Preparation for Laboratory Technician Work

This course includes units from SCQF Level 6 and 7 Chemistry, Maths and Biology, providing the skills required to become a lab technician or study science further. Using state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, this course provides valuable experience, knowledge and technical skills for working in a science lab environment including invaluable up to date working knowledge of cGXP. There is a strong emphasis on the development of good technical skills through practical work, lectures and case studies.

This course is aimed at enabling students to secure employment in science-related industry sectors and/or to advance on to HNC, HND or degree level study. Successful completion of this course will give students a SQA National Progression Award in Laboratory Science. 

• Fundamental Chemistry: An Introduction
• Quality and Health and Safety Systems in Science Industries
• Mathematics for Science
• Microbiological Techniques
• Biotechnology
• Experimental Biology
• Experimental Chemistry

• Trainee laboratory technician
• Trainee process operator in the chemical or biotechnology industries

• HNC Applied Science
• PDA Laboratory Science
• HND Applied Biological Sciences
• HND Biotechnology
• HND Environmental Sciences
• HND Applied Chemistry
• HND Chemical Process Technology
• Year 1 of a related degree programme

One of the following:

• National 5 awards (or equivalent)  A – C including 1 Science, Maths and English
• NC Applied Science - SCQF Level 5

Applicants who do not meet this criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications, will be considered – and entry test will also be required.

Selection will be 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

15 January 2024

SCQF Level

Level 6