NC Applied Science - SCQF Level 5

This course will start students on the road to becoming a lab technician or studying science at a higher level. Using state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, this course provides valuable experience, knowledge and technical skills for working in a laboratory environment. There is a strong emphasis on the development of good technical lab skills through practical work, lectures and case studies.

This course enables students to advance onto Highers, or NQ Level 6 and then HNC, HND or degree level study and to secure employment in science-related industry sectors.

Course content includes the following National 5 subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Science and Technology
  • Lab Skills
  • Physics

  • Trainee Laboratory Technician
  • Trainee Process Operator in the chemical or biotechnology industries

  • No formal entry requirements
  • Selection is by an interview process

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


Falkirk Campus



Start date

21 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 5