Applied Sciences SCQF Level 7

Covering key theoretical and practical aspects of biological and chemical sciences.


Why take this course?

This course is intended for those working at or looking to progress to technician level posts in life and analytical sciences industries, and consists of 6 credits of the HNC group award. The course structure covers a range of scientific principles and practices. This will allow you to develop essential hands-on skills and theoretical understanding - excellent preparation for progression towards further study or employment.

What you will experience

This is a wide ranging course covering the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical and biological sciences.  The course also provides training in the operation and use of modern analytical instrumentation.  

student working in a science lab

Key facts

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Entry requirements

Candidates should have Higher Chemistry and Standard Grade Credit, National 5 or Intermediate 2 level Biology qualifications, but consideration will also be given to those with relevant work experience.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

Please seek guidance by contacting the Student Advice Centre prior to applying for this course. 

What you will need

Candidates on this course will be expected to possess a laptop or similar device for use in class.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Next steps




Those applying for Year 1 of a part-time NC, HNC or HND level course will require pre-entry guidance before booking on to their course. Please contact the Student Advice Centre: 

Telephone: 01224 612330

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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