Preparing for Higher Education (Communication Skills) SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

Communication skills are highly sought after by employers. This short course will provide you with transferable skills, vital for success in just about every sector.

This is an ideal route to prepare you for further studies. You will learn to enhance your skills in researching, presenting, and writing.

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:

  • Learning resources you can access at times convenient to you
  • Opportunities to meet with and discuss your skills with a lecturer, in person or online
  • Useful and transferrable skills building for anyone no matter your interests or future plans, as the Essential Skills team work across all departments within UHI Moray

Entry requirements

  • Communication at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent.
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

Course content includes:

  • Writing & research: students must complete a 1000-word report or essay with at least seven references (using the UHI Harvard standard) on a vocational topic.
  • Speaking: 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.


You will require access to a laptop/computer with internet access, a web camera and microphone.

How will I study my course?

  • Online

You will access all your learning via your computer or device. Learning materials are posted online and you work through them in your own time, communicating with each other and your lecturer via discussions boards, forums and email. You will be provided with online resources to work through, with the support of your lecturers.

Optional drop-in tutorials are available throughout the course, or you can arrange appointments with your lecturer.

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Optional drop-in tutorials.

Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    September or January


    Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

    If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

    If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

    Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

    Course fees 2023/24*


    Rest of UK


    Further Education - Full time




    Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




    Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




    * Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


    Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

    Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    On successful completion of this course you will be prepared for Higher Education studies, such as a HNC or degree.

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