Technician Scientist

Technician Scientist FdSc

Degree Apprenticeship

Technician Scientist - Level 5

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.  

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Programme taught from an established Royal Society of Chemistry Accredited course.
  • Programme designed to provide a true day release experience.
  • Programme works with employers to provide a tailored laboratory experience, which is personal to each apprentice.
  • Programme provides a industry related reflection module allowing apprentices to link their learning experience with their own industrial experiences.
  • Programme a module which would support apprentices wishing to apply for the Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) award from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Programme has a 30 credit laboratory management module which is based around health, safety and good laboratory practice.

Benefits to the employers

  • Apprenticeships can provide a way to increase ability and skill set within the sector whilst providing a valuable entry route for applied learners.
  • Apprenticeships can provide a way to succession plan, enabling specific skill sets to be retained within your business.
  • Apprenticeships can provide a way to develop your business managers/leaders of tomorrow.
  • Apprenticeships can provide a way to creating a more motivated and productive workforce.
  • Apprenticeships can provide a way to enhance a companies reputation with external consumers through investing in their own workforce.
  • Apprenticeships can provide a way to improved retention and loyalty of employees by investing in them.

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What does the programme lead to

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.

Job Roles

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.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 5
START DATE: September
DELIVERY: Full-time

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.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

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 for support.

Entry Requirements

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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Course Content

Level 4

  • Core Skills for Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical Concepts
  • Synthesis and Analysis of Molecular Materials
  • Professional Skills Development

Level 5

  • Chemical Concepts: Physical Techniques
  • Chemical Concepts: Developing Molecular Materials
  • Molecular and Separation Science
  • Safety, Health and the Environment
  • Reflective Practice in the Workplace

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

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.

End Point Assessment

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.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

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.

APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Technician Scientist - Read more
LEVEL: Level 5
FUNDING BAND: up to £20,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

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.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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