Scientific Technologies

Scotland has a thriving life science and related science sector, which consists of just over 630 organisations.

There are over 7,500 roles within life sciences related operations, like: biomedical scientist, biotechnologist, biochemist, laboratory technician, marine biologist and geoscientist. These roles span across industry, universities, schools, further education colleges and NHS. With a Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies, you’ll be getting into a career with lots of opportunities. There is a great and growing demand for more young workers with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) skills and qualifications. And, on average, those working in STEM careers earn 20% more than those working in other fields.

What will I learn?
Your National Progression Award (NPA) will cover:
Laboratory Safety, Mathematics for Science, Fundamental Chemistry: An Introduction and Experimental Procedures: Science

In S6, you’ll be assessed in real life situations in the workplace. You’ll learn how to: Follow health and safety procedures for scientific or technical activities, carry out scientific or technical tests using manual equipment and prepare compounds and solutions for scientific or technical use.

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly communication, problem solving, working with others and time management. These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

Entry requirements:
You will be required to have a Science and English qualification at National 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.


Key info

Over 2 years (5th & 6th year)
Starts: May 2021
Ends: April 2023 
Kingsway Campus: Year 1 & 2: Mon & Wed 2-5pm
Arbroath Campus: Year 1 & 2: Tues 9am-4pm

1 year option (in 6th year)
Kingsway Campus: Mon, Tues, Wed 2-5pm and Thurs 1-4pm
Arbroath Campus: Tue & Fri 9am-4pm

Please note: delivery of learning and work placements may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, where remote and blended learning may be undertaken alongside or in place of classroom and workplace learning. 

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting our Academic Partnerships Team at or 01382 834847

You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).