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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: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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Skills for Work: Construction

Skills for Work: Construction

SCQF Level 5

This course will enable you to develop practical vocational skills and improve employment prospects by developing a range of employability skills.

The course comprises:
• One Brick Walling
• Construction Crafts Employability Skills
• Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery
• Plumbing of Sanitary Appliances
• Decorative Painting Techniques

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

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

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Skills for Work: Early Education & Childcare

Skills for Work: Early Education & Childcare

SCQF Level 4/5

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: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm and Friday 11.30-1.10pm
 
 
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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, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

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Skills for Work: Rural Skills

Skills for Work: Rural Skills

SCQF Level 4

This 5 unit course aims to develop basic practical skills in the land-based sector (including farms, crofts, town parks) and explore the very diverse employment prospects that exist in the land-based industry sector.

You will look at how estates are maintained and you will develop manual dexterity skills by using a range of tools and equipment.

There will be practical tasks in soft landscaping within a horticulture landscape environment and you will learn how to prepare and grow your own plants within the working college gardens and grounds.

The course comprises:
• Estate Maintenance
• Land Based Industries: An Introduction
• Employability Skills For Land-Based Industries
• Crop Production: An Introduction
• Soft Landscaping: An Introduction

Progression:
Successful completion allows entry to Horticulture (Practical): College Certificate (SQCF Level 5).

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

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Skills for Work: Uniformed Services

Skills for Work: Uniformed 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 5 or Level 6).

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday, 9.30-2.15pm

Applications closed

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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

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, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

Applications closed

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Introduction to Complementary Therapies

Introduction to Complementary Therapies

SCQF Level 5

The complementary therapy school programme introduces key aspects of complementary therapies such as body massage, nutrition and human anatomy, while also looking at causes of stress and anxiety in young people. The effects of social media on young people is examined and methods of creating a social media balance in day to day life is looked at. Learners will be introduced to the benefits of mindfulness and how complementary therapies can be used to reduce stress and anxiety and improve wellbeing.

The course comprises of the following units:
• Health Body
• Healthy Mind
• Body Systems and Massage Techniques
• Professional Working Skills

Progression:
Successful completion allows progression onto Moray College Access to Integrative Healthcare.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing

SCQF Level 4/5

This course will look at the causes of mental health issues, the factors which influence mental health and wellbeing and also coping strategies to deal with mental health and how to build resilience.

This is a fairly practical course which builds resilience and challenges stigma and myths around mental ill health and also explores the impact of social media and the internet on mental health.


The course comprises of 3 units:
• Understanding Mental Health Issues
• Influences on Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Coping Strategies and Building Resilience

Progression:
Successful completion may provide access to Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Health Care in S5 and/or NQ Pathway to Health & Social Care SCQF Level 5.

Along with other qualifications you gain from school you can apply to NC Health and Social Care SCQF Level 6.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

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Pathway to Hospitality

Pathway to Hospitality

SCQF Level 5

This course 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 Professional Cookery, Food & Beverage Service and also Events.

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 units in both theory and practical sessions and will be able to spend time working in 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
• Hot and Cold Drinks Service
• Basic Food Preparation and Professional Cookery
• Teamwork
• Event Organisation
• Customer Service
• Food Theory

Progression:
Successful completion may allow entry to City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Professional Cookery and Professional Food and Beverage Service.

Students may also enter employment as a Kitchen porter/commis chef or waiter/ess.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm 

Applications closed

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Physical Activities - Developing Leadership

Physical Activities - 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 will consider entry onto SCQF Level 5 & Level 6 Sport and Fitness Programmes along with other qualifications gained.

NGB qualifications gained allow direct access to working as an Assistant Coach or Coach within the Sports Industry.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday, 9.30-2.15pm
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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.

There is no group award made but participants have the opportunity to be credited with the following unit qualifications that also form part of a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering framework.


• Metal Removal Practice: Turning. (F5WC11)
  The use of centres lathes to manufacture metal objects.
• Metal Active Gas / Metal Inert Gas Welding Skills (F5F712)
   Arc welding skills with mild steel.
• Practical Electronics (F5JJ11)
  Assembly of electronic circuit boards.
• Electronic Test Equipment and Measurement (F5DC11)
  The use of electrical and electronic test and measurement equipment.

