Laboratory Skills - Foundation Apprenticeship


Course Information
SCQF Level 6
Course Summary

Foundation Apprenticeships are a new opportunity being offered to pupils in the senior phase of secondary school. Foundation Apprenticeships will allow pupils to gain vocational qualifications that combine sector specific skills alongside the knowledge that underpins these skills in a workplace setting while still at school.

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Laboratory Skills comprises of a National Progression Award (NPA) in Laboratory Science at SCQF level 6 and 5 units from the SVQ 2 Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science) at SCQF Level 6.

Starting in S5 Students will also complete a placement or industry challenge with a local employer while working towards the qualification through school and college. Supported by school, learners will attend a minimum of one day per week in college for 2 years.

Course Content

This course is made up 2 components:

1 National Progression Award (NPA) in Laboratory Science at SCQF Level 6

 Quality and Health and Safety Systems in Science Industries.
 Fundamental Chemistry: an Introduction.
 Mathematics for Science.
 Microbiological Techniques.

2 Minimum of 5 SVQ Units

 Follow Health and Safety Procedures for Scientific or Technical Activities.
 Maintain Effective and Efficient Working Relationships for Scientific or Technical Activities.
 Use Information Recording Systems for Scientific or Technical Activities.
 Carry Out Simple Scientific or Technical Tests Using Manual Equipment.
 Prepare Compounds and Solutions for Scientific or Technical Use.


Entry Requirements

Candidates who have or working towards, Maths National 5, National 5 Chemistry,
National 5 Biology.

Course Progression

 HNC Applied Science.
 BSc Applied Science*.


1 day per week over 2 academic years.

August 2017.

*In conjunction with other Highers as per prospectus.