SCQF LEVEL 3/4/5 - National 3/4/5

The Science NPA course is a practical course designed to allow pupils to continue their studies in science regardless of their stage, ability or specific subject interest.  The nature of the course allows teachers to;  

  • Adapt course content to suit pupil interest, ability and skills 

  • Assess and award individual science units achieved at pupils' own pace 

  • Recognise and award core skills in addition to science units 


Pupils can take Science NPA in every year S3-S6 and continue to make progress by attaining new qualifications based on their unique skills, interests and abilities.  


NPA / Science Units / Core Skills 


1 Year full time


Internal / in class






Mrs Martin

Mrs Garratt



This course is suited to you if you like some science topics but prefer 

  • Practical work & experiments 

  • Less written work 

  • Working at a slower pace 

  • Choosing which area(s) of science you want to study 


Science NPA is the best course choice for you if you want to study science at college or hope to work in a science related job in future. 

Course content includes general science within;  

  • Biology (Human Body & Health Technology) 

  • Chemistry (Chemical reactions & Periodic Table) 

  • Physics (Radioactivity & Applications of Physics) 

  • Environmental Science (Energy, Ecology & Human Impact) 

  • Core skills (Numeracy, ICT, Communication, Working with Others & Problem Solving) 


(Alternative topics and units of study are available based on pupil interest, knowledge and skills.) 


All topics and units are assessed internally, in class by a combination of; 

  • Practical work, experiments and investigations 

  • Open and closed book questions or tests 

  • Class discussion, active learning tasks and research. 


Levels of assessment for Science units and individual Core Skills are available from Level 1 – Level 6 where appropriate. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

None – a basic interest in science and a good work ethic is all that is needed. 

(Science, Literacy and Numeracy is likely to be between levels 1 - 4) 

what will you get?

You will achieve a mixture of science units and core skills units. The level of each unit will be determined by your ability, skills and participation in class activities and practical work.  By choosing science NPA every year, you will continue to develop your scientific practical skills, knowledge of science in everyday life and safe working practices. 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Many areas of employment are open to pupils with science skills; 

  • General science, e.g. Lab technician, computing & ICT, teaching 

  • Healthcare & Working with people, e.g. childcare, nursing & social care 

  • Farming, agriculture & working with animals 

  • Modern apprenticeships including Construction & Engineering 

  • Sport & Leisure industry 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Becca, Erin & Millie - S4

I chose this course because I need a qualification in science for my future life choices. I would recommend it to others because it is a good chance to get a taste of all sciences and I have enjoyed doing different experiments.  I think this course is beneficial as you are getting to try all sciences and you can work at your own pace. You don’t have to worry about exams and you still get a qualification. 

Aimee - S5

I chose this course because it sounded very interesting and enjoyable which it is. I have enjoyed this course because you don’t need to be stressed and there is no exam! There are unit tests throughout the whole year. I also enjoy it because it is creative and you do lots of practical experiments. I don’t regret taking this course, am happy I chose it and would recommend it to anyone interested in all sciences. 

Matthew - S4

I picked this subject because it isn’t concentrated into just science.  It’s more chill so it’s easier to enjoy and actually gives me motivation to work. I don’t have any regrets about taking it.  I would recommend this because it is actually enjoyable. 

Casey - S4

The reason I picked this course was because I found Biology too hard and knew I would struggle with that. This course has been way more easier, more relaxed and fun and less stressed with no worries, no exams and you still get a qualification. All the topics are easy but challenging, it is different for everyone, but me and my class have loved it this year and we have learned so much stuff from every science. 

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