Course Levels

Introductory courses, HNCs, HNDs and Degree Pathways

Campus Locations

Dunfermline, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy

Study Options

Full-time and Part-time

Applications Open

Start studying in February or August 2024

Why Choose Science at Fife College?

Do you want to be part of the answer to some of the biggest challenges facing the world?

Science covers a huge variety of topics; from astronomy to zoology, working in a variety of locations such a laboratories and hospitals or underwater studying plants and animals or even up in space researching human health.

From technology to medicine, scientists make an invaluable contribution to how we understand the world around us; from how atoms collide, and substances react with one another to forces within nature and biomechanics.

Science is exciting and useful. It is developing all the time with scientists all over the world applying their knowledge and expertise to challenge climate change, design new vaccines or create new ways to grow food.

Our range of courses and qualifications will give you the core skills and theoretical knowledge to fuel your desire and help you develop a successful career. Fife College has a unique partnership with NHS Lothian creating the School for Health, Science & Technology (SHST) giving our students a fantastic opportunity to access industry standard spaces, expert teaching and exciting learning opportunities.

Science Courses

Our Science Courses

We offer courses at SCQF levels 5 to 8.

You can study for national exams such as biology and physics.

You can study applied sciences to see how the different sciences link together

Advanced courses in Applied Biological Sciences and Industrial Biotechnology give you a route to university or directly into employment.

We offer both Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships providing you with practical skills as you develop your interest in science.

We offer courses in the following subjects:




Applied Science


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What kind of job could I do?

People with science qualifications can go on to careers such as:

Laboratory Technician

Climate Analyst



Ecologist/Environmental Scientist

Animal Technician

And many more!

Progress To A Degree

Did you know that an HNC or HND qualification is the equivalent of first year (HNC) or second year (HND) of a degree at university? So depending on the subject studied, successfully completing an HNC or HND at Fife College could mean that you have the opportunity to progress on to Year 2 or 3 of a related degree course at university. In this area, on successful completion of an HND in Applied Biological Sciences, we offer articulation routes to years 2 or 3 of a related degree at the following universities:

Abertay University

Heriot Watt University

Queen Margaret University

Edinburgh Napier University

Robert Gordon University

University of Aberdeen

University of West Scotland

University of Highlands and Isles

University of St Andrews

What Happens after I Apply?

There are four possible outcomes from your interview:

(For courses where an interview is not required, you may be asked for additional information e.g. a portfolio, before a decision is made.)

1. Unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.

2. Conditional offer: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements.


3. You may be added to a waiting list: you have met all entry requirements; however, the course is full.

If any spaces become available, you will be contacted nearer the course start date.

4. Unsuccessful: speak to our Guidance Team.
       They may be able to help you find another suitable course.

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