Routes to Higher Education:
Science SCQF Level 6

This course will prepare you for further study or employment through the completion of four SQA Highers.


Why take this course?

On this course you will study four SQA Highers from the science subjects, Maths and English.

The course is intended for those with strong qualifications at SCQF level 5 who wish to improve on their existing qualifications and progress to further study or employment.

What you will experience

You must select four of the following Higher qualifications:

  • Higher Mathematics
  • Higher Chemistry
  • Higher Biology
  • Higher Physics
  • Higher Environmental Science
  • Higher English
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Key facts

Mode of study
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Entry requirements

Applicants should hold National 5 or Intermediate 2 qualifications (grades BBBB) or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications (grades 2222) in their four selected subjects.

Please note that those wishing to study Environmental Science may hold Geography or Biology as alternative qualifications.

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

Successful attainment of four Highers should guarantee entry to university. Entry may depend on the grades attained and the university that you apply to.


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

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