Laboratory Science (Analytical and Process)

Laboratory Science (Analytical and Process)

SQA offers Laboratory Science (Analytical and Process) at Level 3.

This SVQ is based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set and published by the Sector Skills Council for the sector, SEMTA.

The standards provide an accurate and detailed definition of what candidates must know, understand and be able to do.  This SVQ will enable those working in this sector to develop the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate competence in their job role.

News and Announcements

This qualification is now in its lapsing period and will finish on 31/05/2018. Centres should note:

Why deliver this qualification

This SVQ in Laboratory Science (Analytical and Process) meets the employment needs of laboratory and technical staff and the SVQ can be offered at any time and does not need to follow the academic session.

The qualification provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to enable them to develop practical research skills

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQ in Laboratory Science (Analytical and Process) is suitable for candidates working in scientific laboratories. This qualification contains Units in Maintaiing Health and Safety in a Laboratory Environment; Maintaining Effective and Efficient Working Relationships in the Laboratory; Providing Leadership for a Laboratory Team; Measuring, Weighing and Preparing Compounds and Solutions for Laboratory Use; and Using and Communicating Laboratory Information to Authorised Personnel, which will help candidate not only within their own work environment but also for future career development.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. The nature of the qualification is such that candidates should be in a work role or placement which will allows them to demonstrate competence in practical tasks.


There are opportunities for progression to other science qualifications.


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 of competence demonstrated in the workplace.

Assessment is integrated with delivery and focuses on evidence of carrying out work activities.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

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