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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: Introduction (SCQF Level 5)
  • NC Computing with Digital Media (SCQF Level 6)

Entry Requirements
Application form and Interview.

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

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NPA: Cyber Security

NPA: Cyber Security

SCQF Level 5

This course introduces you to the fundamental knowledge and skills required in cyber security. The focus on this NPA stems from the recognition that cyber security is essential for the success of the virtual economy, education and community.

The qualification is about making the online environment safer; both for you, as an individual and the wider community. Cyber Security is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorised access.

There are some written assessments which include report writing, presentation and multiple choice, and a practical component incorporated where required.

The course comprises:

  • Data Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking

Progression
Successful completion may provide access to

  • Computing with Digital Media: Introduction (SCQF Level 5)
  • NC Computing with Digital Media (SCQF Level 6)

There is also an opportunity to progress to the National 5 Computing Science if you have the necessary qualifications.

Entry Requirements
Application form and Interview.

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

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PDA in Business and Finance

PDA in Business and Finance

SCQF Level 7

The course comprises:

Marketing: An Introduction (Level 7) F7BX 34
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 work experience who wish to formalise their skills.

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/Time
Wednesday 9am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus


 

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Care and Health

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Skills for Work: Early Education & Childcare (SCQF Level 4)

Skills for Work: Early Education & Childcare (SCQF Level 4)

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

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 Playwork and Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 5)

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

Entry Requirements
Must be studying or preparing to study at National 4 in 3 subjects including English.

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

 
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Skills for Work: Early Education & Childcare (SCQF Level 5)

Skills for Work: Early Education & Childcare (SCQF Level 5)

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

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 Playwork and Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 5)

Along with other qualifications you gain from school you can apply to 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/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

 
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Construction and Engineering

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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/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Technology Centre


 

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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 Ligth Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (SCQF Level 5).

Entry Requirements
Application form and interview

Day/Time

Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Technology Centre

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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 NC Engineering Systems (SCQF Level 6).

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

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Technology Centre

 

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PDA in Engineering

PDA in Engineering

SCQF Level 7

The course comprises:

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/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm and Friday 2pm - 4pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Technology Centre

 

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Creative Arts

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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 and Aesthetic Therapies (SCQF Level 5).

Entry Requirements
Application form and Interview

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

 

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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 - Introduction to Foundation (SCQF Level 4).

Entry Requirements
Application form and Interview

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus
 

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NPA Acting and Performance

NPA Acting and Performance

SCQF Level 6

This course offers different things to different people. It is the course for you if you are either already involved in youth theatre or always wanted the opportunity to perform. It is the course for you if you are interested in a career in the performing arts and want to get started on the progression pathway. It is also the course for you if you are keen to build your confidence and communication skills to prepare you for your next steps after leaving school.

You will spend most of your time on this course preparing for and working towards a performance in front of a live audience. This means working creatively with text and developing skills in voice, movement, acting and stagecraft. You will learn to work cooperatively in teams, to respond to direction and, in so doing, also develop self-awareness and a professional attitude.

The course comprises:

Theatre Skills in Performance
You will study the roles of the director and actor and be introduced to stagecraft. Your knowledge will be assessed by restricted response. You will then apply the skills and knowledge in a production in front of an audience. You will then evaluate the process.

Professional Theatre in Context
You will investigate two styles/genres of professional theatre and investigate the elements within them. You will explore the role of the theatre production team in creating a production i.e. Director, producer etc. You will evaluate the effectiveness of two contrasting professional theatrical productions.

Progression
Successful completion provides access to the University of the Arts London Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts or HNC Acting and Performance.

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

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.15am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus and/or Out of The Darkness Theatre Company

 

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Education and Sciences

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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
  • 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
  • understanding and use of a visual and spatial language modality (ie, sign linguistics)
  • knowledge of specific historical events that have shaped the development of British Sign Language
  • 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 further British Sign Language courses.

Entry Requirements
Application form and interview

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus
 

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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.

Progression
Successful completion allows progression to Higher ESOL

Entry Requirements
Application form and Interview

Day/Time
Wednesday 1.45pm - 4.30pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus
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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.

