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Skills for Work: Automotive

Skills for Work: Automotive

SCQF Level 4

This course is designed to provide you with the basic practical, theory and key skills in motor vehicle.

The course comprises:
• Employability skills in the Motor Industry
• Health and Safety aspects through undertaking a range of workshop activities removal and replacement of certain components
• Full inspection for pre-delivery of new cars
• Learn to valet car to acceptable standard
• Online research to ascertain the work involved in running large car dealership, visit local companies
• Small project work involving modification of systems on a vehicle, eg. fitting extra lights, reversing sensors or perhaps a towbar will be undertaken

Progression:
Successful completion will enhance prospects of gaining an apprenticeship in the Motor Industry or progression to City & Guilds Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (SCQF Level 5).

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

 

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Skills for Work: Early Education & Childcare

Skills for Work: Early Education & Childcare

SCQF Level 4

This course has been designed to link closely to the proposed National Occupational Standards for Children’s Care, Learning and Development, and also for Play work.

The course provides some of the underpinning knowledge that is required for the Occupational Standards and also experience of the practical skills required to work at this level in the sector.

The course comprises:
• Child Development
• Working in Early Education and Childcare
• Play in Early Education and Childcare
• Care of Children

Progression:
Successful completion may provide access to NQ Playwork and Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 5).

Along with other qualifications you gain from school you can apply to NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 6).

Entry Requirements: Must be studying or preparing to study at National 5 in 3 subjects including English.

Day: Wednesday, 9.30am-2.15pm.
 
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Skills for Work: Hairdressing

Skills for Work: Hairdressing

SCQF Level 4

This course provides an introduction to hairdressing. The emphasis throughout the course is on employability skills and attitudes that will help to prepare you for the workplace.

You will gain practical experience of general salon duties to support stylists and assist with client care is included.

Specific skills involved in shampooing, conditioning and drying hair are developed and the creative side of hairdressing are also explored.

The course comprises:
• Salon Awareness
• Working in the Salon
• Employability Skills
• Creativity

Progression:
Successful completion may provide access to SVQ in Hairdressing and Barbering (SCQF Level 4) or SVQ in Hairdressing (SCQF Level 5) if you have the necessary qualifications.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday
 
Time: 9.30am-2.15pm
 

 

 

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Skills for Work: Uniform Services

Skills for Work: Uniform Services

SCQF Level 4

This course will give you good all-round knowledge, skills and understanding of the main aspects of the uniform services industry (police, army, ambulance services, etc.)

The course comprises:

• Employability skills with uniform services
• Participate and evaluate practical activities in relation to chosen profession
• Understanding the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the physical fitness levels required within the services
• Risk assessments & dealing with emergencies
• Understanding the local community and the role people employed within the services play
• Team working and relevance to the services

The knowledge and experience acquired will not only enable you to work within the uniformed services but will also develop transferable skills.

Progression: Successful completion, along with other qualifications you gain from school, you can apply to Sport and Fitness: College Certificate (SCQF Level 5 or Level 6).

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

 

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British Sign Language

Study a British Sign Language (BSL) qualification to develop good all-round knowledge of BSL.

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British Sign Language

British Sign Language

SCQF Level 4/5

This course will give you good all-round knowledge, skills and understanding of the history and use of British Sign Language (BSL). The awards have been designed to appeal to both hearing and deaf learners.

The British Sign Language awards at SCQF Levels 4 and 5 will help learners to develop their language skills and enable them to communicate with British Sign Language users in various contexts. Learners will also develop their understanding of how sign languages work, and how they differ from spoken and written languages. It will also enhance their understanding of Scotland’s Deaf Community, its history, people and culture. For learners who already use British Sign Language, the awards will help them develop their ability to communicate clearly, think critically and to use their own language creatively. Those taking the SCQF Level 5 award will also gain a deeper insight into the history and cultural heritage of British Sign Language.

These programmes meet the requirement set by the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 and the development of the British Sign Language National Plan 2017–2023.

The course aims comprise of:

  • an understanding of simple and straightforward information expressed in British Sign Language 
  • the ability to express information in a simple and straightforward monologue using British Sign Language 
  • their conversational skills using British Sign Language 
  • the ability to adapt to the regional varieties of British Sign Language 
  • the ability to use appropriate cultural conventions in British Sign Language 
  • their understanding and use of a visual and spatial language modality (ie, sign linguistics) 
  • their knowledge of specific historical events that have shaped the development of British Sign Language 
  • their knowledge of the diverse experiences of members of the Deaf Community 

The knowledge and experience acquired will not only enable you to work with the deaf, but will also develop transferable skills.

Progression: Successful completion, will enable you to enrol onto the PDA in British Sign Language (subject to approval)

Entry Requirements: Application form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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ECDL

Study the European-wide qualification accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

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ECDL European Computer Driving Licence

ECDL European Computer Driving Licence

SCQF Level 5, BCS Certificate

ECDL for School Pupils

The ECDL is the European-wide qualification that enables people to demonstrate their competence in information Technology skills. The course is becoming the most widely recognised qualification in the field of work-related computer use and is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Aims of the Course

  • To raise the general level of competence in Information Technology
  • To improve productivity at work
  • To enable employers to invest more efficiently in Information Technology
  • To ensure that best practice and quality issues are understood and implemented.

