NPA Practical Science at SCQF level 5

NPA Practical Science at SCQF level 5

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards.

The NPA in Practical Science at SCQF level 5 develops techniques that are important in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sector and is particularly important given the existing and projected shortfall in suitably qualified individuals in these areas.

The NPA in Practical Science at SCQF level 5:

  • develops knowledge and understanding of biology, chemistry and physics and develops skills in good laboratory practice
  • helps learners develop an understanding of science health and safety  and an awareness of the Essential Skill of Citizenship
  • prepares candidates for progression to extended qualifications at SCQF level 5 and above

This qualification is available for delivery by schools, colleges and training provider.s

Why study this qualification

This NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for a long period of time
  • individuals who are currently in employment and wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • those who are looking to access HN programmes
  • learners who want to study at a pace and style that they determine
  • employees who want to develop their careers
  • individuals who are seeking national recognition of their achievements
  • employers who wish their employees to take part in short continuing professional development courses

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Employment and progression

The NPA in Practical Science at SCQF level 5 could provide progression to:

  • NC Applied Science SCQF level 5
  • NPA Laboratory Science SCQF level 6

Qualification structure

NPA in Practical Science

Group Award code: GG37 45 (24 SCQF credit points)

The NPA in Practical Science at SCQF level 5 consists of five mandatory Units (24 SCQF credit points).

For further information on the structure and Units for this qualification please refer to the Group Award Specification (582 KB).

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Qualification structure

NPA in Practical Science

Group Award code: GG37 45 (24 SCQF credit points)

The NPA in Practical Science at SCQF level 5 consists of five mandatory Units (24 SCQF credit points).

For further information on the structure and Units for this qualification please refer to the Group Award Specification (582 KB).

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How to assess

Assessment of this award will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under closed- and open-book assessment conditions. It is recommended that centres refer to the assessment and Evidence Requirements for each Unit.

The delivery of the award is at the individual centre’s discretion.

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