Skill Up NQ

What is special about this course?

Skill Up is aimed at learners between 16-19 years. The course is designed to offer an opportunity to those young people who wish to prepare themselves for successful and sustainable study. It may be particularly relevant to young people who have been affected by disruption to learning, either impacting on their mental health or resulting in gaps in their learning. The course could also be relevant to ESOL learners with settled status.

It will enable you to develop the skills and confidence to become a successful student and make positive choices about your future.

The course includes an opportunity to complete a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and outdoor learning. Along with qualifications in Numeracy, ICT and Communications at Level 3 along with Personal Development awards. 

Learners will be given opportunities to build confidence and help navigate the wider college environment prior to joining Next Steps 2 Learning or subject specific area.

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. Taster sessions are offered to interested students in February-May. You may be offered an interview following successful participation in the taster session(s). Applications should be made via the transition officer Samantha Martin.

You must be able to travel independently or make your own arrangements for travel.

You should be able to learn independently.

Students will work towards SQA units at level 3 over 3 days per week.

Units will include:

  • Personal Development
  • Core Skills
  • Employability
  • Volunteering
  • Wellbeing
  • Duke of Edinburgh

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Full time.

Blended, but with the majority face to face

How long will my course last?

1 Year

3 days a week

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

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 progress on to Next Steps 2 Learning or other vocational courses across the College.

You may also progress into employment or working with a training provider.

Is there more information available online?

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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.