NQ Skill Up SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain a variety of essential qualifications at a level to allow progression into further study, apprenticeship, or employment.

Students will study core skills in Maths, English, and IT, qualifications will be gained in Employability, Personal Finance, and Volunteering, and a choice of Skills for Work Awards to choose a vocational area of interest will be available to the learner.

Students will also study the SQA Mental Health and Wellbeing Award, exploring influences on Mental Health, understanding mental health issues, and learning about coping strategies, and building resilience.

This course places emphasis on employability skills and attitudes, which will help prepare candidates for the workplace.

Entry requirements

Candidates undertaking a level 5 NQ should possess core skills at SCQF level 4 on entry to the programme or have successfully completed NQ Personal and Vocational Studies level 4. Adult returners will have prior experience taken into consideration. Also based on a satisfactory interview and an ability to work at National 5 level.

Choice of Skills for Work Award

Mental Health and Wellbeing Award
Volunteering Award
Information Technology
Money Management
Employability units

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

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



Please contact leadmissions@uhi.ac.uk for further information on fees and funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

 Completion of this course will allow students to progress onto further study or seek an apprenticeship or employment.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for NQ Skill Up SCQF Level 5

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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.