Foundation Apprenticeship
Scientific Technologies (Lab Skills) SCQF Level 6

Combining work-based and classroom-based learning to prepare you for a career in a science-based industry.


Why take this course?

The Life Sciences and the Related Science Industries are high-tech, innovative and highly diverse, spanning pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, and industrial biotechnology and has applications across many other sectors.  

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies is for senior phase pupils and is typically delivered over S5 and S6, allowing pupils to develop the skills and knowledge to work towards an SVQ at SCQF Level 6 and enter a career in the science based industries.  

Pupils complete the National Progression Award in Scientific Tecnhologies at SCQF Level 6 and 3 Units of the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SCQF level 6) in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science). The National Progression Award provides the knowledge and an introduction to the skills that will help pupils to complete the SVQ units. These two parts form the Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies.

What you will experience

During S5 you will work towards an NPA in Scientific Technologies at SCQF Level 6 (same level as a Higher). You will also experience some industry engagement and work based learning. Most of the work–based learning will take place during S6 when you will work towards SVQ Units from the SVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science).

Units of study through the FA include:

  • Laboratory Safety
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Fundamental Chemistry — An Introduction
  • Prepare Compounds and Solutions for Scientific or Technical Use
  • Experimental Procedures: Science
  • Carry out Simple Scientific Tests Using Manual Equipment

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

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Key facts

Subject area

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for pupils who or are working towards a grade A or B pass at National 5 level in Chemistry and who will be studying Higher Sciences whilst continuing at school until the end of S6.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in workshops and classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

Upon successful completion of the course, those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


Successful completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship will prepare you for advanced entry to the associated Modern Apprenticeships


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.