Practical Science (NPA)

West Highland College UHI


Auchtertyre Campus, Broadford Campus, Fort William Campus, Gairloch Campus, Kilchoan Campus, Kinlochleven Campus, Mallaig Campus, Portree Campus, Strontian Campus, Ullapool Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


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

This course will develop your understanding and basic skills in the areas of science. The qualification structure has been devised so that you will receive a broad education in scientific skills across all three disciplines. The emphasis of the award is to develop basic skills with the focus on practical activities which will be carried out in a realistic work environment. Some self-study is required.

Content: Introduction to Chemistry; Waves and optics; Radioactivity; Human body; Forensic science.

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

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements.

Progression Routes

Higher level study

Start Date

September, October



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

20 weeks


Science and Environment

SCQF Level




Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

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Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


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