ensure a smooth transition between academia and industry.
Apprentices would be trained for various laboratory based roles within chemical, pharmaceutical, formulated products or analytical services. The roles would vary within the context of the employers portfolio.
Typical job titles for graduates include; Analytical Support Chemist, Technical Support Scientist, Microbiology Support Scientist, Process Development Technologist, Laboratory Assistant, Senior Laboratory Technician, Assistant Scientist, Technical Specialist (Scientist), Quality Control Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Co-ordinator, Technical Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Analyst, Laboratory Research Assistant
UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.
UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.
LEVEL: Level 5
START DATE: September
DURATION: 4 Years
FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.
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If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.
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Chemistry is heavily reliant upon practical skills; consequently, practical element within this programme will be designed personally around each apprentice with input for their own employer. These increase in depth and complexity as the course progresses, taking the form of apprentice initiated reflective work based projects in their final year of study. Throughout the course, theory is delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and seminars.
Apprentices will be expected to study for one full day at UCLan city campus in Preston. The days will vary each year in accordance with the timetable.
Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework, presentations and portfolio’s.
The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.
Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.
Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.
Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.
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Telephone: 01772 895500, email: email@example.com
This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.
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