Entry Requirements: No formal entry qualifications are required, although a basic knowledge of computers is desired.

Normally this will be taught at school.

 

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SCQF Levels 4-5

Study modules which will enable you to develop vocational skills.

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Beauty Therapy

Beauty Therapy

SCQF Level 4

This course consists of five beauty related modules which will enable you to develop vocational skills within the Beauty Therapy area and help improve employment prospects by developing a range of employability skills.

The course comprises:

• Beauty Skills: An Introduction
   You will work towards achieving practical skills in nail care of the hand and feet, skincare and eyebrow tweezing
• Contemporary Makeup
   You will explore a range of makeup trends to inform your own treatment planning and application
• Creative Nail Finishes: Hand and Foot
   You will research a range of creative finishes to the nails using a range of enhancements to inform your own treatment planning and application
• Personal Development: Practical Abilities
   You will work together with your peers to plan and carry out a group task
• Personal Development: Self in Community
   You will work to improve your confidence and develop interpersonal skills when working with others.

Progression: Successful completion of this course may allow access to SVQ in Beauty Therapy (SCQF Level 5).

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

 

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Pathway to Hospitality

Pathway to Hospitality

SCQF Level 5

This college module will introduce you to the varied basic skills and knowledge required within the hospitality industry.

It will cover a range of areas, giving a structured introduction to Basic Cookery, Food & Beverage Service and Teamwork.

This course will act as a pathway to full-time courses, in any of these areas, within the Hospitality department.  It will allow you to work towards a more focused area of study, where your strengths lie, on completion of the course.

You will undertake a number of different activities in both theory and practical sessions and will be able to spend time working in both the Training Kitchens and the Beechtree Restaurant and Kitchen, our realistic working environment. 

You will also work on valuable Core Skills, continuing the school focus on the Curriculum for Excellence.

Skills gained whilst studying the accredited units will include:

• Table Service and Customer Service
• Basic Food Preparation and Professional Cookery - focus on different ingredients and cooking methods
• Teamwork and enjoyment in the kitchen and restaurant setting
• Food Theory

Progression: Successful completion may allow entry to NQ Hospitality - Silver SCQF Level 5. Students may also enter employment as a Kitchen Porter/Commis Chef or Waiter/Waitress.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm 

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Physical Activities (Sport) - Developing Leadership

Physical Activities (Sport) - Developing Leadership

SCQF Level 5

A new exciting opportunity for those pupils interested in sport and physical activities.

This course will enable you to learn the following aspects, which are essential skills for employment in the sports and physical activity sector:
• understanding the roles a coach/instructor will have to perform to get the best out of their athlete/client
• the development of the varying communication methods and leadership strategies which can be used when leading a group
• awareness of the health and safety, and legal and ethical issues you can face in the industry
• knowledge which will enable you to plan, lead and evaluate sports/physical activity sessions to a high standard.
• opportunity to gain National Governing Body awards in a variety of sports - providing you with Industry recognised coaching qualifications

Progression: On successful completion, along with other qualifications you gain from school, you can apply to Sport and Fitness: College Certificate (SCQF Level 5 or Level 6).

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday
 
Time: 9.30am-2.15pm
 
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Practical Engineering

Practical Engineering

SCQF Level 5

This course is designed to provide an introduction to basic Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical engineering disciplines to those who have no prior knowledge of the subject matter.

Combining three engineering disciplines the course of study will provide a varied and diverse introduction to practical craft level activity through four laboratory or workshop based units.

Progression: Successful completion may provide access to the Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering in S5 or progression to study an Engineering course at SCQF Level 5 or 6 with other grades achieved at school.

Entry Requirements: Achieved 3 National 4s including Maths and English or studying towards National 5 in Maths, English and one science subject

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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National Progression Awards

Delivered by partnerships between schools, colleges and employers, NPAs assess skills in specialist vocational areas.

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NPA: Administration Office Skills

NPA: Administration Office Skills

SCQF Level 5

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Administration: Office Skills and Services at SCQF Level 5 is designed as a programme which will provide candidates with theoretical knowledge and also allow them to have hands on experience of key pieces of office equipment, develop communication skills with internal and external customers and improve skills in locating, retrieving and presenting required information.

The qualification structure and unit content provides a vocational and relevant curriculum which creates and promotes effective articulation and transition into further and higher education, whilst simultaneously recognising and supporting skills for industry and future employment including the soft skills demanded by employers.

Candidates must complete all three units below to achieve the NPA at SCQF Level 5:

• Front of Office
• Central Services
• Researching and Preparing Presentations

Progression: Successful completion may provide access to Business Finance: College Certificate (SCQF Level 5 or Level 6).

Entry Requirements: Application form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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NPA: Bakery

NPA: Bakery

SCQF Level 4

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Bakery at SCQF Level 4 develops practical bakery skills in craft baking, bread making, cake decoration and pastry making. This award is aimed at candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in the bakery or catering industries, but do not necessarily have any prior experience.  This will really suit those who have an interest in TV shows such as the Great British Bake-Off and it is an ideal qualification for S4, S5 and S6 pupils.

The National Progression Award in Bakery consists of four mandatory units; three of the units are at SCQF Level 4 and one at SCQF Level 5. 

