Foundation Apprenticeship Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills)

Science has the power to change the world. Right here in Scotland, people are working on the next great discoveries – from drug development and neuroscience, to stem cell research and bioinformatics.

The Foundation Apprenticeship in scientific technologies could be your first step to an inventive career.

The Foundation Apprenticeship

An FA in Scientific technologies helps you discover what a career in the life sciences industry would be like, and if it’s right for you – while you're still at school. You’ll try out roles in the lab, shadow experienced professionals, or do a special project. You’ll build the practical skills and experience you need to do the job well.

What qualifications will I gain?

You’ll be assessed throughout your FA in Scientific technologies. At the end, you’ll achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Scientific technologies at SCQF Level 6, which includes:

  • Three units of the National Certificate in Applied sciences at SCQF Level 6
  • Five units of the SVQ in Laboratory and associated technical activities at SCQF Level 6

Where could it take me?

With an FA in Scientific technologies, you could:

  • Gain entry to the Modern Apprenticeship in Life sciences at SCQF Level 7
  • Or, progress to a Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 8
  • Move on to an HNC, HND or degree in a related subject
  • Start work in the industry


The graphic shows where an FA could take you. Afterwards you could move on to an MA in Life skills and related sciences, or a college or uni course in sciences. Typical jobs include laboratory technicial and clinical research. Skills gained include work readiness, numeracy skills, working with others, problem solving, organisational skills, and time management

Find a Foundation Apprenticeship

Pick your area to see which courses are available. The Foundation Apprenticeship programme is still expanding, so what you can do depends on your school.