Entry Requirements
Application form and Interview

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.15am - 12.30pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus
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Higher Human Biology

Higher Human Biology

SCQF Level 6

This 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 Webex sessions which are online discussions throughout the year, with 4 compulsory face to face sessions for the assignment, prelim and final exam.

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 with fortnightly drop-in sessions in the laboratories

Duration
One year

Location
Online
 

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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 Environmental Science Degrees.

Entry Requirements
Higher Biology or Higher Human Biology

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 12.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

 

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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 challenge, 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 Environmental Science Degrees.

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

Day/Time
Wednesday 1pm - 4pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

 

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PDA in Modern Science Technology

PDA in Modern Science Technology

SCQF Level 7

This course allows students to 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
Successful completion may allow access HNC Applied Sciences (SCQF Level 7).

Entry Requirements
Must have a National 5 in a science subject

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus


 

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Lab Skills

Lab Skills

(Degree Module) 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 access HNC Applied Sciences (SCQF Level 7).

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

Day/Time
Semester 1 - blended learning

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

 

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Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology

(Degree Module) 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 - anytime, anywhere

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus


 

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Hospitality

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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 will include:

  • Table service and customer service
  • Basic food preparation and 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.

Entry Requirements
Application form and interview

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus
 
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NPA: Bakery

NPA: Bakery

SCQF Level 4

This course 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/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

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ICDL

Study the international qualification accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (previously ECDL).

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ICDL International Certificate of Digital Literacy

ICDL International Certificate of Digital Literacy

SCQF Level 5, BCS Certificate

ICDL for School Pupils

The ICDL (previously ECDL) is the international 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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Social Sciences

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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 your knowledge and understanding of factors to consider when planning and carrying out psychological research. You will 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
National 4 English plus interview and personal statement

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm  

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus
 
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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/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus
 
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Criminology

Criminology

SCQF Level 6 Please note that this course is not a Higher.

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 psychology of crime.

Crime Scenes (SCQF Level 5)
Helps students explore the reality of criminal activities.

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/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

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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

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

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PDA in Psychology

PDA in Psychology

SCQF Level 7


PDA Psychology

SCQF Level 7

The course comprises:

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
A National 5 in a social subject or at least one Higher

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

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PDA in Sociology

PDA in Sociology

SCQF Level 7

The course comprises:

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
A National 5 in a social subject or at least one Higher

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

 

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PDA in Politics

PDA in Politics

SCQF Level 7

The course comprises:

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
A National 5 in a social subject or at least one Higher

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus

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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 uniformed services industry (police, army, ambulance services, etc.)

The course comprises:

  • Employability skills with uniformed 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 6).

Entry Requirements
Application form and interview

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus
 
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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
Successful completion, along with other qualifications you gain from school, you can apply to Sport and Fitness: College Certificate (SCQF Level 6).

Entry Requirements
Application form and Interview

Day/Time
Wednesday 9.30am - 2.15pm

Duration
One year

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street campus
 
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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 (SCQF Level 6) 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.

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

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

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

Day
Wednesday

Time
9.30am - 4pm
(may require additional hours for placement)

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street Campus

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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 approx. 220 hours work experience and approx. 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 (within UHI).

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

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

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

Day
Wednesday

Time
9.30am - 4pm
(may require additional hours for placement)

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street Campus

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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.

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

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.

Duration
Two years

Day
Year 1: Wednesday
Year 2: Wednesday and Friday

Time
Year 1: 9.30am - 4pm
Year 2: 9.30am - 4pm (Wednesday) and 2pm - 4pm (Friday)

Location
Moray College UHI Technology Centre

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Foundation Apprenticeship Food & Drink Technologies

Foundation Apprenticeship Food & Drink Technologies

An FA in Food & Drink Technologies 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 approx. 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.

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

 

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/Time/Location
Onsite at employer's premises

 

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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.

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

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.

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

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

Day
Wednesday

Time
9.30am - 4pm
(may require additional hours for placement)

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street Campus

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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 approx. 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.

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

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.

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

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

Day
Wednesday

Time
9.30am - 4pm
(may require additional hours for placement)

Location
Moray College UHI Moray Street Campus