CEW UK is pleased to announce the third year of its sponsorship of a student place on the Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS) Diploma in Cosmetic Science Course. This will run from 2024-2025.


Launched in 2022, The CEW Caroline Neville Scholarship 2022 was part of CEW’s 30th-anniversary celebrations and was in recognition of the huge contribution to supporting businesses and individuals across the beauty industry made by CEW Executive President Caroline Neville MBE over the past thirty years since launching CEW in the UK. Caroline is also a Patron of The Eve Appeal’s Get Lippy campaign.

Education is one of the guiding principles of CEW UK and recognises CEW’s desire to support STEM subjects and encourage more women to join the world of cosmetic science.

The SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science Course is written by experts in the industry and recognised by employers within the cosmetic science and personal care industry. It is a course delivered by distance learning, enabling students to study at their own pace, kick-start their career path and improve their career aspirations. The SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science Course is approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry for Training Purposes, and the CTPA supports the aims of the course. The SCS is an Associate Member of the Science Council and the Federation of Awarding Bodies.


Which topics are covered on the course?


This modular course covers the following topics:

• Foundations in chemistry, physiology, biochemistry and microbiology

• Key functional roles of product development, production, packaging and marketing

• Vital auxiliary services such as stability testing, microbial preservation, quality assurance, legislation, safety assessment, performance evaluation and market research

• Specific product categories: Hair, skin, oral care, decorative cosmetics, aerosols and perfumes


Short videos, on either laboratory work or aspects of production, that cannot fully be captured by the written word accompany some units. The full list of subjects can be found in the course prospectus – https://cosmeticlearning.com/diploma/course-overview/



What is the course format and assessment?

With online study for a year, and student support offered via Zoom meetings when coursework is released, continuous assessment is provided by four pieces of coursework, two essays and two case studies. The final assessment takes the form of four formal examination papers covering all the modules of the course.



Details of the entry criteria as follows:

The Diploma in Cosmetics Science is a one-year course which can be deferred to two years.
You will have two science A-levels (or equivalent), one of which must be in chemistry.
The SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science is a vocational course tailored to the specific needs of the cosmetic industry and complements many academic backgrounds.




Applicants should normally have at least one of the following:

a) A first degree in a scientific discipline, with a substantial component of chemistry and/or biology

b) A minimum of Grade C in A levels (or equivalent) in chemistry and one other science subject, ideally with at least a year’s experience in the cosmetic industry or a laboratory/manufacturing environment in a related industry.

c) Several years of proven experience in the cosmetic industry. Preferably this will be working alongside others who can guide them through parts of the course. The unit authors assume that their readers have a foundation knowledge of the subject matter.

In addition, each applicant should have a minimum of GCSE Grade C (for exams taken prior to 2017) or Grade 5 (for exams taken in or after 2017), or equivalent, in Mathematics and English. Overseas students who do not have English as a first language and have not taken examinations in English should have passed the IELTS test with an overall academic mark of 6 or have an equivalent qualification.


How to apply?

CEW is inviting members to nominate someone they know (could be a relative, friend or other) to be the recipient of the sponsorship.
Students applying for the scholarship do not have to be a current CEW member.
The recipient would either be a final year student (either at University studying for a degree that is not related to cosmetic science or in the final year of studying Chemistry A-Level), or a CEW member whose current career is not directly in cosmetic science but the nominee really wants to get into New Product Development.
You can nominate yourself if this course will help you find your dream job!
Enrolment is open now with a closing date for applications for the Caroline Neville Scholarship of Friday 1st August (midnight).
CEW’s education team will review the applications in conjunction with the SCS and come back to the shortlist of chosen candidates before enrollment closes on 15th August.
The course begins on 2nd October 2023, and the recipient will be required to sign an agreement that they will complete the course.
For further details of the course, please click https://cosmeticlearning.com/diploma/course-overview/


To apply, please complete the application form linked HERE.


If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact us at [email protected]