You will therefore gain a better understanding of the wide variety of Engineering subject areas you could progress or gain employment in and at the same time you will also gain valuable practical skills in each area.

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 with other grades achieved at school.

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

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

Applications closed

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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 general aim of the National Progression Award in Administration: Office Skills and Services (level 5) is to provide candidates with knowledge and skills required within an office environment and to certificate same. As a result it is hoped that candidates would then be able to either progress in education, find suitable employment or progress within current employment.

Units covered:
• 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:
Must be working towards National 5 English.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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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 includes; 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 NC Computing with Digital Media (SCQF Level 5 or Level 6).

There is also an opportunity to progress to the NAT5 Computing Science if you have the necessary qualifications.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

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NPA: Professional Computer Fundamentals

NPA: Professional Computer Fundamentals

SCQF Level 6

This course is designed to enable you to acquire and develop knowledge, understanding and skills for networking, securing and administering computer systems.

Technology plays a role in virtually every business around the world. Possessing the fundamental knowledge of how technology works and understanding its impact on today’s academic and workplace environment is increasingly important, particularly if you are interested in exploring professions involving computing and information technology.

The Units at SCQF Level 6 are split between theory and practical with a range of assessment approaches which will include: logbooks, evidence of practical work, reports, short response questions and a project.

The course comprises:
• computer networks, including network hardware and network service and protocols
• security, including security layers, operating system security, network security and security software
• server concepts including server installation, server roles user and computer management
• server storage solutions, server performance and maintenance

Progression:
Successful completion of this NPA can lead to further study across a range of vocational areas which includes: Computing, Multimedia and Information Technology.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

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NPA: Web Design Fundamentals

NPA: Web Design Fundamentals

SCQF Level 5

This course introduces you to the fundamental knowledge and skills required in modern web design.

Gaining knowledge and understanding of key technical and design issues in developing websites, including design principles, copyright law and technical standards.

You will also gain practical skills in a range of software applications used in the development of websites, including graphics packages, web authoring tools and animation software.

The NPA Web Design focuses on three important areas of web design and development: HTML and CSS coding, graphics, and client-side scripting.

The award is developed as a springboard for future web designers and developers and includes; designing website layouts, constructing web pages, developing animations and interactive media, and conducting evaluations of completed work.

There are some written assessments, mostly relating to the design and testing of a website, and one formal written assessment conducted under closed-book conditions.

The course comprises:
• Website Graphics
• Web Design and Development
• Interactive Multimedia

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

There is also an opportunity to progress to the PDA Website Design (SCQF Level 7) if you have the necessary qualifications.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

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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 Computing Science

National 5 Computing Science

SCQF Level 5

This course is designed to help you understand computational processes and thinking. The course highlights how computing professionals are problem-solvers and designers, and the far reaching impact of information technology on our environment and society.

The course comprises of:
• Software Design and Development
• Computer Systems
• Database Design and Development
• Web Design and Development

The general aims of the course are to enable you to:
• apply computational thinking skills across a range of contemporary contexts.
• apply knowledge and understanding of key concepts and processes in computing science.
• apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation, testing and evaluation to a range of digital solutions.
• communicate computing concepts and explain computational behaviour clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology.
• develop an understanding of the role and impact of computing science in changing and influencing our environment and society.

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

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

Entry Requirements:
Achieved National 4 English plus science and/or maths subject or be working towards National 5 English and a science and/or maths subject.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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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, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm (video conference) and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

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National 5 Sociology

National 5 Sociology

SCQF Level 5

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 be encouraged to describe how theory can help us explain aspects of society such as poverty or disability. You will also look at research methods and understand how carrying out research helps us in our explanations of these issues.

• Sociology: Culture and Identity
This unit will apply some of your foundational understanding to particular aspects of society. You will describe cultural differences and the ways that culture teaches us what is important and acceptable. You will look at the development of cultural identity and the influence of society has on that identity, for example “what does it mean to be Scottish?”. You will also describe different types of culture and subculture and their norms and values.

