Foundation Apprenticeship Scientific Technology (Laboratory Skills)
This is a course for school pupils
Kilwinning Campus - College attendance on a Tuesday 9:00am – 4:00pm plus one day per week work placement
Duration - 1 Year
Who is the course for
The science laboratory is a unique learning environment that enables and combines "learning through doing". Some of the world’s most amazing discoveries have been made by people working in laboratories.
A Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies offers you the opportunity to enhance your understanding of putting theory into practice, improve your reasoning skills, and develop practical skills in laboratory work.
If you can see yourself working in the sciences, particularly in a laboratory, this course is for you.
You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies as one of your school subject choices. The course takes 2 years to complete, starting in S5 and finishing at the end of S6.
You’ll spend part of your week at college and also go out on work experience.
Arrangements for work placements will be organised in accordance with COVID government guidance.
And don’t worry about getting to and from college/employer – all your transport will be organised and paid for too.
What is the course about
This course lets you find out what a career in scientific technologies would really be like - and if it’s right for you.
A National Progression Award (NPA) in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 6
Three SVQ units of an SCQF level 6 in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science)
A substantial work placement
Example of course units include:
Mathematics for science
Experimental Procedures in Science
Prepare compounds and solutions for scientific or technical use
Carry out simple scientific or technical tests using manual equipment
Follow Health and Safety procedures for scientific or technical activities
What do I need
For a place on this course, you'll need: a pass at National 5 in Chemistry (C or above), Maths and English.
How will I be assessed
A mixture of: ongoing workplace assessment, assessed practical activities and written tests.
You may progress to:
HNC at College
What do current students say
“During the course I found that even within topics I thought I already knew, my understanding was broadened and some gaps in my knowledge were filled.” “This college course is very useful for my progression into further education. I would definitely recommend this course to others who have an interest in science. Through the full day at college and full day at a work placement weekly, I have learned far more than I would within a classroom.” “I feel that I’ve learned a lot more than being at school as the work placement show how everything you learn is relevant within industry.”