National Progression Award in Scientific Technologies at SCQF level 6

National Progression Award in Scientific Technologies at SCQF level 6

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Scientific Technologies at SCQF level 6 introduces learners to the knowledge and skills that are important in science-based industries.

This NPA develops knowledge and understanding of Scientific Technologies; practical, technical and transferable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; problem solving and planning skills; and organisational and communication skills.

This qualification covers areas such as experimental procedures, laboratory safety, fundamental chemistry, and mathematics for science.

The qualification is available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why study this qualification

The NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who may have just left school
  • mature individuals 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. However, it is recommended for learners entering the SCQF level 6 award to have completed some training at SCQF level 5.

Foundation Apprenticeship

This NPA is a mandatory component in the SCQF level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies.

SQA also offers the following components of this Foundation Apprenticeship:

Code

Unit title

FY9W 04

Follow Health and Safety Procedures for Scientific or Technical Activities

H00C 04

Carry Out Simple Scientific or Technical Tests Using Manual Equipment 

H00J 04

Prepare Compounds and Solutions for Scientific or Technical Use

Employment and progression

The SCQF level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/HND in Applied Sciences/Applied Biological Sciences/Applied Chemical Sciences or related area
  • a Modern Apprenticeship in Life Science and Related Science Industries
  • a Technical Apprenticeship in Life Science and Related Science Industries
  • employment in the science sector, perhaps as a laboratory assistant or a laboratory technician

Qualification structure

Group award code: GN13 46 (24 SCQF credit points)

Group award specification for NPA in Scientific Technologies at SCQF level 6 GN13 46 (377 KB)

The NPA in Scientific Technologies at SCQF level 6 consists of four mandatory units (24 SCQF credit points). 

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Qualification structure

Group award code: GN13 46 (24 SCQF credit points)

Group award specification for NPA in Scientific Technologies at SCQF level 6 GN13 46 (377 KB)

The NPA in Scientific Technologies at SCQF level 6 consists of four 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 performance criteria for each unit.

Assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

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

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