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Chemistry can be useful in many different job families such as engineering and manufacturing, science and research, as well as medicine and nursing and environmental science.

Applied and job-related learning

There is a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECs, NVQ/SVQs, and diplomas) linked to an interest in chemistry, such as:

  • applied science/pharmaceutical science
  • health and social care
  • environmental sustainability
  • sports and exercise sciences
  • engineering


There are a number of apprenticeships that link to an interest in chemistry, including:

  • pharmacy assistant
  • theatre support worker
  • laboratory/science technician
  • gas installation engineer
  • polymer production technician

Academic subjects – such as A levels 

  • You can study chemistry and applied science.
  • Related subjects include physics, biology, human biology, geography, environmental studies, psychology, engineering, electronics, science in society, health and social care.