The course consists of a mixture of hands-on practical activity and theory and is designed to develop a broad range of basic, relevant practical skills and an understanding of why specific techniques and ingredients are used.

Progression: Successful completion may allow entry to NQ Hospitality - Silver SCQF Level 5. Students may also be able to enter employment as a trainee Baker or Commis Chef.

Entry Requirements: Application form and interview.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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NPA: Construction Craft Technician

NPA: Construction Craft Technician

SCQF Level 4

This course will enable you to develop practical vocational skills and improve employment prospects by developing your knowledge of the construction industry.  It develops knowledge and understanding of a range of construction disciplines as well as technical and transferable skills to support your employment prospects.

The course comprises:

  • Brickwork: An introduction
  • Carpentry and Bench Joinery: An introduction
  • Painting and Decorating: An introduction
  • Understanding Industry
  • Personal Development: Self and Work

Progression: Successful completion will enhance prospects of gaining an apprenticeship and will develop skills and knowledge required within the Construction industry.

Entry Requirements: Application form and interview.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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NPA: Digital Media

NPA: Digital Media

SCQF Level 5

This course allows you to focus on the unique knowledge and skills that are required for capturing and editing sound, image, and video. You will develop technical skills in the creation and editing of digital media but also recognise the importance of planning and design.  During the course you will have the opportunity to follow a development lifecycle from planning through to design, and then on to creation and editing.

There are some written assessments relating to the theory behind Audio, Moving Images and Still Images. The practical element of the NPA requires written detail relating to the planning through to the creation of the portfolio. 

The course comprises:

  • Digital Media: Audio
  • Digital Media: Moving Images
  • Digital Media: Still Images

Progression: Successful completion may provide access to Computing with Digital Media (SCQF Level 5 or Level 6). 

Entry Requirements: Application form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

 

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National 5

Choose from a range of Nat 5s that you can study at the college.

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National 5 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

National 5 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

SCQF Level 5

Bilingual pupils are encouraged to achieve their highest potential level in English qualifications.

ESOL qualifications can be used for entry to college or university. Students who attend the National 5 ESOL course may do so alongside their National 5 English class at school. Some students choose this course in place of English. Successful completion of National 5 ESOL allows progression to the Higher qualification.

The classes cover some of the skills focused on in mainstream English but tend to be less literature based.

A wide variety of topics are covered in class, including sport and fitness, social media and technology, business and topical issues. Language is studied within the context of these subjects and students focus on essay writing skills, how to write a formal email, work reports, understanding and analysing texts and expanding vocabulary.

These skills can be valuable to support study in other subjects at school in addition to providing a qualification which is accepted for college or university entrance.

It is important to note that students who attend ESOL courses at this level are fluent, with an advanced level of English. These courses should not be misunderstood to be aimed at students who are not ‘fluent’.

Progression: Successful completion allows progression to Higher ESOL.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 1.45pm – 4.30pm

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National 5 Psychology

National 5 Psychology

SCQF Level 5

The course comprises of:
• Research
Introduces you to the research process, research methods and ethics used in psychology. Develop knowledge and understanding of factors to consider when planning and carrying out psychological research. You also develop numerical skills and an understanding of psychological terminology.

• Individual Behaviour
This enables you to use psychology to explain individual behaviour. You will explain and use psychological theories, concepts, research evidence and terminology when explaining human behaviour. You also consider the strengths and weaknesses of different theories investigated. You will give a psychological explanation of two topics relating to individual behaviour, including the topic of sleep, dreams and phobias.

• Social Behaviour
This explains how interaction with others shapes social behaviour. You will investigate social psychological topics and use relevant concepts and research evidence to explain how the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of individuals are developed through interaction within the social environment.

You will use psychological knowledge and understanding to explain examples of everyday behaviour - the two topics are conformity and non-verbal communication.

Progression: Successful completion allows Progression to Higher Psychology.

Entry Requirements: Application form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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Highers

Choose from a range of Highers that you can study at the college or online.

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Higher ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Higher ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

SCQF Level 6

Bilingual pupils are encouraged to achieve their highest potential level in English qualifications. Higher ESOL is accepted as a university entry qualification across Scotland (including for studies in Medicine, Law, Engineering and for entry to do a PGCE in Secondary School Teaching).

Students who choose this course normally do so to help them get into college or university, in place of Higher English or alongside their N5/Higher English courses at school.

This Higher ESOL course focuses on developing advanced academic language skills. The classes cover some of the skills focused on in mainstream English but tend to be less literature based.

The content includes: academic presentation skills, essay writing techniques including referencing, understanding and analysing complex texts on a wide variety of topics (such technology, business, health and fitness), writing an internet review and blog, writing a work report, formal letters and expanding vocabulary.

These skills can be valuable to support study in other subjects at school in addition to providing a qualification which is accepted for college or university entrance.

It is important to note that students who attend ESOL courses at this level are fluent, with an advanced level of English. These courses should not be misunderstood to be aimed at students who are not ‘fluent’.

 

Entry Requirements: Application form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.15am – 12.30pm

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Higher Human Biology

Higher Human Biology

SCQF Level 6

This online course enables you to develop and apply knowledge and understanding of human biology, and an understanding of human biology’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of human biology, including their impact on society and the environment.

You will also develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills, as well as scientific analytical thinking skills, including scientific evaluation, in a human biology context.

