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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course is for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and skills for further study in science-related disciplines and for work in the science industry.

  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Cell biology, microbiology, genetics and biochemistry
    • Statistics
    • Lab skills and Lab safety
    • An independent research project

Why choose this course

You can tailor what you study towards biomedical or biological science, and learn transferable skills in critical and evaluative thinking, independent research and statistics.

Entry requirements

  • Two Highers, one of which should be biology or chemistry at C grade or above, plus a minimum of National 5 for the other science (biology/ chemistry), plus
  • Two further National 5s or Standard Grades in relevant subjects (one which must be maths) or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject
  • NQ science level 6
  • Supporting personal statement

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: HND or degree courses in biomedical or biological sciences.

    Employment: jobs in science areas such as research and industrial laboratories, and biological and biomedical industries. Previous students have found employment with NHS 24 and Scottish Water.

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview, plan to be in college for around two hours. Please bring evidence of your qualifications and the following prepared personal statement (maximum 300 words):

  • Qualifications
  • Work experience/volunteering experience/life experience
  • Personal qualities and interests
  • Reasons for applying for the course

The interview involves:

  • Information session
  • Individual discussion
  • Group discussion

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more.

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.