• 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. Helping you explain social inequalities by looking at how particular groups in society are treated and perceived e.g. the disabled, the working class or the LGBT community.

Progression:
Successful completion allows you progress to Higher Sociology.

Entry Requirements: Application Form and interview

Day: Wednesday, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm (video conference) and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

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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 Computing Science

Higher Computing Science

SCQF Level 6

The course is made up of two units:
• Software Design and Development (Higher)
The general aim of this Unit is to develop knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts and practical problemsolving skills in software design and development through appropriate software development environments. You will develop programming and computational thinking skills by designing, implementing, testing and evaluating practical solutions and explaining how these programs work. They will also develop an understanding of computer architecture and the concepts that underpin how programs work. Through investigative work, you will gain an awareness of the impact of contemporary computing technologies.

• Information System Design and Development (Higher)
The general aim of this Unit is to develop knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts and practical problemsolving skills in information system design and development through a range of practical and investigative tasks. You will apply computational thinking skills to implement practical solutions using a range of development tools and to develop an understanding the technical, legal, environmental, economic and social issues related to one or more information systems.

The aims of the Course are to enable you to:
• develop and apply aspects of computational thinking in a range of contemporary contexts
• extend and apply knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts and processes in computing science
• apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and evaluation to a range of digital solutions with some complex aspects
• communicate advanced computing concepts and explain computational behaviour clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology
• develop awareness of current trends in computing technologies and their impact in transformation and influencing our environment and society

Progression:
Successful completion may provide access to NC Computing with Digital Media (SCQF Level 6) or HNC Computing/HNC Digital Design and Web Development if you have the necessary qualifications.

Entry Requirements: Achieved National 5 English plus science and/or maths subject or be working towards Higher English and a science and/or maths subject.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

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Higher Graphic Communication

Higher Graphic Communication

SCQF Level 6

The course develops skills in two main areas - 2D and 3D & pictorial graphic communication.

You will apply these skills to produce graphics with visual impact that communicate information effectively.

You will:
• initiate, plan, develop and communicate ideas graphically
• develop a number of skills and attributes including spatial awareness, visual literacy, and the ability to interpret given drawings, diagrams and other graphics
• develop creativity and presentation skills within a graphic communication context
• develop skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, graphic materials and software
• develop creativity in the production of graphic communications to produce visual impact in meeting a specified purpose
• develop skills in evaluating the effectiveness of graphics in communicating and meeting their purpose
• develop an understanding of graphic communication standards, protocols and conventions, where these apply
• develop an understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society

Progression:
Successful completion of this qualification at grade C or above would enable progression onto the full time University of the Arts London Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design or HNC Computer Aided Draughting and Design.

Entry Requirements: National 5 Graphic Communication or equivalent technical/computing subject.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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Higher Human Biology

Higher Human Biology

SCQF Level 6 (online)

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 2 compulsory face to face sessions for the assignment and then another for the final year 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.

You will be required to attend a tutorial one evening a month at Moray College UHI, to do experiments, assessments or tutorial sessions.

Progression:

Successful completion allows direct entry to HNC Applied Sciences.

Entry Requirements: A National 5 subject or equivalent.

Day: Online

 

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Higher Photography

Higher Photography

SCQF Level 6

The course has an integrated approach to learning. It combines practical learning activities that are underpinned by knowledge and understanding of photography.

Candidates learn how to plan and carry out practical photographic work. They investigate selected photographers’ work and practice and explain how external influences impact on these. They use this understanding of photographers and their work when developing their own personal approaches to photography. They learn and apply a range of image-making techniques. Candidates develop their creative problem-solving skills as they resolve visual and technical problems. They also reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of their practice and the qualities of their photographic work.

The aims of the course are for candidates to:
• communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas using photography
• develop technical and creative skills through using photographic media, techniques and processes
• develop knowledge and understanding of a range of photographic practices
• develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice
• develop an understanding of the impact of social, cultural, historical, and scientific influences on photographers’ work and practice
• become critically self-reflective autonomous learners

Progression:
Successful completion of this qualification at grade C or above would enable Progression onto the full time University of the Arts London Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design.

