• Science

    Introduction to Science (Biomedical Sciences and Nursing) infill

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, 3 days per week

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Life sciences deal with living organisms and range from microbiology and biomedical science, to zoology, botany and ecology. The life sciences industry in Scotland is thriving, offering exciting opportunities to collaborate, bring new concepts to life and life-changing products to market. Careers include medical research, food science, environmental science and scientific research.

If you’re interested in science, especially within a medical context - such as biomedical science or nursing - but aren’t yet sure which specific route to take, this course is a great starting point for you, as you can use it to embark on lots of different career paths.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in science
  • Three National 4s or equivalent in English, Maths and one other relevant subject (preferably a science) OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • An interview with us.

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course is mainly National 5 Biology and National 5 Chemistry units, but also has some supporting subjects, to give you a good grounding for future medical-related study. Offering a significant element of practical skills in the lab, it also includes the SQA Group Award NC Applied Sciences (Level 5).

Firstly, this course introduces you to the biology of humans and other living organisms.

You’ll explore three units - Life on Earth (biodiversity, energy in eco systems and the evolution of species), Multicellular Organisms (cells, tissues and organs; stem cells and reproduction), and Cell Biology (DNA, genetic engineering and respiration).

Onto chemistry, which is important in this course as it explains how our bodies work using various chemical processes - and also because the world around us is full of chemicals we use in everyday life. The three units here are Chemical Changes and Structure (reaction rates, atomic structure and bonding), Chemistry in Society (metals, plastics, fertilisers and nuclear chemistry) and Nature’s Chemistry (consumer products, such as perfumes, soaps, alcohol and vinegar).

On a smaller scale, you’ll explore areas of physics, and topics such as Waves and Optics, and Radioactivity.

Along the way, you’ll learn about the human body, all the major systems (respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, etc) and components, and how they’re affected by disease or injury.

You’ll also look at the use of technology in monitoring health, such as measuring temperature, body fat, blood pressure, pulse, breathing and heart rate. You’ll choose a scientific and technological issue which affects society, such as smoking and look in detail at its impact.

Finally, you’ll explore biotechnological industries such as dairy, yeast-based, detergents and pharmaceuticals.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you may have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a Level 6 course such as NC Biomedical Sciences – Science for Nursing or NC Higher Health and Social Care
  • Seeking to start your career with employment while undertaking further study

Guidance will be given to you on completion of the course of your best progression route.

Start Date

27 Aug 2018




Start Date

27 Aug 2018




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