There will also be collaborate sessions which are online discussions throughout the year, with 4 compulsory face to face sessions for the assignment, prelim and final exam. 

This course is useful if you are interested in going into anatomy, medicine, or nursing at University. The course cannot be taken if you are taking Higher Biology at the same time, due to exams being on the same day and time.

Progression: Successful completion of the Higher may count towards entry requirements for Laboratory Science at SCQF Level 6, HNC and Degree courses.

Entry Requirements: Application form and interview

Day/Time: Online. There will be drop in sessions throughout the year with the Lecturer.

 

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Higher Psychology

Higher Psychology

SCQF Level 6

The course comprises of:
• Research
This unit will give you an understanding of the research process and research methods used in psychology. You will develop the skills required to conduct and evaluate psychological research and also develop numerical skills and an understanding of psychological terminology. A final written research investigation will contribute towards 40% of your final mark.

• Individual Behaviour
This unit will enable you to analyse individual behaviour. You will investigate topics and learn how they can be explained using psychological approaches and theories. The core topic you will study is sleep, dreams, sleep disorders and one additional topic - memory.

• Social Behaviour
This unit will enable you to analyse how interaction with others shapes social behaviour. You will investigate psychological explanations for social behaviour and use research evidence to explain how the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of individuals are influenced by the social environment. The core topic you will study is Conformity and Obedience and one additional topic - Prejudice.

Progression: Successful completion of this qualification at grade C or above would enable progression onto the full time HNC Social Sciences.

Entry Requirements: National 5 Psychology or at least one Higher

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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Higher Sociology

Higher Sociology

SCQF Level 6

The course comprises of:
• Sociology: Human Society
This unit will give you a foundational introduction to sociology, its main theories and its research methods. You will look at the nature versus nurture argument and you will challenge commonly held assumptions of social aspects such as immigration, poverty and disability. This unit will encourage you to develop sociological explanations for aspects of your own society.

• Sociology: Culture and Identity
This unit will apply some of your foundational understanding to two particular aspects of society. You will learn about cultural differences and about the ways that cultures instil their own norms and values. You will also look at the development of cultural identity and assess the social influences on our sense of belonging particularly looking at how different groups in society assert their own identities.

• Sociology: Social Issues
This unit will carry on building on your foundational understanding of sociological theory but focus more on looking at the sociological research that surrounds a particular social issue. This unit will look particularly at the inequalities that are linked to social class and at the health implications of these.

Progression: Successful completion of this qualification at grade C or above would enable progression onto the full time HNC Social Sciences.

Entry Requirements: National 5 English and a social science subject

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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Advanced Highers

Study an Advanced Higher at college.

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Advanced Higher Biology

Advanced Higher Biology

SCQF Level 7

This course is based on the integrative ideas and unifying principles of modern biological science. It covers key aspects of life science at the molecular level and extends to aspects of the biology of whole organisms and their interaction with the environment which is among the major driving forces of evolution.

The course aims to develop a sound theoretical understanding and practical experience of experimental investigative work in biological science and to appreciate the global dimension of life on Earth and the importance of understanding biological issues in society.

The course contains two units:

  • Cells and Proteins
  • Organisms and Evolution

Progression: Successful completion may allow progression onto HNC Applied Sciences, Bioscience and Environmenal Science Degrees.

Entry Requirements: Higher Biology or Higher Human Biology

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-12.15pm

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Advanced Higher Chemistry

Advanced Higher Chemistry

SCQF Level 7

Chemistry, the study of matter and its interactions, plays an increasingly important role in most aspects of modern life. This course allows students to develop a deep understanding of the nature of matter, from its most fundamental level to the macroscopic interactions driving chemical change.

The course is suitable for students who are secure in their attainment of Higher Chemistry or equivalent qualifications. It is designed for students who can respond to a level of challenges, especially those considering further study or a career in chemistry and related disciplines e.g. medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary medicine, engineering, environmental and health sciences.

The course emphasises practical and experiential learning opportunities, with a strong skills-based approach to learning. It takes account of the needs of all students, and provides sufficient flexibility to enable students to achieve in different ways.

The course content includes the following areas of chemistry:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis
  • Researching Chemistry

Progression: Successful completion may allow progression onto HNC Applied Sciences, Bioscience and Environmenal Science degrees.

Entry Requirements: A National 5 in a science subject or at least one Higher

Day: Wednesday

Time: 1pm-4pm

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SCQF Level 6

Study a collection of modules at Level 6.

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Criminology

Criminology

SCQF Level 6

This course is a collection of modules examining different aspects of Criminology.

• Nature and Extent of Crime: looks at who commits crime, broadly adopting a sociological approach.
• Crime Control Strategies: looks at policing, courts, prisons and alternatives to prison.
• Forensic Criminology: takes a scientific look at crime with a focus on the psy chology of crime.

Progression: Successful completion along with National 5 English at grade A may allow progression onto the full time HNC Social Sciences.

Entry Requirements: National 5 English, plus social subject, preferably already completed a Higher

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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Degree Modules

Study a degree level module at SCQF Level 7.

Anatomy & Physiology content

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology

SCQF Level 7

This course will introduce you to the anatomy of the body and you will investigate 10 different body systems and gain knowledge and understanding in the structure and function of for example the heart, lungs, brain and digestive system. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in how the body works and no prior Biology knowledge is needed. The course is totally online and structured so you learn one body system a week. The course will start at the end of January for 12 weeks.

