Laboratory Science programme
Our laboratory science higher apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge to tackle a variety of scientific challenges working in our research and development or manufacturing laboratories – the heartbeat of our company.
What does a Higher Laboratory Science apprenticeship involve?
We offer Laboratory Science Apprenticeships in either a manufacturing or a research & development (R&D) setting. The Laboratory Science apprenticeship will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a number of areas. These might include:
- Operating specialist laboratory equipment to test our products and raw materials
- Learning about the process each drug or product follows though to full scale manufacturing.
- Microbiological & environmental sampling and testing
- Archiving and managing samples
- Operating specialist equipment to develop new products
- Developing new technology and processes
- Drug delivery
- Synthetic and analytical chemistry
- Data analysis and interpretation
- Report writing
As well as these, you will also develop your personal skills such as reasoning, communication, problem solving, team working, relationship building and influencing.
What does this apprenticeship offer me?
You have the option to join us in either a chemistry-based laboratory apprenticeship where you will study for a Foundation degree (FdSc) in Chemical Science or join us on a biology-based apprenticeship to gain a Foundation degree (FdSc) in Applied Bioscience.
Whichever route you chose, you will be based in a lab environment with one day per week to dedicate to your studies.
After completing the FdSc, most of our laboratory science apprentices go on to study for their BSc.
What qualifications do I need to apply?
To be eligible for our laboratory science apprenticeship programme, you will need:
- a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*-C including English language (not literature), Science and Maths
- must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) not including General Studies
- you must have an A Level (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Biology depending on which apprenticeship you hope to study.
You should specify whether you are more interested in a biology-based or chemistry-based apprenticeship in your application.
To apply for a chemistry-based apprenticeship you will need a chemistry A Level (or equivalent) or to apply for a biology-based apprenticeship you will need a biology A Level (or equivalent).
Our laboratory science apprenticeship at Maidenhead gives you the opportunity to have rotations in both analytical chemistry as well as microbiology. You will need A Level chemistry to apply.
Where would I be based?
You will be based at one of our R&D or manufacturing sites; Barnard Castle, Stevenage, Maidenhead or Ware.
What our apprentices say about the Laboratory apprenticeship...
“It feels great to run experiments and they run successfully. Others in the lab are doing the same level of chemistry - I’m never treated differently in the team.”
“I’m so proud to get on to the programme. I still walk in and think wow! My biggest achievement is, while only a 3rd year Apprentice, I am already an Instrument Owner. There are only two owners across GSK, as it's a new technology."
When does the apprenticeship start?
Our apprenticeships start in September 2018.
How can I apply?
Applications are now open. Apply now.
GSK is focused on creating an inclusive organisation where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. We aim to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures regardless of actual or perceived race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender identity and/or expression, religion or belief, physical ability/ disability.