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Laboratory Scientist (Degree) - Apprenticeship Pathway

A new apprenticeship programme for laboratory professionals. Subject to Validation

Course Summary

Nescot is pleased to work with the Science Industry Assessment Service in delivering a Level 6 Apprenticeship in Laboratory Scientist (Degree). 

A laboratory scientist applies specialist knowledge and broad scientific understanding to carry out a range of technical and scientific activities in their specialist discipline: Life sciences, biological sciences etc. After completing their BSc degree, apprentice will have an end point assessment to confirm their occupational competence and achievement of the apprenticeship.

The standard entry requirements for the programme are:

  • Students must have achieved a minimum grade C in biology or chemistry (A-level) or MMP (BTEC) or equivalent in a science related subject at level 3. T-Level graduates will also be considered at merit or above.
  • Alternately, students may have undertaken at least 12 months work experience in a relevant science related field (and achieved an equivalent level 3 qualification in any other field).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant science subjects at merit grade or above.

Please note, you will also be required to undertake an initial assessment prior to enrolment in order to assess your current level of English and Maths. Your interviewer will discuss with you the minimum level you will need to achieve.

An employer contribution fee may be applicable depending on the age of the apprentice and the size of your organisation.

The course is made up of 13 modules which make up the programme of study. In the first-year students will study 3 modules. 4 modules in year 2, 3 modules in year and 3 modules in year 4 (Total 13 modules). To get BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Bioscience the student must pass 360 credits. The 5th year will be devoted to Gateway and End Point Assessment (EPA) activities. Achievement of BSc (Hons) degree is a gateway requirement for starting the EPA, along with English and maths at level 2 with grade C/4 or better.

EPA must be completed within a 6-month period. Performance in the EPA will determine the apprentice grade- fail, pass or distinction. The apprentice must pass all EPA methods to successfully complete the apprenticeship. 


1st Year Modules

1. Introduction to Cell Biology (30 credits)
2. Chemistry of Biological Molecules (30 credits)
3. Laboratory Skills (30 credits)
(Total 90 credits)


2nd Year Modules

1. Biochemistry (15 credits)
2. Microbiology (30 credits)
3. Anatomy & Physiology of Plant & Animals (30 credits)
4. Research & Professional Skills (15 credits)
(Total 90 credits)


3rd Year Modules

1. Infection & Immunity (30 credits)
2. Genetics & Molecular Biology (30 credits)
3. Research Methods & Proposal (30 credits)
(Total 90 credits)


4th Year Modules

1. Cellular Pathology (30 credits)
2. Advanced Immunology (30 credits)
3. Research Dissertation (30 credits
(Total 90 credits)


The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards

Open University Students Guide

Programme Specification

Click here for more information for university-level students

The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards

Open University Students Guide

This website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2023. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last Update 24/01/23

Overview

  • Course Code:

    N8815

  • Study type:

    Part Time

  • Award:

    BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience

  • Awarded by:

    Open University

  • Course length:

    5-year part-time degree course 

    Attendance is one full weekday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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  • Course Code:

    N8815

  • Study type:

    Part Time

  • Award:

    BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience

  • Awarded by:

    Open University

  • Course length:

    5-year part-time degree course 

    Attendance is one full weekday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

The standard entry requirements for the programme are:

  • Students must have achieved a minimum grade C in biology or chemistry (A-level) or MMP (BTEC) or equivalent in a science related subject at level 3. T-Level graduates will also be considered at merit or above.
  • Alternately, students may have undertaken at least 12 months work experience in a relevant science related field (and achieved an equivalent level 3 qualification in any other field).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant science subjects at merit grade or above.

Please note, you will also be required to undertake an initial assessment prior to enrolment in order to assess your current level of English and Maths. Your interviewer will discuss with you the minimum level you will need to achieve.

An employer contribution fee may be applicable depending on the age of the apprentice and the size of your organisation.

The course is made up of 13 modules which make up the programme of study. In the first-year students will study 3 modules. 4 modules in year 2, 3 modules in year and 3 modules in year 4 (Total 13 modules). To get BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Bioscience the student must pass 360 credits. The 5th year will be devoted to Gateway and End Point Assessment (EPA) activities. Achievement of BSc (Hons) degree is a gateway requirement for starting the EPA, along with English and maths at level 2 with grade C/4 or better.

EPA must be completed within a 6-month period. Performance in the EPA will determine the apprentice grade- fail, pass or distinction. The apprentice must pass all EPA methods to successfully complete the apprenticeship. 


1st Year Modules

1. Introduction to Cell Biology (30 credits)
2. Chemistry of Biological Molecules (30 credits)
3. Laboratory Skills (30 credits)
(Total 90 credits)


2nd Year Modules

1. Biochemistry (15 credits)
2. Microbiology (30 credits)
3. Anatomy & Physiology of Plant & Animals (30 credits)
4. Research & Professional Skills (15 credits)
(Total 90 credits)


3rd Year Modules

1. Infection & Immunity (30 credits)
2. Genetics & Molecular Biology (30 credits)
3. Research Methods & Proposal (30 credits)
(Total 90 credits)


4th Year Modules

1. Cellular Pathology (30 credits)
2. Advanced Immunology (30 credits)
3. Research Dissertation (30 credits
(Total 90 credits)


The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards

Open University Students Guide

Programme Specification

Click here for more information for university-level students

The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards

Open University Students Guide

This website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2023. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last Update 24/01/23

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