New Skills 1 Access

What is special about this course?

New Skills is aimed at young people and adults who would like specialist learning and teaching opportunities to develop their personal, social and work-related skills for independent living or for future study. The support we provide means it is particularly suitable for people with additional support needs. In this flexible and practical course, you will work in groups to try out a range of subjects and achieve personal learning goals. You will attend college three to four days a week and study a range of qualifications and awards, including SQA units and ASDAN Awards. We also run regular events with other local colleges, providing social, recreational and sporting opportunities.

New Skills students get the opportunity to take part in a residential.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however you must be willing to work in a group and want to develop your personal and social skills. You will be invited to discuss your application with a member of the team.

Vocational qualifications from a variety of ASDAN awards. Core subjects include employability skills, independent living skills and citizenship skills.

Other options available over the three years may include catering and hospitality; childcare; arts and crafts; enterprise skills; construction; media studies; gardening; music; drama; IT; motor vehicle maintenance and personal safety awareness.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching; one-to-one mentoring

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Perth

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may be able to progress to Stepping Out, a wide range of other College courses, further training or work.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for New Skills 1 Access

I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College UHI 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.