NC Applied Sciences at SCQF level 5

This course provides an overview of the applied sciences industry with a focus on biology, chemistry and physics applications.

National Certificates (NCs) can be taught as full-time courses over one year or part-time over two years. They are available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why study this qualification

The NC in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 5 is designed for a wide range of learners, including:

  • school leavers
  • adults returning to education

The qualification is also suitable if you are in S5 and S6, with limited science qualifications, and wish to develop your knowledge, skills and interest in applied sciences.

You will develop problem-solving skills in a scientific context and the practical skills needed to carry out experimental and investigative work.

You will also develop important transferable skills in analysis, research and planning that will enhance your employment prospects.

Employment and progression

You can use the NC in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 5 as a step to the SCQF level 6 qualification.

You may also be able to use the NC in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 5 to gain employment as a laboratory assistant.

Qualification structure

Group award code: G90M 45 (72 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 5

Arrangements: NC Applied Sciences at SCQF levels 5 and 6 (107 KB)

Candidates must achieve 11 mandatory units and two optional units. Two of the three science areas (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are to be selected. See the Arrangements document for the full list of mandatory and optional units.

Mandatory Units

Science Practical Skills — F3TC 10
Science and Technology in Society — F3TA 10
Science Investigation Skills — F3TB 11

Numeracy Intermediate 1 — F3GF 10
or
Numeracy National 4 — H225 74
or
Mathematics for Science 1 — HP9V 44

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Qualification structure

Group award code: G90M 45 (72 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 5

Arrangements: NC Applied Sciences at SCQF levels 5 and 6 (107 KB)

Candidates must achieve 11 mandatory units and two optional units. Two of the three science areas (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are to be selected. See the Arrangements document for the full list of mandatory and optional units.

Mandatory Units

Science Practical Skills — F3TC 10
Science and Technology in Society — F3TA 10
Science Investigation Skills — F3TB 11

Numeracy Intermediate 1 — F3GF 10
or
Numeracy National 4 — H225 74
or
Mathematics for Science 1 — HP9V 44

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How to assess

Assessment is a combination of, 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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