Shetland College UHI works in partnership with local schools to offer engaging learning opportunities to the young people of Shetland.

We have various courses available - subject to demand - in partnership with many of our local high schools. If you would like more information, please contact your schools guidance teacher, or the appropriate college learning centre.

Skills for Work / Vocational Pathways

If you are in Secondary 3 or 4 and are keen to get a taster of a particular career and experience college life while still at school, these courses are for you. Courses run every alternate Friday, for either one or two years depending on the subject.

This is your chance to acquire hands-on practical skills that could help you secure a job in the future.  Not only that, but you will build your self-confidence and learn other key skills such as time-keeping, professional appearance, problem solving and customer care.

The video below (which can also be viewed on YouTube) will give you a good flavour of what these courses are like. There are also external links for each part of the video if you are interested in a particular course.

If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact your Pupil Support Teacher.

For information about courses at the NAFC Marine Centre see

Please note there are a limited number of spaces for each course.

Take a look at Vocational Pathways 1920 to find out what is available. 

Foundation Apprenticeship / Academy Programmes

SIC Schools Service, NAFC Marine Centre UHI and Shetland College UHI are working in partnership to deliver exciting and worthwhile opportunities for Secondary 5 and 6 pupils to take their first steps into careers in Engineering, Construction and Health and Social Care.

We offer four courses which provide the opportunity to gain experience working alongside professionals in engineering, construction and social care during the course of the two year programme.

  • Academy Programme - Construction Studies
  • Academy Programme - Engineering (one year)
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Health and Social Care - Social Services and Healthcare
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Health and Social Care - Social Services (Children and Young People)

During these programmes you will be able continue your valuable secondary school education, while gaining professionally recognised qualifications and experience.

Each of these three courses will be available as a subject choice, replacing two school subjects. Therefore, if you enrol on one of these college opportunities, you will study 3 school subjects in S5 and in S6, as well as coming to college. You will spend two afternoons a week in college as well as having some time set aside for independent study. As you wll be working in the summer, you should have some free periods incorporated into your school timetable.

You will be matched to an employer appropriate to your course, a work place mentor will be available to you and you will be offered some paid employment during your summer holidays.

For further information on the course programmes, download the leaflet specific to your preferred course. You can also download an application form.


Academy Programme in Construction Studies (NC Built Environment)

Download the course leaflet.

Foundation Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care - Social Services and Healthcare

Download the course leaflet.


Foundation Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care - Social Services (Children and Young People)

Download the course leaflet.

Academy Programme in Engineering

Download the course leaflet