Skills for Work: Laboratory Science National 5 SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course consists of 4 units designed to introduce the Science skills needed for employment in a wide arrange of industries and services using laboratory Science, in a local, national and global setting, and be able to communicate those skills to improve employability potential within the Science sector.

You will develop basic practical skills for working in a laboratory: measuring, weighing, preparing compounds and solutions and understanding the health and safety requirements for a safe working environment.

You will also gain specific practical skills in microbiology, chemical handling, laboratory instrumentation and develop scientific investigation skills to test a scientific hypothesis and report on their findings.

Entry requirements

You should have a National 4 in Biology, Chemistry and Maths
have National 5 units in Biology, Chemistry and Maths

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

The 4 units would be:
• Laboratory Science: Careers using Laboratory Science
• Laboratory Science: Working in a Laboratory
• Laboratory Science: Practical Skills
• Laboratory Science: Practical Investigation

How will I study my course?

  • 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.

How long will my course last?

Part time -  1 year (4 hours on Wednesdays)

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

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?

Further study may include Applied Sciences (Access - SCQF Level 6).

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College 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.

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