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Practical Skills in Life Science - Level 6

Programme Title: Practical Skills in Life Science

SCQF Level:  6

Qualification Description: 2 SQA units:

  • Experimental Procedures – Biology
  • Experimental procedures – Chemistry


Start Date: June 2014                                End Date: May 2015

Day/Time: on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 4pm

Course Outline/Description:

Students will be taken through a variety of experimental procedures and techniques used in the field of life science.

This course will give students an opportunity to extend their practical abilities to prepare for entry to Higher Education or for vocational purposes. On completion of this programme students will be able to perform a variety of experimental procedures in biology and chemistry, process the results obtained and complete laboratory reports. The laboratory based projects are designed to let candidates develop skills in numeracy, working with others and problem solving.

Background theory to support the practical work will also be covered.

The students also have the opportunity to achieve 2 SQA units at level 6 as part of this programme

Progression routes in science and scientific careers will also be discussed.

Semester 1 -  Units to be completed

Experimental Procedures – Biology D934 12

Semester 2 - Units to be completed:

Experimental procedures – Chemistry D935 12

Assessment Method for each of the Listed Units for this programme:

For each unit -

  • Checklist for competency in the various laboratory techniques
  • Submission of laboratory reports
  • Group working project to include report and group presentation


Describe how the pupils will be encouraged to develop Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work:This programme will allow candidates to develop practical skills for moving on in science and they will have more confidence to carry practical work in Higher Education situation or in the workplace, enhancing their employability. The project element in particular will develop skills in working with others; respecting ideas of others, communication skills, cooperation with others and supporting others.


The writing of laboratory reports will develop skills of numeracy, problem solving, analysis and written communication skills.

The background theory covered during the course will contextualise the practical and its importance in the various fields of life science such as health, molecular biology, biotechnology etc.


If there are opportunities within this programme to progress, please describe them below:

Provide candidates with practical skills, confidence in report writing and group working.

These skills should facilitate progression to higher Education along with appropriate Highers for example HNC Applied Science or HND Biological science programme at college or to an appropriate science programme at University.

Skills gained on this programme may assist the candidate to find employment at technical level or MA life science opportunities.