Applied Science SCQF Level 6

This course is suited to those with some prior science knowledge who wish to extend this knowledge further.


Why take this course?

This course is available in either physical sciences or life sciences routes, and contains a significant amount of stimulating practical activities.

Much of the practical work will be of direct relevance to local interests, industries or topical issues, and will ensure you acquire a broad base of laboratory knowledge and expertise, of great value in the job market.

What you will experience

On this course you will study the core sciences – chemistry, physics and biology. However, you will be given the opportunity to specialise in either physical science subjects (chemistry and physics) or in life sciences subjects (chemistry and biology/human biology). You will also study microbiology, maths, laboratory investigations and science and technology.

student working in a science lab

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area
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Entry requirements

Applicants should have National 5, Intermediate 2 (grade B) or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications in a minimum of two science disciplines and Maths. Alternatively applicants should have successfully completed the NC Applied Science (SCQF Level 5) course. 

Where an applicant only has prior qualifications in one science subject, this may still allow entry providing there is evidence of strong qualifications in other subjects.

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


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College: 

At University

If you choose to complete a HNC or HND course after completing your NC, you may want to then consider moving on to degree level study. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course at several Scottish universities. 

There are no formal agreements in place for university progression directly from this course, however many students have progressed from SCQF Level 6 in the past. Any applicants are advised to contact university directly with regards to this.


Employment opportunities following this level of study may include roles as a temporary technician, with the possibility to move on to become an apprentice technician.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, which started in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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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.