Practical Science NPA

What is special about this course?

Brand new part time NPA in Practical Science available to study in any of our college centres*.

Do you want to learn about the world of science for the first time or as a refresher?

The science subjects are a starting point for a variety of careers in nursing, education and the expending world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) employment.

This part time course will introduce you to and develop your basic understanding of science concepts, and show you the range of science specialities available.

You will cover the basics in all three science disciplines (physics, chemistry and biology) with a focus on practical activities which will be carried out in a realistic work environment.

Some self-study is required.

*You will be required to attend one Saturday session of practical forensic science in either Fort William or Portree during the course.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

You will study:

  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Waves and Optics
  • Radioactivity
  • Human Body
  • Forensic Science

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

This course is available in all of our college centres.

You will be part of a virtual classroom using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and web based virtual learning environments. You will have access to discussion forums, chat, online classroom and real time talk with your lecturer and fellow students.

Our experienced college centre staff will support you.

How long will my course last?

20 Weeks

This course can be studied in any of our college centres but you will be required to attend one Saturday session of practical forensic science in either Fort William or Portree during the course.

Where can I study my course?

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

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A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could consider specialising in Human Biology, Biolgy, Physics or Environmental Sciene as the college offers all four subjects at Higher level (available as evening classes).


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I want to start in 2022/23

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. UHI West Highland 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.