Applied Science Level 5

What is special about this course?

Science and Maths are important foundations in the understanding of the world around us, from the production of food and clothes to medicine and technology. Science is no longer separated into individual fields; Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths combine to solve problems such as global warming, energy generation, treatment of disease and the solving of crimes.

Science is the method of investigating the unknown and deepening knowledge of what we know already, it involves thought, problem solving, experimentation and evaluation.

The Level 5 course is designed to teach you how to think scientifically and apply these skills of scientific thinking to solving problems. The course has a large practical element to develop hands on experimental experience. You will be given the opportunity to build a skills record with practice in the techniques used in Laboratories in Industry. Skills that are transferrable to the workplace.

Lecturing staff are all from scientific backgrounds, having worked in industry, academia and research. 

Entry requirements

  • Three passes at National 4 including Maths and Science is desirable, or
  • Introduction to Science (SCQF 4)
  • Applicants are encouraged from mature students who may not have formal qualifications but have skills required to meet the demands of the course. 

Entry is subject to interview

The course is designed to give you an introduction to all aspects of Science and includes the following modules:

  • Lab skills
  • Scientific Communication Skills
  • Science Study Skills
  • Biology: Life on Earth
  • Cell Biology
  • Biology: Multicellular Organisms
  • Nature’s Chemistry
  • Chemical Changes and Structure
  • Chemistry in Society
  • Physics: Electricity and Energy
  • Physics: Waves and Radiation
  • Physics: Dynamics and Space
  • Mathematics for Science 2 and 3
  • Communication
  • Information and Communication Technology

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • face-to-face
  • group working
  • guest lectures
  • research projects

The course is timetabled for 3 days a week, between 9am and 5pm.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

One year full time, longer part time.

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

Scottish students

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)






Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)




International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


Full time 


 Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course, you will be ready to progress to Level 6 or the Science Highers which are the stepping stones to HNC Level and University study. On completion of the HNC Applied Science qualification many job opportunities open up to you as Science Technician in local hospitals, schools and industries.

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Apply for Applied Science Level 5

Applications for this subject are currently closed.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.