Entry Requirements: National 5 Art & Design or equivalent.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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Higher Politics

Higher Politics

SCQF Level 6

The course comprises of:
• Politics: Political Theory
This unit will give you an introduction to politics and its theoretical base. You will look at political concepts such as power and authority, you will study some of the key ideologies for example liberalism and nationalism, and you will develop research skills in order to find the evidence of these concepts in reality. You will be encouraged to look deeper at political ideas and concepts and ask questions such as ‘what does it mean to
be democratic?’ or ‘what does it mean to be right/left wing?’

• Politics: Political Systems
This unit will introduce you to a number of different political systems including the Parliamentary and the federal systems amongst others. You will develop your understanding of these systems through research and will look at where they have come from in terms of written and unwritten constitutions. You will compare different systems and evaluate their individual effectiveness.

• Politics: Political Parties and Elections
This unit will introduce you to political parties and electoral data. You will look in more depth at the ideologies of our current parties and will analyse how these ideas influence their performance at election time. You will also evaluate the impact of other factors on voting behaviours e.g. gender, social class, age and geography. You will learn how to analyse election data and draw conclusions about political and social expectations.

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 plus Social Subject.

Day: Wednesday, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

 

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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 subject.

Day: Wednesday, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm (video conference) and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

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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, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm (video conference) and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

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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: 9.30-12.15pm

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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 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 Environmenal Science Degrees.

Entry Requirements: Higher Chemistry.

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, 9.30-2.15pm or Tuesday, 2pm-3.40pm (video conference) and Friday 11.30-1.10pm

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PDAs/Higher National Units

Study a cluster of HN units in a subject that you intend to study at College or University or indeed seek employment in.

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HN Cluster in Body Massage

HN Cluster 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: 9.30-2.15pm

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HN Cluster in Business and Finance

HN Cluster 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. To develop candidates’ understanding of the marketing mix in the context of both products and services. An introductory Unit which can be used by candidates who may wish to progress to more specialised marketing units.

Recording Financial Transactions
This unit is designed to enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills required 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 bookkeeping as a skill within an administrative role, or for those considering a career in book-keeping or finance.

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.

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.

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

Entry Requirements: Must have National 5 Maths.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

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HN Cluster in Engineering

HN Cluster 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: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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HN Cluster in Modern Science Technology

HN Cluster in Modern Science Technology

SCQF Level 7

Modern Technology Practicals
Come and gain experience in Microbiology, Cell Biology and in 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.

Degree Studies in Science - Anatomy and Physiology
Learn new laboratory skills in Biology and Chemistry practicals with a wide range of equipment in Science Lab skills in these subject areas. Then learn about the wonders of your body, in terms of how its organised in Anatomy and Physiology, how each body system works and how they are related. Discover the anatomy and physiology of at least 10 body systems for e.g. the hear t, the lungs, the skeletal and musculature systems. The anatomy course is online and structured so you learn one body system a week. However the lecturer is based at Moray and will run weekly
interactive virtual classroom sessions (similar to SKYPE).

Progression:
Completion of this programme may allow access to Applied Sciences (SCQF Level 6) or HNC Applied Sciences (SQCF Level 7).

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

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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HN Cluster in Reflexology

HN Cluster 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 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: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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PDA in Politics

PDA in Politics

SCQF Level 7

Politics A
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
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 decisionmaking 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 to HNC Social Sciences (SQCF Level 7).

Entry Requirements: Must have a National 5 in a Social Sciences subject or at least one Higher.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

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PDA in Psychology

PDA in Psychology

SCQF Level 7

Psychology A
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 (on completion of Psychology A)
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 to HNC Social Sciences (SQCF Level 7).

Entry Requirements: Must have a National 5 Psychology or at least one Higher.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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PDA in Sociology

PDA in Sociology

SCQF Level 7

Sociology A

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 (on completion of Sociology A)
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 to HNC Social Sciences (SQCF Level 7).

