NPA PRACTICAL SCIENCE HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
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
WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?
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
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.