Progression: Successful completion may allow you to access BSC Hons Bioscience or Environmental Science degrees. 

Entry Requirements: Must have a suitable range of Highers or studying towards at least 2 Highers.

Day/Time: Semester 2

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Lab Skills

Lab Skills

SCQF Level 7

This is a practical course which will introduce you to a range of scientific practicals within Biology and Chemistry to a specified standard using safe laboratory practices at degree level and will teach you how to interpret and present your results. This course is particularly suitable to anyone wishing to study any Science HNC or degree as it will prepare you for higher education in a supportive environment. You will learn by way of web based study, video conference sessions, and lab practical work at Moray College UHI. You will also gain skills in integrating with students across other UHI colleges and gain valuable skills in being assessed at SCQF Level 7 by preparing lab reports on scientific topics for each practical.

Progression: Successful completion may allow you to access BSC Hons Bioscience or Environmental Science degrees. 

Entry Requirements: Must have a suitable range of Highers or studying towards at least 2 Highers.

Day/Time: Semester 1

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PDAs

Study a PDA in a subject that you intend to study at College or University or indeed seek employment in.

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PDA in Body Massage

PDA in Body Massage

SCQF Level 7

The course will introduce you to the modality of Body Massage and working with clients. Your work will include practical case study work and gaining underpinning knowledge in relation to Anatomy and Physiology, Health and Safety and Emergency First Aid. A blended methodology of delivery and participation, utilising VLE delivery, participation and summative assessment submission. There will also be closed book written summative assessment within the study time.

Higher National Units studied will be:
• Body Massage Treatments (2HN credits)
• Anatomy and Physiology (2HN credits)
• Complementary Therapies: Health and safety Legislation (1HN Credit)

Emergency one day first aid will also be covered. Completion of this programme will enable the learner to gain Professional Body Membership and Insurance to Practice.

Progression: Completion of this programme would enable the participant to gain insurance to practice and professional body membership eg Association of Reflexologists, Federation of Holistic Therapists, Council of Therapists.

Entry Requirements: Must have a suitable range of Highers or studying towards at least 2 Highers

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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PDA in Business and Finance

PDA in Business and Finance

SCQF Level 7

Marketing: An Introduction
This Unit is designed to provide candidates with a knowledge and understanding of marketing and its importance in organisations. This Unit is also designed to develop candidates’ understanding of the marketing mix in the context of both products and services. This is an introductory unit which can be used by candidates who may wish to progress to more specialised marketing units. On completion of this unit, the candidate should be able to explain the nature of marketing and its importance in organisations and explain marketing decisions for a product based and a service organisation.

Recording Financial Transactions
This unit is designed to enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills required to to provide financial data to a business in order to complete a trial balance, a VAT return and a bank reconciliation. It is primarily intended for learners who wish to develop book-keeping as a skill within an administrative role, or for those considering a career in book-keeping or finance. It is also relevant to learners with appropriate work experience who wish to obtain formal recognition of their book-keeping skills.

Using Financial Accounting Software
This unit is designed to enable candidates to use a commercial accounting software package to process financial transactions and to prepare accounting reports for a small business. This unit is primarily intended for candidates who expect to take up a career or further study in accounting and/or financial administration. It is also relevant for candidates who wish to extend their manual book-keeping skills to those of a computerised accounting system and to those with appropriate.

Digital Marketing Communications: An Introduction
This unit is designed to provide candidates with an introductory understanding of the role of digital media in contemporary marketing communications. The unit explores current techniques and provides the candidate with the opportunity to develop practical skills through the use of a social networking tool. On completion of the unit the candidate should be able to explain the digital landscape and communication tools within marketing communications, explain digital marketing analytical tools and participate in basic social networking 

Progression: Completion of this programme may allow access to HNC Business or HNC Accounting.

Entry Requirements: Must have National 5 Maths.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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PDA in Engineering

PDA in Engineering

SCQF Level 7

Pneumatics and Hydraulics
This unit has been designed to give candidates a knowledge and understanding of the operation and maintenance requirements of pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Candidates will also be provided with an opportunity to design, assemble and test either a pneumatic or hydraulic system and to develop fault finding skills on a practical or simulated fluid power system containing faults.

Thermofluids
This unit is designed to enable candidates to develop the knowledge and understanding required to apply the basic principles of thermofluids to the solution of problems within engineering systems. The unit will also provide the candidate with a base from which future advanced work in Mechanical Engineering may be undertaken.

Engineering Measurement and System Monitoring
This unit has been designed to introduce candidates to the measurement of electrical and mechanical quantities. Candidates will also be provided with opportunities to develop a knowledge and understanding of the principles of operation and applications of a range of electrical and mechanical transducers. They will also have opportunities to learn about typical responses produced by engineering systems subject to step external disturbances and the actions required to be taken to restore normal system operation following a disturbance.

Material Selection
This unit is designed to enable candidates to develop knowledge and understanding of material properties and testing and to apply basic material selection concepts for a range of components. The unit also provides candidates with the opportunity to examine materials and components with the aim of establishing basic properties.

