Laboratory Science

Why study Laboratory Science?


This course gives a broad practical introduction to laboratory science. You will explore a variety and range of industries and services, and the career opportunities in science laboratories in a local, national and global setting.


Laboratory technicians work in different sorts of labs. They work with scientists, to carry out experiments and record results. Animal technicians also work in laboratories, caring for animals used in research and, when qualified, helping with experiments.


Laboratory Science offers good opportunities for those who enjoy:

  • learning practical and technical skills
  • working as part of a team
  • paying attention to detail
  • being methodical
  • observing and recording.


Who is this course for?


We will be offering this course to senior phase students as a progression route from National 4 Sciences, or for students looking to enhance their hands-on, practical skills in science and gain an additional qualification.


Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, however, it would be helpful if you have attained or are studying one of the following, or equivalent:


What will I study?


This course will give you practical experience in the basic practical skills for working in a laboratory, for example: measuring, weighing and preparing compounds and solutions and will help you to understand and apply the health and safety requirements for a safe working environment. You will develop specific practical skills related to microbiology, measuring radioactivity, chemical handling and laboratory instrumentation.


The course consists of four compulsory units.


The compulsory units are:

  • Careers Using Laboratory Science
  • Working in a Laboratory
  • Practical Skills
  • Practical Investigation


You will learn about:

  • health and safety issues of working in a laboratory
  • using various types of instrumentation found in laboratories
  • the ways in which science and laboratory skills are used in different industries and services
  • related job roles and career opportunities
  • handling chemicals and preparing solutions
  • calculating and presenting results of practical work
  • employability skills such as timekeeping, taking instructions and measuring.


Working as a team you will also produce a plan to investigate a scientific topic using practical procedures. You will be assessed on your ability to carry out an allocated task in a competent and safe manner. You will present your findings and produce a scientific report.


Work experience/placements


You will be encouraged to arrange a science laboratory work experience placement. Where possible, you may be able to visit employers or training providers.


How will I be assessed?


Assessment will be based on an investigation, an open book assessment and your reviews of your employability skills.


What can I go on to next?


You may be able to progress to:

Employment /Training

  • A Life Science Modern Apprenticeship leading to a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 2 or 3.


Further/Higher Education

  • A one year full time National Certificate or National Qualification in Applied Sciences at a local college of further education.


Further study, training or employment in:

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