Individual Highers Programme SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This course is aimed at people who would like to gain Highers and develop the skills needed to progress into Higher. 
There are excellent progression pathways to Higher Education. 

Entry requirements

4 passes at National 5, one of which must be an English based subject

The course can be tailored to the interests of individual students and can include a combination of the following:  
•    Higher Psychology; 
•    Higher Human Biology; 
•    Higher Sociology; 
•    Higher Care; 
•    Higher Administration and IT
•    Higher Childcare and Development
•    NPA Criminology 
•    Alternative to Higher English
•    N5 Maths


All our materials are accessible via our virtual learning environment called Brightspace.  In order to access this, it would be beneficial to a computer/laptop or mobile devise. 

How will I study my course?

    Classes will be delivered via a mix of virtual online learning and face to face classes.  

    How long will my course last?

    1 Year

    A full time or part time course
    For full time students this course will run over 5 days per week and will be taught via class lectures (a mix of online and face to face).  It is expected that students do 3-4 hours of self directed learning each week.

    How will I be assessed?

      Course assessment is by written essays and assignments and class tests, prelims, discussion and reflection on learning. There are unit assessments and there are final exams.

    Where can I study my course?

      Start date



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

      What can I do on completion of my course?

      Excellent progression routes to a variety of HNCs and Degree programs for example
      HNC Social Sciences; HNC Administration and Information Technology; HNC Business; HNC Social Services; HNC Childhood Practice; 
      Degrees in a variety of subjects including: BA Business and Management; BA Child & Youth Studies; BA Health & Social Studies; BA Social Sciences; BA Criminology; BA Sociology; BSc Psychology and many more.


      Career Options/Opportunities 

          Teaching
          Social work
          Civil service
          Local government
          Research
          Political party administration
          Arts management
          Uniformed services
          Business

      Teaching – we offer the PGDE in primary and secondary teaching which can be done following degree study.


      Is there more information available online?

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      Apply for Individual Highers Programme SCQF Level 6

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      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.