Laboratory Science SCQF Level 6

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’s 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, animal science, microbiology, biotechnology and environmental science.

This course contains the content of a broad range of science subjects meaning 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 engage with employers.

Special features:
• You will study a wide range of science subjects including biology, chemistry and environmental science
• You will take part in microbiology 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 SCQF Level 7/HNC courses or into employment
• This course is graded by continual assessment of coursework and end of unit assessments

Entry requirements

Four National 5s, two at A or B (one of which must be Chemistry) and two at A-D


satisfactory attainment of a prerequisite SCQF Level 5 course or equivalent.

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 units in:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Animal Science
• Environmental Science
• Biotechnology
• Microbiology
• Maths
• Practical


Higher Core Textbook for Chemistry and Biology.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • 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?

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

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.

Additional costs

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 a Science course at SCQF Level 7, HNC Applied Science or degree in Environmental Science or Bioscience.

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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Apply for Laboratory Science SCQF Level 6

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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.