Practical Science SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

Science represents an important and growing sector, offering huge amounts of employment opportunities across biotechnology, chemical industries, environmental protection and natural heritage. Among local opportunities there is an increasing demand for technicians in distilleries and other food and drink businesses.

This course is both academic and practical based, giving you the knowledge and skills on various science topics such as biology, chemistry, human body, forensics and environmental science.

This course is ideal as an introduction to science if you have no or little background in these subjects. You will gain the knowledge and skills to progress further through education or enter employment in a lab setting.

As part of the course you will have the opportunity to attend field trips including visits to local distilleries and a hospital as well as engage with employers.

Special features:

  • You will study a wide range of science subjects including biology, chemistry, environmental science and anatomy
  • You will take part in forensic practicals as well as a variety of biology and chemistry practicals
  • You will have the opportunity to take part in field trips
  • Completion of this course allows progression onto the SCQF Level 6 or into employment
  • This course is graded by continual assessment of coursework and end of unit assessments

Entry requirements

Three National 4s, one of which must be Maths
satisfactory attainment of a SCQF Level 4 course which includes Maths or Numeracy.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have the skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

Course content includes:

  •     Biology units
  •     Chemistry units
  •     Human Body unit
  •     Environmental Science unit
  •     Practical lab units
  •     Forensic Science unit

Plus core skills of IT, Numeracy and Communications.

You will also investigate careers in Science.


All equipment will be provided.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

The course contains a mix of practical work and theoretical study. Many of the theoretical elements are delivered through the use of practical experiments.

Theoretical coursework will be accessible via the Colleges virtual learning environment as well as handouts where applicable.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may progress onto the Laboratory Science SCQF Level 6 course.

You can also enter employment working in a lab at a distillery or look for Modern Apprenticeship opportunities.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2022/23

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.