Entry Requirements: Must have a National 5 in a Social Science subject or at least one Higher.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

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PDA in Sports Coaching

PDA in Sports Coaching

SCQF Level 7

This course will be delivered with a mix of face to face and practical. This PDA is mapped to the Sport Scotland Effective Coaching Map and is recognised by Community Leisure UK (Scotland) as a qualification that will meet their workforce needs and therefore represents a passport to employment.

Higher National Units Studied will be:
• Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing yourself (1 credit)
• Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Others (1 credit)
• Sports Coaching: Knowing Coaching (2 credits)

Progression:
Completion of this programme may allow access to HNC Fitness Health and Exercise (SQCF Level 7) or HNC Coaching and Developing Sport (SQCF Level 7).

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

Day: Wednesday

Time: 9.30-2.15pm

 

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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. Candidates will carry out 150 hours work experience.

Year 1 (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

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

Year 2 (work placement)

The work placement component in S6 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
  • developing and delivering presentations
  • providing reception services
  • using and maintaining office equipment
  • taking responsibility for logistics e.g. travel and accommodation
  • providing administrative support for meetings
  • using a variety of software packages
  • presenting business documents and managing projects
  • applying problem-solving skills to resolve challenging or complex complaints

You will participate in job shadowing enabling interaction with services users to further develop skills in communication and gain an understanding of the client group.  In addition, you will develop skills in personal reflection and enable connections to be made with knowledge previously gained.

You will gain experience of working with older adults, employability skills of timekeeping, attendance, team working, communication and demonstrating value-based practice including respect for self and others and equality and diversity principles.  Certificate of work readiness may also be offered to you on this Foundation Apprenticeship where appropriate.

Entry Requirements:

The Foundation Apprenticeship is open to candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6. Candidates must have or be 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.

Candidates must have achieved or be working towards National 5 English.

Days:

Year 1: Wednesday 9.15-4pm

Year 2: Wednesday 9.15-4pm (occasional afternoons and holiday commitment maybe required)

Qualification Gained:

On successful completion of all the components of the Foundation Apprenticeship, you will achieve a Joint Qualification Certificate for the FA in Business Skills and also receive certification for the NPA in Business Skills and part of SVQ in Business Administration at SCQF Level 6.

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.

Course content:

Year 1 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.

Year 2 will mainly be delivered in the workplace 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 220 hours work experience and 120 hours on the media project.

Qualification Gained:

You’ll be assessed throughout your FA in Creative and Digital Media.  At the end, you’ll 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

Entry Requirements:

The Foundation Apprenticeship is open to candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6.
Candidates must have or be 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.
Candidates must have achieved or be working towards 2 of the following: a Science subject, Maths, Computer Science or Art & Design

Days:

Year 1: Wednesday 9.15-4pm

Year 2: Wednesday 9.15-4pm (occasional afternoons and holiday commitment maybe required)

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.

Course Content:

Year 1 (NPA in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6)

In S5, 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. You will also start work experience and take part in employer visits.

Year 2 (SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6 (part of)

In S6, 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 units 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 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).  This will give you an understanding of the National Care Standards which underpin childcare practice. You will have the opportunity to relate all of your theoretical knowledge gained in S5 to practice undertaken whilst in S6 and develop reflective practice skills as part of this process. Candidates will carry out 370 hours work experience.

Qualification Gained:

You’ll be assessed throughout your FA.  At the end, you’ll 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

Entry Requirements:

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

Candidates must have or be 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.

Candidates must be working towards National 5 English.

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

Days:

Year 1: Wednesday 9.15-4pm

Year 2: Wednesday 9.15-4pm (occasional afternoons and holiday commitment maybe required)

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.

Course Content:

Year 1 (NPA in Social Services and Healthcare)

In S5, 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.

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

Year 2 (SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6 [part of])

In S6, 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 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 and Health Care at SCQF Level 6.

You will also have the opportunity to relate all of your theoretical knowledge gained in S5 to practice undertaken whilst in S6 and develop reflective practice skills as part of this process. Candidates will carry out 370 hours work experience.

