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Applications for Senior Phase will open on Thursday 1st February 2024

Our Senior phase programme is a partnership between local high schools and UHI Shetland to give you the opportunity to experience studying as a college student and to gain a recognised qualification alongside your school studies in S5 and/or S6.

We have a variety of different courses on offer across a range of subjects from construction to art to aquaculture, at SCQF levels from 5-7. You would attend campus in Lerwick, Scalloway or at Mareel every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, and many of our courses include work placements or industry visits.

There is no cost to you for attending these courses, and they contribute to your qualification portfolio as you move towards employment or further study – with some of the courses counting towards university eligibility and another fast-tracking entrance onto year two of a modern apprenticeship.

Applications will close for our Senior Phase Programme on 15th March 2024.  

 

 

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Access to Nursing, Social Care and Allied Health Professionals

Access to Nursing, Social Care and Allied Health Professionals

This exciting and newly revised 1 year course provides a great opportunity to gain knowledge and skills for a career in nursing, allied professions, social services or social work. With units on topics such as Human Development & Social Influences, Social Services in Scotland and Communication in Care Relationships, this level 6 qualification provides progression to our HNC programmes.

Entry in S5 or S6. 

Course Content

• Social Services in Scotland
• Communication in Care Relationships
• Safeguarding People
• Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Health and Social Services
• Human Development and Social Influences
• Support Effective Communication
• Support Health and Safety of yourself and others
• Develop your own knowledge and practice
• Support safeguarding of individuals

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Aquaculture and Maritime Academy

Aquaculture and Maritime Academy

Suitable for students who are interested in gaining insight into the marine industries and achieving two recognised qualifications whilst continuing their study at school. This is an introductory course for those looking to progress to a career in aquaculture, the Merchant Navy, marine biology or fish catching.

Entry in either S5 or S6.

 

Course Content

  • Vessel construction and stability
  • Basic navigational watchkeeping
  • Vessel ropework, anchoring and mooring activities
  • Basic vessel engineering systems
  • Aquatic environments for aquaculture
  • Introduction to finfish production
  • Global aquaculture
  • Floating cage fish farm operations
  • Employer talks and industry visits, interviews with industry representatives, opportunity to gain industry recognised short course certification.
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Computing Academy – Digital Design

Computing Academy – Digital Design

This 1-year qualification is designed to provide Senior pupils the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge for a potential further course or a career in Graphics and Media Design. The course uses latest industry standard design software and allows pupils to build a digital web-based portfolio of their work. This course is suitable for those with an interest in art, design, graphic design, games development and marketing.

Entry in S6.

Course Content

  • Digital Graphics Fundamentals
  • Digital Media: Bitmap Techniques
  • Digital Media: Vector Techniques
  • Web Development: Content Management Systems



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Computing Academy – Games Development and Hardware Technologies

Computing Academy – Games Development and Hardware Technologies

This course is suitable for pupils interested in computer hardware and gaming, and those interested in a future career as a Computer Engineer, or an area related to Graphics and Games Design. No prior programming experience is required.

Entry in S5 or S6.

 

 

Course Content

  • Computing: install and maintaintenance
  • Computer hardware
  • Computing: computer hardware and systems
  • Computer networking fundamentals
  • Computing: plan and build a computer network
  • Computer Games: design
  • Computer Games: media assets
  • Computer Games: development

 

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Construction Academy

Construction Academy

This course is suitable for pupils who enjoy practical activities and are looking to develop skills and experience in preparation for a modern apprenticeship in construction or a career path in a related discipline.

Entry in either S5 or S6.

 

Course Content

This course aims to provide structured opportunities for learners to experience construction crafts and occupations.
Modules include:

  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Develop site joinery skills
  • Manufacture joiner components
  • Efficient construction practices
  • Construction ICT
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Creative Academy

Creative Academy

Learn digital media production skills in audio and film at Mareel. Ideal for students with Creative Industry career aspirations in music, film, TV, communications and marketing. 

Entry in S6.

Course Content

  • Directing a single camera production
  • Basic video camera operations
  • Basic video editing
  • Sound engineering and production

 

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Energy Academy

Energy Academy

This course explores the various energy industries and develops practical skills by building a small-scale solar hot water system and wind turbine. There are opportunities to develop employability skills to aid progression into careers in the energy sector.

Entry in S5 or S6. 

Course Content

• Domestic Wind Turbine Systems
• Domestic Solar Hot Water Systems
• Energy Careers
• Energy Production


It is not necessary for you to be studying an energy related course at school to undertake this course, but if you are this can also be taken alongside your school course to complement your study.

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Engineering Academy

Engineering Academy

This course is intended for school-based pupils who are considering a career within the engineering industry and are looking for broad-based training in both practical skills and knowledge.

Completion of this course could lead students onto Year 2 of our Engineering Modern Apprenticeship. 

Either in either S5 or S6.

Course Content

A variety of practical and theoretical engineering subjects. These include:

  • Electrical and Mechanical Principles
  • Industrial Plant Maintenance
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Systems
  • Electrical Wiring Skills
  • Health and Safety
  • Workshop Skills
  • MMA Welding
  • Industry Visits and Talks
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Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (Children & Young People)

Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (Children & Young People)

With this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of different childcare roles. Look after young children as a nursery worker or childminder or train as a teacher.

This qualification is accepted by many universities as the equivalent to one or two Highers at grade B for entry onto related degrees.

Entry in S5.

Course Content

  • Wellbeing
  • Child Development and Play
  • Effective Communication
  • Developing knowledge and practice
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Safety
  • Work Placement: in year 2 you will put your industry-based knowledge into practice in a work placement.
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Portfolio Building for Art Students

Portfolio Building for Art Students

This course is designed to give learners the opportunity to expand their creative abilities and to explore various techniques, enabling them to build their portfolio, alongside embracing their own creative identity. It is suitable to be studied alongside Higher Art or as a standalone course.

Entry in either S5 or S6 (entry only in S6 for AHS pupil)

Course Content

The course will cover a range of artist techniques. Options may include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Creative textiles
  • Digital media
  • Portraiture
  • Sculpture
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Professional Development Award in Youth Work

Professional Development Award in Youth Work

This 1 year course provides a great opportunity to gain knowledge and skills involved in youthwork. This level 6 qualification offers a wide range of progression routes into apprenticeships and higher education, as well as a range of career options.
During the course you will have the opportunity to have placement experience in a youthwork setting

Entry in S5 or S6. 

Course Content


• Understanding and Exploring Youthwork
• Engaging with young people
• Delivering Youthwork

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Sociology Higher

Sociology Higher

This course develops your knowledge and understanding of the sociological perspectives, theories and concepts used to investigate and explain aspects of the social world.

This course is only available to pupils who will be studying at Brae High School in S5 and S6. Please contact your Pupil Support Teacher if you wish to apply for this course.  

Course Content

  • Human society
  • Culture and identity
  • Social issues