Lab Skills

SCQF level: 6
Campus: Kingsway
Starts: May 2017
Ends: April 2019
Days: Monday and Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00

Entry requirements:
You will be required to have science qualifications at Level 5, demonstrate your ability to work at Level 6 and beyond and show that you have a genuine interest in participation in a work-based programme

Course content:
Vocational skills will be developed, demonstrated and assessed whilst on work placement through the achievement of the SVQ units within the framework of the NPA in Laboratory Science. You will develop further employability skills whilst on work placement.

NPA in Laboratory Science units:
Mathematics for Science (level 5)
Develops skills in statistics, algebra, and graphical work and how to apply these skills in an appropriate scientific context
Fundamental Chemistry: An Introduction (level 6)
Introduction to the main concepts of chemistry
Quality and Health and Safety Systems in Science Industries (level 7)
Introduction and opportunity to view quality standards and health and safety issues procedures in practice via at least one industrial/commercial site visit
Microbiological Techniques (level 6)
Develops knowledge, understanding and practical skills in growth limitation and sterilisation, culturing and identifying micro-organisms

Year 1
In S5, you will attend college one day per week to develop your understanding of the values and principles of Laboratory Science before applying to practice whilst on work placement.

Year 2
Work placement in an industry approved workplace building real life skills and attributes which are specialised to a chosen career.

Progression opportunities:

• Further study
• Progression to employment, non-apprenticeship route
• Modern Apprenticeship

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Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting Kathryn Simpson at or 01382 834897
You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).