Introduction to Science

What is special about this course?

This course starts in January only.

Introduction to Science is for students who have no formal training in science but would like to know more. 

Entry requirements

  • Entry is subject to interview

The following science subjects are covered:-

  • Forensic science
  • Electronics
  • The human body
  • Chemistry
  • Renewable energy

Also included in the programme are the core skills of communication, keyboard skills and numeracy

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This is a full-time course starting in January and it lasts for 18 weeks (end June).

A typical week includes 3 full days attendance at college.  The programme has a blend of practical lab skills and theory. 

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

This course starts in January only.

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Bursary or EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance)

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the programme can lead to study at SCQF level 5 in Applied Science or Engineering.

In order to seek employment as a lab technician the entry level qualification is HNC.  The Introduction to Science is the first step in your progression towards this qualification.  Employment in the STEM sector requires you have both technical skills and ‘soft’ skills.  Technical skills include the ability to use equipment with confidence and safely.  The ability to plan practical activities and follow to clinical practice and regulations.  Softer skills include the ability to work productively with other people, keep organised notes and records and to reflect on the quality of the work you are producing.  An introduction to all these skills in woven into this programme.

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Apply for Introduction to Science

I want to start in 2020/21

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Inverness College UHI. Inverness College 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.