Scottish Science Baccalaureate

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2023/24 can apply for this course***

The Scottish Baccalaureate in Science has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding experience for candidates in fifth and sixth year of secondary school.

It is based on a coherent group of subjects at Higher and Advanced Higher level with the addition of the Interdisciplinary Project, which offers added breadth and value and helps to equip the candidate with the generic skills, attitudes and confidence necessary to make the transition into Higher Education and/or employment.

The Baccalaureate is an interdisciplinary project that  aims to develop the candidate’s skills and abilities as an independent learner. The prime focus of this is the development of generic and cognitive skills through a science based project. The project is designed to encourage the candidate to draw on many areas of learning from across the curriculum and to make connections between science and the world in which they live, learn and work. It should also encourage partnership working between different providers to help the candidate access different learning environments. All of these features will encourage the candidate’s awareness of the value and transferability of these skills and in turn, will support the candidate’s transition into Higher/Further Education and the workplace.

  • Research Scientist
  • Scientific Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Protein Scientist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Process Engineer Analytical
  • Industrial Laboratory Technician
  • Environmentalist

  • HNC/D or Degree level study in a related science field.

  • Candidates must be studying two advanced highers and a higher (these do not have to be from the same year). 
  • Candidates may choose two Core courses, or one Core course and one Broadening course from the following lists:


Core Courses

  • Biology*
  • Chemistry*
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Biology
  • Physics*

Broadening Courses

  • Computing Science*
  • Design and Manufacture*
  • Engineering Science*
  • Graphic Communication*
  • Geography*
  • Psychology

Further advice for School College Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship applications:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• 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, 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 to an information session
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Falkirk Campus

Start date

23 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 7