The science industry is continuing to grow, creating opportunities all across the sector in a range of scientific specialisms. There are currently around 30,000 people employed in over 650 organisations in Scotland, with jobs in science attracting an average salary of £30,680.

As a college, we offer a range of science courses in a variety of different levels, from schools courses up to SCQF Level 7 (HNC) to prepare you for employment or further study within this industry.

We have excellent links with local employers and related organisations, and we use these relationships to benefit our students by bringing in knowledgeable speakers from the industry.  Our previous Science students have received sessions from representatives of the NHS and a range of charities funding scientific research to combat a range of illnesses.

As a college, we know that not all learning takes place within a classroom or college setting. We take our students out to various different organisations and settings, with previous students visiting organisations such as Touch Bionics, Surgeons Hall, Chamber Street Museum and the Science labs of St John’s Hospital.

Many of our science students also complete a placement to allow them to build the skills and experience needed to excel in their future career. Previous students have had the opportunity for work placements within the Marine Biology Centre in Aberdeen, the NHS in West Lothian and Edinburgh, Highland Wildlife Park, 5 sisters zoo and within local vets. Our previous science students have also had the opportunity to support the delivery of a science qualification to primary school children in West Lothian, giving them experience of teaching and working with other organisations.

Thomas Lawson studied HNC Applied Sciences at West Lothian College and has progressed onto higher education. Find out more in this video