Progression: Completion of this programme may allow access to NC Engineering Systems (SCQF Level 6) or (along with other qualifications) HNC Engineering Systems (SQCF Level 7).

Entry Requirements: Must have National 5 Maths and either National 5 Science or Engineering Science

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

 

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PDA in Modern Biological Technologies

PDA in Modern Biological Technologies

SCQF Level 7

Modern Technology Practicals
Gain experience in Microbiology, Cell Biology and Biotechnology. Learn about a variety of current up to date techniques in a modern laboratory environment and gain valuable practical skills that will help support you, especially if you are considering applying to university or into employment and discover what are the ethics behind current Biotechnologies. Set yourself apart from other Science applicants with a head start in key practicals in a university laboratory.

Progression: Completion of this programme may allow access HNC Applied Sciences (SQCF Level 7).

Entry Requirements: Must have a National 5 in a Science subject

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

Applications closed

 

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PDA in Politics

PDA in Politics

SCQF Level 7

Politics A (S1)
This unit is designed to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of political concepts and theories of the state relevant to the relationship between the state and the individual. The unit will develop the learner’s ability to explain different political concepts and theories of the state in a critical way, and evaluate and apply these concepts to theories of the state. It is intended for learners who have a general interest in politics as well as those who would use it as the theoretical basis for further study.

Politics B (S2)
This unit is designed to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the UK and Scottish systems of government. Learners will study the nature of the UK constitution and decision-making processes, forces that impact on the constitution and decision-making processes, the roles and functions of the UK and Scottish Parliaments and Executives, parties and pressure groups, and the key electoral systems operating within this context. 

Learners will also study concepts which relate to Scotland’s constitutional position within the United Kingdom. This unit is intended for those learners who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of politics and for those who wish to use it as a basis for further study.

Progression: Completion of this programme may allow access HNC Social Sciences (SCQF Level 7) 

Entry Requirements: One Higher

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

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PDA in Psychology

PDA in Psychology

SCQF Level 7

Psychology A (S1)
This unit is designed to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the historical development of Psychology. The unit will examine four schools of thought in Psychology, explaining how each developed, as well as the key features that differentiate one from another. It will also develop evaluation skills as learners will evaluate each school. It is intended for learners who have a general interest in Psychology as well as those who would use it as the basis for further study.

Psychology B (S2) (must complete S1 to progress to S2)
This unit is designed to enable learners to analyse theory related to specific topics in Psychology. Learners will also conduct research into a psychological topic. This unit is intended for those learners who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of psychological topics and for those who wish to use it as a basis for further study.

Progression: Completion of this programme may allow access HNC Social Sciences (SCQF Level 7).

Entry Requirements: One Higher.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

 

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PDA in Reflexology

PDA in Reflexology

SCQF Level 7

The course will introduce you to the modality of Reflexology and working with clients. Your work will include practical case study work and gaining underpinning knowledge in relation to Anatomy and Physiology, Health and safety and Emergency First Aid. A blended methodology of delivery and participation, utilising VLE delivery, participation and summative assessment submission. There will also be closed book written summative assessment within the study time.

Higher National Units studied will be:

• Reflexology (2HN credits)
• Anatomy and Physiology (2HN credits)
• Complementary Therapies: Health and safety Legislation (1HN Credit)

Emergency one day first aid will also be covered. Completion of this programme will enable the learner to gain Professional Body Membership and Insurance to Practice.

Progression: Completion of this programme would enable the participant to gain insurance to practice and professional body membership eg Association of Reflexologies, Federation of Holistic Therapists, Council of Therapists.

Entry Requirements: Must have a suitable range of Highers or studying towards at least 2 Highers

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

Applications closed

 

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PDA in Sociology

PDA in Sociology

SCQF Level 7

Sociology A (S1)
This unit is designed to develop candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the discipline of sociology. The unit will explore the historical and intellectual foundations of sociology and the key features of the sociological imagination. Macro and micro models of society are explained and analytical skills are developed through the application of key sociological concepts and theories to examples that demonstrate the way sociologists understand the relationship between the individual and society.

Sociology B (S2) (must complete S1 to progress to S2)
This unit builds upon learners’ knowledge and understanding of sociological thinking, perspectives, concepts and theories. The unit will enable learners to analyse and evaluate sociological theories and apply this information to a selected range of sociological topics. This unit is intended for learners who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of sociology and for those who wish to use it as the basis for further study.

Progression: Completion of this programme may allow access HNC Social Sciences (SCQF Level 7).

Entry Requirements: One Higher

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-2.15pm

 

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Work-based learning opportunities for young people at school.

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Foundation Apprenticeship Business Skills

Foundation Apprenticeship Business Skills

An FA Business Skills helps you discover what a career in business would be like, and if it’s right for you - while you’re still at school. You’ll try different business administration roles, shadow experienced staff, or do a special project. You’ll build the practical skills and experience you need to do the job well.

