Introduction to
Science SCQF Level 4

Providing you with an in-depth introduction to areas of modern science.


Why take this course?

This 5-month course is aimed at those who have no formal qualifications in the subject. It will provide you with an understanding of some of the key areas of modern science.

The course is suitable for you either if you have career aspirations in science, technology and health, or if you simply wish to increase your understanding of science and its impact in the modern world.  This introductory course will be delivered at a pace and in a manner which is tailored to the needs of learners to help ensure success in your first steps towards a qualification in science.

Following completion of this course you may progress to the NC Applied Sciences SCQF Level 5 course. Direct progression to the NC Applied Sciences SCQF Level 6 course may also be possible for these who complete this introductory course with a high level of achievement.

What you will experience

The course will introduce you to a range of important and exciting aspects of modern science, including:

  • Natures chemistry
  • Chemistry in Action
  • Life on Earth
  • The Human Body
  • Electricity and Energy
  • Waves and Radiation
  • Science Practical and Investigation Skills 

Laboratory work will play a large part in the course, and you will develop valuable practical skills through stimulating and rewarding lab activities. 

student working in a science lab

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
19 Weeks
Subject area

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


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Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
February 2020
19 Weeks
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.