This is an excellent science course which prepares you to progress further in a science career. It is designed to allow you to progress in Further Education or to a university degree. Alternatively, the curriculum will provide the theoretical knowledge and the laboratory skills needed to enter employment.

  • Knowledge of Chemistry at SCQF Level 7
  • Development of laboratory skills
  • One year full-time
  • 18 months part-time (day release) 
  • Laboratory Skills for the Science Industry
  • Quality And Health And Safety Systems In Science Industries 
  • Fundamental Chemistry: An Introduction
  • Fundamental Chemistry: Theory & Practice
  • Cell Biology: Theory & Laboratory Skills
  • Biochemistry Theory & Laboratory Skills
  • Organic Chemistry: Theory & Laboratory Skills
  • Inorganic Chemistry: Theory & Laboratory Skills
  • Physical Chemistry: Theory & Laboratory Skills
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Physics for Life Science
  • Graded Unit 1


  • Statistics for Science
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Information Technology Applications Software 1

One of the following:

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in Biology, Human Biology, Physics or Chemistry plus four National 5s at Grade C or above to include Biology, Chemistry, and Maths
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills) SCQF Level 6 plus four National 5s at Grade C or above to include Biology, Chemistry, and Maths
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Food and Drink Technologies SCQF Level 6 plus one Higher at Grade C or above in any Science subject and National 5 Maths at Grade C or above
  • National Certificate: Applied Sciences SCQF Level 6
  • Relevant industrial experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
  • HND Applied Biological Sciences SCQF Level 8
  •  It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways guide for more information

Successful completion will enable you to seek employment in the Life Science industry such as:

  • Research technician
  • Research scientist
  • Laboratory technician


  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise