NPA in Science and Technology

NPA in Science and Technology

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 Technology at SCQF level 4 develops knowledge and understanding of science in relation to applications in everyday life 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 particularly important given the existing and projected shortfall in suitably qualified individuals in these areas.

This NPA allows learners to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of biology, chemistry, and physics
  • apply knowledge to understand developments in new technology
  • develop skills in good laboratory practice
  • develop an understanding of science health and safety practices
  • develop an awareness of the Essential Skill of Sustainable Development
  • progress to qualifications at SCQF level 5 in science and in engineering

This qualification is available for use by schools and 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 Technology 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:  GG39 44 (24 SCQF credit points)

Group Award Specification (582 KB)

The NPA in Science and Technology at SCQF level 4 consists of 3 mandatory Units (18 SCQF credit points) and depending on the Unit selection, 1 or 2 optional Units (6 SCQF credit points).

 

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Qualification structure

Group Award code:  GG39 44 (24 SCQF credit points)

Group Award Specification (582 KB)

The NPA in Science and Technology at SCQF level 4 consists of 3 mandatory Units (18 SCQF credit points) and depending on the Unit selection, 1 or 2 optional Units (6 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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