Applied Science SCQF Level 5

This nationally recognised qualification will increase your understanding of scientific principles and practice.


Why take this course?

This course will increase your understanding of scientific principles and practice, and is aimed at those who have limited formal qualifications in science.

A particularly large amount of the course will involve stimulating practical activities, experiments and laboratory work ensuring the course is exciting, engaging and informative.

What you will experience

The course will cover a broad range of science topics including chemistry, biology, microbiology and physics. You will also develop essential maths and numeracy skills, whilst strengthening your investigative capabilities.

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Key facts

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Entry requirements

It is not necessarily essential to hold previous qualifications in science subjects, but you should enrol on a course which matches your experience and ability. Science is an academically demanding subject, and your previous qualifications should indicate that you will be comfortable studying at SCQF Level 5. This could be illustrated by holding Standard Grade (General 3), Intermediate 2 or National 5 (grade C) qualifications in relevant subjects.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College: 

At University

If you choose to complete a HNC or HND course after completing your NC, you may want to then consider moving on to degree level study. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course at several Scottish universities.


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