Modern Biological Technologies PDA

Course code 031C

What is special about this course?

Study three Biology units at SCQF level 7, to develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in Cell Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology. This award is a qualification designed to address the practical laboratory skills needed for multi-skilled individuals within the science sector and includes the inter-personal skills required for the 21st century economy.

This course is for you if you have science qualifications at SCQF level 6 and are aiming to progress to further study in higher education, or those with experience in the biological science industry looking to upskill or reskill.

Special features

  • This course offers a unique opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in biological sciences at SCQF level 7 while developing laboratory skills at the UHI Perth campus
  • You will be given the opportunity to attended field trips and engage with local employers during your studies
  • Tutors have a range of industry knowledge, practical skills and research experience in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biology and Ecology

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in a science subject OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above in a science subject
  • PLUS 3 National 5 Passes or equivalent, including Biology or Human Biology

Access routes

  • NPA Laboratory Science SCQF level 6
  • NC Applied Science SQCF level 6

Year 1 - PDA

You will study the following core modules:

  • Biotechnology: an introduction
  • Cell biology: theory and laboratory skills
  • Microbiology: theory and laboratory skills

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will attend theory and practical classes on campus at UHI Perth, with additional learning material and resources available on the virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 6 months @ 10 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth

Start date

  • January


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Biological sciences
  • Technical scientific support

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress from PDA Modern Biological Technologies to the following courses:

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Jan/Feb 2024

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