Qualifications Gained:

You’ll be assessed throughout your FA Social Services and Healthcare.  At the end, you’ll 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

Entry Requirements:

The Foundation Apprenticeship is open to candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6. Candidates must have or be 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.

Candidates must be working towards National 5 English.

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

Days:

Year 1: Wednesday 9.15-4pm

Year 2: Wednesday 9.15-4pm (occasional afternoons and holiday commitment maybe required)

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 IT Hardware/System Support

Foundation Apprenticeship IT Hardware/System Support

A FA in Hardware/System Support is a great way to get hands on experience in this fast paced, ubiquitous skill sector. As well as technology employers, you will find ICT and digital technology jobs in many other sectors such as healthcare, financial services and the creative industries. You will spend time learning at college and with an employer.

Course Content:

Year 1 (NPA in Professional Computer Fundamentals)

Units include:

  • Security Fundamentals
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Server Administration Fundamentals

Year 2 (work placement)

The work placement component in S6 will provide you with the opportunity to complete the follow units which contribute towards the Diploma in IT & Telecommunications Professionals at Level 6 and will be wholly or partly assessed in the workplace:

  • Personal Effectiveness 2
  • Health and Safety in IT & Telecom
  • IT & Telecom System Operation 2
  • Testing IT & Telecom Systems 2
  • Working with IT & Telecoms Hardware and Equipment 1

You will carry out 16 - 20 weeks work experience.

Qualification Gained: 

You will be assessed throughout your FA Hardware/System Support. On successful Completion you will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship Certificate in Information Technology: Hardware/System Support at SCQF Level 6, which includes:

  • A National Progression Award in Professional Computer Fundamentals at SCQF Level 6
  • Units contributing to the Level 6 Diploma in IT & Telecommunications Professionals

Entry Requirements:

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.

Days:

Year 1: Wednesday 9.15-4pm

Year 2: Wednesday 9.15-4pm (occasional afternoons and holiday commitment maybe required)

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.

Course Content:

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

Engineers bring ideas to life. They design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. From James Watt’s steam engine to Andy Scott’s Kelpies, Scotland is great at engineering.

It’s an industry offering careers in range of sectors including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology and fashion. You could become an aerospace engineer, chemical engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer or naval architect. You won’t always be sitting at a desk and could be working in a laboratory, at sea, or underground.

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

Entry Requirements:

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.
Ideally pupils wishing to be considered for this programme must have National 5 Maths and National 5 Physics or Engineering Science.

Days:

Year 1: Wednesday 9.15-4pm

Year 2: Wednesday 9.15-4pm (occasional afternoons and holiday commitment maybe required)

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
Foundation Apprenticeship Food & Drink Technologies content

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.

Course Content:

Year 1 (NPA in Food & Drink Operations)

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.

Year 2 (work placement)

The work placement component in S6 will provide you with the opportunity to complete the following 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

Candidates will carry out 270 hours work experience.

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Operations is for pupils in S5 and S6, and is anticipated to take 2 years to complete. In S5, pupils complete the National Progression Award (NPA) in Food Manufacture at SCQF Level 6 and the Awards in Health & Safety and Food Hygiene at SCQF Level 5. In S6, they complete the 5 units from the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF Level 6 and a work placement.

The National Progression Award in Food Manufacture at SCQF Level 6 provides knowledge and an introduction to the skills that will help pupils to complete the work based units. It develops an understanding of the principles, structure, processes and procedures used in the Food and Drink Manufacturing industry. 

REHIS Food Hygiene and Health & Safety courses are expected as standard in the industry and these qualifications are expected to both help learners undertake their work placement and increase employability.

The Foundation Apprenticeship includes 5 units from the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF Level 6, allowing recognition of prior learning, and therefore advanced entry, for those students progressing to the Modern Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements:

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.
Candidate must have achieved or be working towards National 5 English.

Days:

Year 1: Wednesday 9.15-4pm

Year 2: Wednesday 9.15-4pm (occasional afternoons and holiday commitment maybe required)

Qualification Gained: 

You’ll achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Operations, which includes:

  • National Progression Award in Food Manufacture at SCQF Level 6
  • SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF Level 6
  • SQA Group Certification

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