Employability Skills SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

The course allows you to:

  • Review and evaluate your own skills
  • Research employment opportunities online
  • Create a CV, personal statement and covering letter
  • Improve job applications and interview skills
  • Learn about employee and employer rights and responsibilities

Entry requirements


The course units cover:

  • Personal Development: Self and Work
  • Preparing for work
  • Developing skills for employment

Each unit individually entitles the student to an SQA award.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will join a class at college or at your local learning centre and learn through lecturer input, group discussions and practical exercises. You will be expected to do some study at home each week.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Part-time course available at Shetland UHI and selected learning centres.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Flexible start dates from September.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Students on part-time courses may be eligible for an Individual Learning Account or to have their course fees waived.

For more information see the funding page. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: You could progress to further study on a range of National Certificate (NC) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) programmes and SVQs.

Employment/Career: This course provides you with required skills and confidence to successfully apply for and gain employment.

Former students have: Been successful in obtaining employment and undertaking apprenticeships as well as progressing on to study other courses at Shetland UHI and other institutions.

Is there more information available online?

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“The opportunity to think about your own skills and abilities, and how you can link these to job vacancies, as well as practising job interview skills, was very worthwhile”

“Great course to prepare you to enter the world of work.”
Emily Garrick, Lecturer

Please email scshortcourses@uhi.ac.uk or call 01595 771000 to request a booking form

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Shetland. UHI Shetland 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.