SfW Lab Skills

SCQF LEVEL 5 - National 5

The course provides an introduction to laboratory science.


There are 4 units.

  • Unit 1: Careers using laboratory science. You will explore a variety of industries and career opportunities in science laboratories, locally, nationally, and globally.

  • Unit 2: Working in a laboratory.  You will develop basic practical skills and knowledge needed for working in a laboratory: measuring, weighing and preparing compounds and solutions; and health and safety requirements.

  • Unit 3: Practical Skills.  You will learn skills in microbiology, measuring radioactivity, chemical handling and laboratory instrumentation.

  • Unit 4: Practical Investigation.  You will work with others to produce a plan to undertake a practical investigation to test scientific hypotheses. This will also involve reporting of the results, conclusions and evaluations of the investigation.


National 5 Laboratory Science Skills


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


Course evidence gathered throughout in open-book conditions and a full practical investigation carried out and written up.


No exam - Internally assessed



Any Science teacher



If you love practical work in science.

If you are considering a career in industries and services that have labs.

If you want to learn a range of transferable skills for work including the ability to follow instructions, awareness of health and safety, appropriate use of resources, flexible approaches to problem solving , confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience, time-management, communication, presentation, numeracy, confidence to seek feedback and self-evaluation skills

You will learn through practical experience including learning in real or simulated workplace settings, learning through role play activities in vocational contexts, carrying out case study work and planning and carrying out practical tasks and assignments.  There will be opportunities for independent and collaborative working and the focus will be on developing skills for work.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

N4 Maths or above AND an N4 in any science (or above)

what will you get?

A N5 award in Laboratory Science worth 24 SCQF credit points


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Technician or technologist in research and industrial laboratories or other industries, such as environmental and land-based industries; chemical, nuclear, oil, petroleum, polymer and pharmaceutical industries; electricity, gas, waste management and water industries; healthcare sector, including pharmacy services; and food and drinks industries.

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. 

Meldrum Academy, Colpy Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0NT