Personal and Vocational Studies Level 4 NQ

What is special about this course?

The National Qualification in Personal and Vocational Studies is designed to allow learners to gain experience and to develop the skills to enable them to progress to further education, training, volunteering or employment.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing award will encourage the learner to explore and understand issues around mental health and to develop positive coping strategies.  It also allows the opportunity for development of skills and learning, life and work which may enhance opportunities for employment and help learners to become responsible, contributing citizens.

The course consists of five awards:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Award
  • Employability Award
  • Skills for Work Level 4
  • Steps to Work Level 4
  • Saltire Volunteering Award

Entry requirements

Candidates undertaking a level 4 NQ should possess Core Skills at SCQF level 3 on entry to the programme. Adult returners will have prior experience taken into consideration. Also based on a satisfactory interview and an ability to work at National 4 level.

Employability Award Level 4

Preparing for Employment

Building Own Employability Skills

Dealing with Work Situations


Skills For Work – Hairdressing Level 4

Hairdressing: Salon Awareness

Hairdressing: Working in the Salon

Hairdressing: Employability Skills

Hairdressing: Creativity


Skills for Work Engineering Level 4

Engineering Skills: Mechanical

Engineering Skills: Fabrication

Engineering Skills: Electrical/Electronic

Engineering Skills: Manufacture and Assembly


Skills for Work Rural Level 4

Estate Maintenance: An Introduction

Land Based Industries: An Introduction

Employability Skills for Land Based Industries


Award in Volunteering Skills Level 4

Preparing to Volunteer

Volunteering Experience

Volunteering: Investigative Project


Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

Influences on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Understanding Mental Health Issues

Coping Strategies and Building Resilience


Steps to Work Award Level 4

Employability Units


Saltire Volunteering Award

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Blended Learning

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

Students who achieve the NQ Personal and Vocational course may progress to:

  • Other relevant College courses at level 4 or 5
  • Other appropriate training options, employment or a volunteering opportunity

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I want to start in 2022/23

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. UHI Outer Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.