Courses for school pupils

Schools and college work together to enhance learning opportunities for senior phase pupils by allowing them to undertake college courses as part of the school-based curriculum.

These courses are awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and have been designed around young people to give them an opportunity to complement or progress their school studies by offering a range of vocational subjects not available at school. 

North Highland College UHI works closely with employers to ensure the courses provide relevant pathways to employment, training or further and higher education and that what they will be learning will be of value to them in their future career.

2018/19 Courses - How to Apply

School link courses at North Highland College UHI are embedded in your column choices at school.

Once you have decided the courses you would like to apply for your PT Pupil Support will provide you with a School Link Application Form. Your PT Pupil Support will submit your application to the college for consideration with the required reference.

Please note that the personal statement is an important part of the application form and will be used to help college staff decide whether applicants should be offered a place.  Should pupils want to apply for more than one course at North Highland College they can apply for both using one application form, however pupils should bear this in mind when writing their personal statement as it should reflect both their choices.

The college will inform your school if your application has been successful.

College courses will run over one full day a week, and transport arrangements will be agreed through your school.

North Highland College UHI has the right to withdraw the availability of courses should there be insufficient student number to warrant running the class.

2018 Application Timeline

  • 9 March 2018: Closing date for application forms.
  • 9 March - 27 April 2018: Selection process and interviews for Foundation Apprenticeships, Engineering and Construction courses.
  • 27 April: Schools will be informed of North Highland College UHI's decision on applications.

Application forms with missing information will be returned to the school which may lead to decisions being delayed.

Engineering & Construction

In order to ensure that Engineering and Construction N4/N5 Skills for Work applicants are selected in a more fair, equitable and transparent manner, a change to the recruitment process is proposed for the 2018 intake.  For the successful applicants this will also assist with preparing a more robust pathway to the correct course and level. 

There will be a three stage selection process:

  1. application form to select candidates suitable for interview
  2. interview held at your school
  3. basic skills test held at your school

Foundation Apprenticeships

Interviews will be held for all Foundation Apprenticeship applicants to allow us to provide more information on the requirements of this award, to confirm the correct delivery model (15 months or two years) and to complete the paperwork in relation to the workplacement element.  For the successful applicant this will also assist with preparing you for the award and the various elements within it. 

There will be a two stage process:

  1. application form to select candidates suitable for interview
  2. interview held at your school

Our Expectations From You

To benefit fully from your college course pupils are expected to:

  • Regularly attend classes
  • Be clean, smartly dressed and wear protective clothing where required
  • Work safely, following instructions
  • Complete tasks in a timely fashion
  • Complete any homework or self-study work you are asked to complete for the Highers or Higher National courses.

If at any time you need to discuss any aspect of your course, then you should discuss this with your PT Pupil Support.

courses for school pupils