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
  • 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
  • animal science
  • microbiology
  • biotechnology
  • environmental science

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 animal science, biotechnology, 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 further study
  • This course is graded by continual assessment of coursework and end of unit assessments

Entry requirements

  • Four National 5s at BBDD or above OR
  •  A relevant SCQF Level 5 course or equivalent
  •  Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

Course content includes units in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Animal Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Maths
  • Practical


You will be required to purchase the Higher Core CFE Textbook for Chemistry and Biology (approx. £30 each) along with a scientific calculator (approx. £10). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

You will study through a combination of face-to-face practical classes on campus and remote learning via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with support from your lecturers.

How long will my course last?

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course you may progress onto:

  • A Science course at SCQF Level 7
  •  HNC Applied Sciences
  •  BSc(Hons) Environmental Science or Bioscience.

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

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