Preparing for Higher Education (Communication Skills) SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

Designed to enhance your skills of researching, presenting and writing, this short course is an ideal route to prepare yourself for further studies.  

You will choose a vocational topic that interests you and be given the tools to help you communicate your findings to a wider audience.  This will involve recording a “talking head” video and drafting an academic essay.  

Throughout the process you will have access to a lecturer to advise, assess and feedback on your efforts, so you can learn how to improve your skills.

Special features:

  • Course is designed for maximum flexibility with teaching videos and learning resources you can access at times convenient to you
  • Opportunities to meet with, and discuss your skills with a lecturer, in person or over video conferencing technology
  • Useful skills-building for anyone, whatever your interests or future studies, as the Core Skills team work across the departments of Moray College UHI

Communication skills are highly sought after by employers.  Researching, presenting and formal writing are transferable skills, vital for success in just about every sector.  Prospective students can choose a vocational topic where they know there are significant employment opportunities, further enhancing their curriculum vitae.

Entry requirements

Communication Level 6 (F3GB12) or equivalent (if entering from a FE course).
Alternative requirements can be discussed for mature students.

  • Writing & research (0.5 – M0CORPHES): students must complete a 1000-word report or essay with at least seven references (using the UHI Harvard standard) on a vocational topic.
  • Speaking (0.5 - MOCORPHEW): prepare an engaging set of PowerPoint slides (or equivalent i.e. Prezi), to be narrated, recorded and uploaded for assessment.  The talk must last at least eight minutes and cover the same vocational topic. 


Laptop or desktop computer with internet access, web camera and microphone.

How will I study my course?

  • Online

Online with option for face-to-face tutorials, if required.

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Optional, drop-in tutorial time on Fridays 2-3pm, or appointments to be arranged for mutually convenient slots.

Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    Monday, 24th January 2022


    The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Completing this qualification will help prepare you for HE studies, either a HNC or first year degree.

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College 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.