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Pharmaceuticals. Although Pfizer offers degrees in pharmaceutical science, it is not clear from its website that the degree will proceed beyond the foundation stage, or that a job will be available at the end of the apprenticeship, or what career progression within Pfizer that the apprenticeship will set you up for.


Laboratory Scientist



Degree offered

BA (Hons) Science; Chemical Science; Chemistry


Kent University; Greenwich University; Manchester Metropolitan University


Sandwich, Kent


3-5 years (depending on entrance qualifications)

Entry requirements

A- level or Level 3 Apprenticeship plus GCSEs including Maths, English (C or above)

Application process

Via the National Apprenticeship website

Working hours

4 days per week

Study hours

1 day per week

Starting salary

£15, 000

Permanent job offer 

Yes, if job available

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Although Dr. Kate Barclay is a newly appointed member of the Institute for Apprenticeships, we did not find it easy to access details of their schemes. Finally, a nice woman in the Press Office came back to us, so because of her attitude we forgave them and didn't have to take any more tranquilisers.



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