Laboratory Science (Chemistry) Degree Apprenticeship - Degree (Level 6)

G S K (Employer)

National Apprenticeship Service (Training Provider)

Annual wage £17,500.00
37.5 hours per week Full-time. Exact timings to be confirmed.
4 years (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
Laboratory Scientist (degree) (apprenticeship standard)
15 July 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

You will be part of one of our Research and Development (R&D) teams. You will be based at Stevenage which is GSK’s UK R&D Hub, which is the heart of innovation, discovering and developing differentiated, high-quality and needed medicines that are bringing transformational benefit to patients.


On our 4-year programme you’ll receive tailored on-the-job training from industry experts from day one combined with early responsibility to help you to develop and progress. You’ll be working towards a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Chemical Science through a blended approach of day study and block release. 

Your duties might include:

  • Operating specialist laboratory equipment to test our products and raw materials
  • Learning about the process each drug or product follows through to full scale manufacturing
  • Using physical techniques to measure how tightly compounds bind to proteins and what happens when you change the compound structure
  • Growing crystals that allow us to use crystallography to see what how well a drug fits into a protein target and what types of interaction it makes
  • Carrying out chemical reactions as part of the development process to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for use in clinical trials
  • Work in conjunction with chemists, scientists, chemical engineers and analysts to identify, develop and scale up new synthetic routes with transfer of processes to pilot plant facilities
  • Using different analytical technics such as spectrometry, magnetic resonance and chromatography to assess the quality of material prepared
  • Implementing new technology such as flow chemistry, synthetic biochemistry (enzymes) and high throughput screening (automation) to accelerate development timelines

​You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • Building your laboratory skills in an R&D setting
  • Working as part of a team of scientists
  • Studying towards your Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Chemical Science

Future Prospects

We hope that the apprenticeship will lead to a long and successful career at GSK. We have apprentice alumni in a variety of senior roles across the business.

Skills Required

None specified. 

Qualities Required

None specified. 

Qualifications Required

Education required:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including English Language (not Literature), Science and maths
  • To have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) not including General Studies
  • To include an A Level Chemistry at grade C or above

Training Provided

Training Provider to be confirmed. 

Laboratory Scientist degree standard.

If you are offered a role, you will have a buddy or a mentor who will help you to prepare for joining GSK and will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship.

Working with both your line and programme manager, we want to identify the right opportunities to help you succeed in the short term and throughout your career with us.

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