NC Applied Sciences at SCQF level 6
The National Certificate in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 6 has been developed not only to provide the core of the present Access to higher education programmes, but also to provide a coherent qualification that is understood by industry as basic background knowledge to support competence in laboratory work at SVQ level 2/3.
Why deliver this qualification
This qualification can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis and can include day-release, block-release or evening class delivery. It is also possible to deliver some or all parts of the NC in a work-place environment, making it particularly suitable for candidates in employment.
Who does this qualification suit
The NC in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 6 is designed for a wide range of candidates including:
- school leavers
- adult returners
- those employed in the science industry
The qualification is also suitable for candidates in S5 and S6, with science qualifications at SCQF level 5, who wish to progress to HN or gain entry to apprenticeship programmes. It also provides the base of a Science Access to University programme.
Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, admission to the NC in Applied Sciences should be based on a broad approach to candidate selection but, at the same time, should ensure that candidates are chosen who have the potential and ability to complete the qualification successfully.
Successful completion of the NC in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 6 would enable a candidate to progress to an HNC Applied Science course. The SCQF level 6 qualification also provides the core of the Access programmes offered by colleges in Scotland. Each University and each degree programme has specific requirements for entry, and candidates following this route should seek appropriate guidance.
Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.
Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.
How to assess
Assessment is a combination of end of Unit tests, end of Unit assessments and practical assignments. Assessment guidance is provided for each Unit. The Assessment Support Packs contain sample assessment materials.
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Qualification content and delivery tools
Unit(s) and delivery tools
Group Award code: G90N 46 (72 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 6
Candidates must achieve ten mandatory Units and two optional Units. Two of the three science areas are to be selected.
Chemical Reactions — D071 12
Energy Matters — D069 12
The World of Carbon — D070 12
Electricity and Electronics — D380 12
Mechanics and Properties of Matter — D383 12
Radiation and Matter — D384 12
Cell Biology — D029 12
Control and Regulation — D031 12
Genetics and Adaptation — D030 12
Behaviour, Populations and the Environment — D045 12
Cell Function and Inheritance — D043 12
The Continuation of Life — D044 12
Managing Environmental Resources
Investigating Ecosystems — D315 12
Land Use in Scotland — D316 12
Natural Resource Use — D312 12
Biotechnology — DF5J 12
Microbiological Techniques — D042 12
Microbiology — DF5H 12
Course Overview and Skills Development Summary
Qualifications Support Team (QST) - Action Grids
Any other information
The NC in Applied Science at SCQF level 6 contains practical laboratory Units. These should be taken into account if distance learning is proposed. Assessment requirements are included in Unit specifications.
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