NPA in Business Skills
Units include:

  • Understanding Business
  • Management of People and Finance
  • PC Passport: Working with IT Software - Word Processing and Presenting Information
  • PC Passport: Working with IT Software - Spreadsheet and Database
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Work Placement

The work placement component will provide you with the opportunity to have significant input to a long term engagement with a business issue, this may include tasks such as:

  • producing business documents
  • contributing to the organisation of events

Qualification Gained:
On successful completion you will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Business Services at SCQF Level 6, which includes: 

  • Four units from the SVQ in Business and Administration at SCQF Level 6
  • A unit in Contemporary Business Issues at SCQF Level 6 
  • A National Progression Award in Business with Information Technology at SCQF Level 6
  • A Work Placement Unit at SCQF Level 6

Progression: The Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills will have achieved a large proportion of the requirements for a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration SVQ3 and be able to fast-track, or will allow access to HNC Business, HNC Accounting or HNC Administration and Information Technology or BA (Hons) Business Management.

Entry Requirements: Must have achieved or be working towards National 5 English.

Can be undertaken over one or two years. Applicants wishing to study in one year must have 1 free day plus additional 6 hours for placement each week.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-4pm

Benefits:

  • Achieve the foundation apprenticeship while still at school
  • Gain a qualification recognised by employers
  • Visit local employers throughout the course
  • Substantial work experience
  • Opportunities to be seen by an employer
  • Experience to boost your CV or application for college, university or a job
  • Step into an exciting and growing industry that needs skilled people
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Foundation Apprenticeship Creative & Digital Media

Foundation Apprenticeship Creative & Digital Media

An FA in Creative and Digital Media helps you discover what a career in the creative industries would be like, and if its right for you – while you’re still at school. You’ll try out creative roles, shadow experienced professionals, or do a special project. You’ll build the practical skills and experience you need to do the job well.

You will complete the following units at college along with a work placement:

  • An Introduction to Creative Industries in Scotland
  • Understanding a Creative Client Brief
  • Understanding the Creative Media Process
  • Storytelling for the Creative Industries

You will also start work experience and take part in employer visits.

You will complete a work placement where you will develop work-ready skills and complete the following units:

  • Work effectively with others in the Creative Industries
  • Ensure Your Own Actions Reduce Risks to Health and Safety
  • Communicating Digital Marketing/Sales Channels
  • Digital and Social Media in Marketing Campaigns
  • A media project for the industry

Candidates will carry out up to 220 hours work experience and 120 hours on the media project.

Qualification Gained:
On successful completion you will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF Level 6, which includes:

  • A National Progression Award in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF Level 6
  • Four work-based units from the Diploma in Creative Digital Media at SCQF Level 7
  • A media project unit at SCQF Level 6

Progression: Successful completion provides access to Modern Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media,  HND Visual Communication or BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design.

Entry Requirements: You must have achieved or be working towards National 5 English. IT skills would be beneficial.

Can be undertaken over one or two years. Applicants wishing to study in one year must have 1 free day plus additional 6 hours for work placement each week.

Days: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-4pm

Benefits:

  • Achieve the foundation apprenticeship while still at school
  • Gain a qualification recognised by employers
  • Visit local employers throughout the course
  • Substantial work experience
  • Opportunities to be seen by an employer
  • Experience to boost your CV or application for college, university or a job
  • Step into an exciting and growing industry that needs skilled people

 

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Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services – Children and Young People

Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services – Children and Young People

An FA Social Services - Children and Young People helps you discover what a career working with young people would be like, and it it’s right for you - while you’re still at school. You’ll try different job roles, shadow experienced staff, or do a special project. You’ll build the practical skills and experience you need to do the job well.

NPA in Social Services - Children and Young People

You will attend college one day per week to develop your understanding of the values and principles that underpin childcare before applying to practice whilst on work placement. The course structure will develop the skills of investigating, analysing, evaluating and presenting information, as well as developing knowledge and understanding.

SVQ in Social Services - Children and Young People

You will undertake a work experience placement in a relevant play work and childcare setting with the local authority, or private sector employer. In addition to the completion of the mandatory SVQ units you will gain employability skills of timekeeping, attendance, team working, communication and demonstrating value based practice.

Vocational skills will be developed, demonstrated and competence will be assessed whilst on work placement through the achievement of the SVQ units within the framework. You will develop further care and employability skills whilst on work placement to enable you to generate the necessary evidence required for the SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6 (part of).

Qualification Gained:
You will be assessed throughout your FA Social Services - Children and Young People.  On successful completion you will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Social Services - Children and Young People at SCQF Level 6, which includes: 

  • Four units from the SVQ in Social Services - Children and Young People at SCQF Level 6 
  • A National Progression Award in Social Services - Children and Young People at SCQF Level 6

Progression: Successful completion allow access onto Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People), SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF Level 6/7 or HNC Childhood Practice.

Entry Requirements: Must be working towards National 5 English.

The Foundation Apprenticeship is open to candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6.

Can be undertaken over one or two years. Applicants wishing to study in one year must have 1.5 free days in their timetable each week.

You will be required to undergo a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check as you will be working with vulnerable individuals.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-4pm

Benefits:

  • Achieve the foundation apprenticeship while still at school
  • Gain a qualification recognised by employers
  • Visit local employers throughout the course
  • Substantial work experience
  • Opportunities to be seen by an employer
  • Experience to boost your CV or application for college, university or a job
  • Step into an exciting and growing industry that needs skilled people
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Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services & Healthcare

Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services & Healthcare

An FA Social Services and Healthcare helps you discover what a career in care would be like, and if it’s right for you - while you’re still at school. You’ll try different job roles, shadow experienced staff, or do a special project. You’ll build the practical skills and experience you need to do the job well.

