NPA in Science and Health at SCQF level 4

NPA in Science and Health at SCQF level 4

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

The NPA in Science and Health at SCQF level 4 develops knowledge and understanding of science in relation to human health and provides an entry level point for people who wish to pursue a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sector. This is seen to be of particular importance given the existing and projected shortfall in suitably qualified individuals in these areas.

The NPA in Science and Health at SCQF level 4 allows learners to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of biology, chemistry, and physics
  • develop skills in good laboratory practice
  • develop an understanding of health and safety practices
  • develop an awareness of the Skill for Life of Health and Wellbeing
  • prepare candidates for progression to qualifications at SCQF level 5 in areas related to human health

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

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 Science and Health at SCQF level 4 could provide progression to:

  • NPA Practical Science at SCQF level 5
  • Skills for Work: Laboratory Science at SCQF level 5

Qualification structure

Group Award code:  GG36 44 (24 SCQF credit points)

Group Award Specification (582 KB)

The NPA in Science and Health at SCQF level 4 consists of six mandatory Units (24 SCQF credit points)

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Qualification structure

Group Award code:  GG36 44 (24 SCQF credit points)

Group Award Specification (582 KB)

The NPA in Science and Health at SCQF level 4 consists of six mandatory Units (24 SCQF credit points)

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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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Resources

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