Physical Science & Renewable Energy Studies NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course has been specially designed to combine elements of various different sciences so that if you haven’t studied science before and want somewhere to start to enhance your prospects for further scientific study or a career, then this is for you.

You will study some of the basics of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Forensic Science – all put together in a demanding and practical way.

Core Skills are an integral part of the course and you will study ICT and Numeracy. These will be closely tied in with the other units you are studying and will enable you to move on with confidence to your next educational step or place of employment.

The course is available at all of our ten college centre using a combination of video conferencing and virtual learning environments.

On successful completion of this course, you will gain an NPA Practical Science at SCQF Level 5 and a College Certificate.

As always, our courses run subject to demand.

Entry requirements

National 4 or above qualifications in Maths or Science would be an advantage, but are not essential.  A positive attitude and a willingness to tackle new subjects will be key to success on this course.

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. Mature students will be considered on merit. You may be required to attend an interview.

  • Problem Solving Level 4
  • Problem Solving Level 5
  • Working with others level 4
  • Working with others level 5
  • Responsibility of Empolyment
  • Building own Empolyability Skills
  • Preparing for Empolyment…. First steps
  • Numeracy National 5
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Waves and Optics
  • Radioactivity
  • The Human Body
  • Forensic Science Applications
  • Telecommunications
  • Working Safely
  • Chemistry in Society
  • The Science of Renewable Energy…An Introduction
  • This is further enhanced by Core Skills in Numeracy, Communications and ICT

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will study this full time course 3 days power week throughout the semester (19 weeks) The course will also require 2 Saturdays to complete practical work.  These will be arranged by mutual agreement.

These courses are “networked”, which means they can be accessed in any of our ten college centres using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and virtual learning environments.

How long will my course last?

19 Weeks

This full time course is networked and you will study 3 days per week (Mon, Tue & Fri tbc) throughout the semester (19 weeks). The course will require 2 Saturdays to complete practical work throughout the course. The Saturdays will be arranged by mutual agreement.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

August 2018


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may qualify for bursary funding. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course could be a stepping stone to further study in the area of science, renewables or engineering a solid foundation for Higher study. 

You could also consider further maritime course such as our Certificate in Maritime Skills or NC Shipping and Maritime Operations or progression onto further education/training through Nautical College or similar. It can also be a route into employment in the maritime, construction or renewables sectors.

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