Laboratory Scientist - Degree Apprenticeship (Subject to Validation)
Course Code: EN00069
Materials Science is a brand new programme of science within the cutting edge field of materials. Materials Scientists are responsible for bringing the newest technologies and innovations into existence, such as graphene, super-conductors and flexible technology.
Those accessing the programme as apprentices will be employed by local international engineering companies, and can expect to be working within the newest areas of polymer development. Our specialist lecturers within science and engineering will be delivering this bespoke programme that has been created in partnership with industry from the outset. You will be responsible for designing and synthesising new materials, then testing the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of the results.
Apprentices will be selected by the sponsoring companies and may be required to attend an interview. It is expected that apprentices have a minimum of 84 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) drawn from qualifications such as A-Levels or BTEC level 3s. The subjects studied must be relevant, such as Chemistry, Applied Science, Maths, Physics or Design and the final approval of entry to the programme as an apprentice will be down to the decision of the employer.
We welcome applications from those who have relevant work experience instead of the above qualifications as a non-standard entry, and applicants will be considered for interview based on this also. This may include applicants that are currently working in industry who wish to access the apprenticeship programme. All applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Students/apprentices will have access to cutting edge laboratories across our wealth of sites. This will include industry-standard laboratories at the Bispham campus, where students have worked in our specific Chemistry, Biology and Physics laboratories in order to replicate typical laboratory work. You will also experience our exciting new Energy Headquarters building in Blackpool South Shore; this facility is a heavily invested in engineering workshop and laboratory space that is used to train industry in all aspects of energy generation.
It is home to multi-million pound simulation suites, nuclear testing rigs, wind farm constructs and of course, the latest in materials testing equipment. The programme is 80% work-based, with 20% (1 day/week on average) being in B&FC. These days are typically 9.00 to 4.00, but may vary. It is expected that for every hour in college, you will independently study for 2 more (7hrs in college = 14hrs independent study).
You will also be supported to develop on a personal level, with college providing access to a range of extra-curricular development workshops.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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