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Degree ApprenticeshipsChemical Engineering BEng (Hons)

This bespoke Degree Apprenticeship programme has been mapped to the Science Industry Plant and Process Engineer Standard (SIPPE) to develop professionally qualified engineers who would be eligible, upon graduation, to for applying for IEng (Incorporated Engineer) level membership.

Degree Apprentices will acquire underpinning knowledge and understanding with core engineering competencies being developed through an integrated work based learning curriculum. Academic modules will be delivered by leading academics from the University of Strathclyde and the blended delivery mode allowing maximum flexibility for the employer.

The Degree Apprenticeship is a five-year programme resulting in a BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering degree and, with successful completion of an End Point Assessment, a Degree Apprenticeship aligned to the SIPPE standard.


IChemE can only accredit programmes once the first cohort of students has graduated. For Strathclyde, the first cohort from our Chemical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship will graduate in 2025 and we intend to seek accreditation by IChemE at the earliest possible date after this first graduation.

The University of Strathclyde has been in consultation with IChemE during design and development of the Degree Apprenticeship programme. We are working towards a successful application for accreditation and, if achieved, this could be backdated to include all graduations from the start of the programme delivery.

Work Based Learning

An integral part of a Degree Apprenticeship is the Work Based Learning elements which Apprentices complete in the workplace throughout their studies. Although time spent out of the workplace is significantly reduced, the programme focusses on experiential opportunities and application of learning in the workplace.

All Degree Apprentices will be supported by a Work Based Learning Advisor employed by the University to support and guide the Degree Apprentices through their programme and to build a portfolio of evidence for Professional registration. Work Based Assessors will meet with Degree Apprentices on a regular basis in their workplace to discuss the work based learning assignments, facilitate the identification of suitable evidence and monitor candidate progress.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements for school leavers are three A levels in Maths, Chemistry, and Physics (ABB or above) but consideration will be given to other combinations of education and engineering experience in consultation with employers.

This programme would suit either school leavers with appropriate qualifications who could be hired straight into a degree apprenticeship, or existing employees such as technicians and operators who have shown an interest and aptitude for an engineering role.