Transition to Higher Education (T2HE) NQ Level 6

What is special about this course?

Do you need highers to pursue your chosen career or study path? Did you miss out on Highers at school and want another chance to achieve your ambitions.

T2HE is a full-time course that gives you the chance to develop your dreams into definite career plans whatever they are.

T2HE is for both school leavers and adult learners who wish to return to education but who might not have achieved entry requirements at school.

T2HE offers you a personal planning session, as part of your interview, to help you decide which qualifications are best for you to take in your route to your future goals.

T2HE is an opportunity to choose 3 subjects from a range of subjects at National 5 (SCQF level 5) and Higher (SCQF level 6). We offer you three different routes into higher education: a science route, a humanities route or a pick and mix route, made of both science and humanities. This will take you on your journey to higher education or it will help prepare you for any profession. It's really up to you.

T2HE is an excellent way to prepare for higher education and future employment.

The course will be delivered in any of our ten college centres using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and virtual learning environments.

Entry requirements

•    National 5 qualifications, including English: A or B, or equivalent.

•    Adult returners do not require any formal qualifications but must demonstrate the ability to work at level 6.
Entry to the course for all students will be decided after a face-to-face interview with the course leader.

The choice of some elective courses may be subject to availability. Please ask at the time of interview.


You will select three from the following list of Higher (SCQF level 6) and National 5 (SCQF level 5) qualifications:

Highers: Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science, Physics, English, Psychology and Sociology. Photography is also available in 3 locations at different times.

National 5: Maths and Psychology

3 core units

Core units are independent learning experiences that are supported by your lecturers on-line and in person, in study sessions. These are a required part of your T2HE course. Success in these units will ensure your journey to your final exams.

  • Research and Study Skills  will teach you how to conduct effective research and evaluation
  • Core Skills Information, Communication Technology  will give you confidence in using electronic systems to support your academic work.
  • Presenting Information  will help you bring together your learning and present it in an effective and professional context.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Online

Each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis. 

Connected learning is when you learn together with lecturers,students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Flexible learning covers lecturer directed learning and self-directed learning.

Lecturer-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:
• posting your idea in a discussion forum,
• completing a quiz,
• practising a task, activity or idea
• watching a video or reading,
• discussing and working on a solution with another student,
• researching and gathering information,
• completing an assignment or project-based task.

Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

Your connected learning will take place in an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students. We have ten college centres and there may be an option to study some of the time from your local centre. This will depend on social distancing limitations.



How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.


Students may qualify for bursary, EMA or childcare funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful students will be able to apply for other courses such as HNCs and Degree courses within West Highland College UHI or in other colleges or universities, or have a better chance of employment in their chosen field.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I discovered WHC UHI while living in Gairloch. T2HE changed my life and was the door to pursuing my future chosen path.

The lecturers personified care in education. The level of interaction and engagement they provided for us made a great environment for learning, growth, and good productive communication. For me, as a mature student, these factors were huge and played a big part in my success.

As part of the course, support was also given with my UCAS application - personal statement and reference. I got the Highers I needed and was accepted on a combined psychology with sociology degree at Edinburgh Napier University.

Bryan Donnelly

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