NPA in Social Services and Healthcare
You will attend college one day per week to develop your understanding of the values and principles that underpin Social Services and Healthcare before applying to practice whilst on work placement. The course structure will develop your skills of investigating, analysing, evaluating and presenting information, as well as developing knowledge and understanding.

SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare
You will undertake a work placement in a relevant health or social care setting with the local authority, or private sector employer. In addition to the completion of (part of) the SVQ, you will gain employability skills of timekeeping, attendance, team working, communication and demonstrating value based practice.

Vocational skills will be developed, demonstrated and competence will be assessed whilst on work placement through the achievement of the SVQ units. You will also have the opportunity to relate all of your theoretical knowledge gained into practice and develop reflective practice skills as part of this process. You will carry out up to 370 hours work experience.

Qualifications Gained:
On successful completion you will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6, which includes: 

  • Four units from the SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6
  • A National Progression Award in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6

Progession: Successful completion provides access to  Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services & Healthcare,  SVQ Social Services & Healthcare SCQF Level 6/7 or HNC Social Services.

Entry Requirements: You must be working towards National 5 English. The Foundation Apprenticeship is open to candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6. 

Can be undertaken over one or two years. Applicants wishing to study in one year must have 1 free day plus additional 6 hours for placement each week. 

Candidates will be required to undergo a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check as they are working with vulnerable individuals.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-4pm

Benefits:

  • Achieve the foundation apprenticeship while still at school
  • Gain a qualification recognised by employers
  • Visit local employers throughout the course
  • Substantial work experience
  • Opportunities to be seen by an employer
  • Experience to boost your CV or application for college, university or a job
  • Step into an exciting and growing industry that needs skilled people
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Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering

Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering

This FA will introduce the skills necessary for the modern professional Engineering Technician and provide an insight to the many career options available. You will spend time learning at college and with an employer.

This FA will introduce the skills necessary for the modern professional Engineering Technician and provide an insight to the many career options available. You will spend time learning at college and with an employer. 

The topics you learn as part of your National Certificate include:

  • Mathematics for Technicians
  • Engineering: Applying IT
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Systems
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical Principles
  • CAD for Engineers

To achieve your SVQ units you will be assessed as part of your work placement. You will learn how to:

  • Comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Use and interpret engineering data and documentation
  • Work efficiently and effectively in engineering

Qualification Gained: 
You will gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering, which includes:

  • A National Certificate (NC) in an Engineering Discipline at SCQF Level 6, for example: Engineering Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  • Five units of an SVQ in Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF Level 5
  • Work-related experience/industry challenge

Progression: Successful completion provides access to Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering, HNC/D Engineering or Graduate Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements: Must have National 5 Maths.

To be undertaken over two years. This Foundation Apprenticeship is open to all learners who are able to evidence both a genuine interest in work-based learning for this subject area and who are ready to work at SCQF Level 6.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-4pm

Benefits:

  • Achieve the foundation apprenticeship while still at school
  • Gain a qualification recognised by employers
  • Visit local employers throughout the course
  • Substantial work experience
  • Opportunities to be seen by an employer
  • Experience to boost your CV or application for college, university or a job
  • Step into an exciting and growing industry that needs skilled people

 

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Foundation Apprenticeship Food & Drink Technologies

Foundation Apprenticeship Food & Drink Technologies

An FA in Food and Drink Operations gives you the chance to learn about the principles of food science and food safety, from developing marketable food products for today’s consumer, to the care, legislation and processes involved in creating those products. You’ll learn in a hands-on way, both in a classroom and as part of a placement in a real workplace.

Over the year you will be working with an Employer undertaking the NPA in Food & Drink Manufacture.

Units include:

  • Food Manufacturing: Fundamentals of Food Science
  • Food Manufacturing: Food Production
  • Food Manufacturing: Commercial and Social Drivers 
  • Food Manufacturing: Sustainability 
  • REHIS Food Hygiene: Elementary
  • REHIS Elementary Health and Safety Certificate

You will also start work experience and take part in employer visits.

SVQ units:

  • Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues 
  • Interpret and Communicate Information and Data in Food and Drink Operations
  • Contribute to Continuous Improvement of Food Safety in Manufacture 
  • Develop a New Product in a Food Business
  • Promote and Support Creative Thinking in a Food Business 

You will carry out up to 270 hours work experience.

Qualification Gained:
You will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technologies, which includes:

  • National Progression Award in Food Manufacture at SCQF Level 6
  • Five units of the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF Level 6

Progession: Successful completion provides access to Modern Apprenticeship Food and Drink Operations, HNC/HND in Food Science and Technology or BA (Hons) Food Science and Business Events Management Degree.

 

Entry Requirements: You must have achieved or be working towards National English. 

The Foundation Apprenticeship is open to candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6. Candidates must have or working towards at least 3 National 5 qualifications and your guidance tutor should think you are also capable of working at Level 6 (Higher) over S5 and S6.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30am-4pm plus additional hours working around employer and school timetable. 

Benefits:

  • Achieve the foundation apprenticeship while still at school
  • Gain a qualification recognised by employers
  • Visit local employers throughout the course
  • Substantial work experience
  • Opportunities to be seen by an employer
  • Experience to boost your CV or application for college, university or a job
  • Step into an exciting and growing industry that needs skilled people