T2HE Transition to Higher Education SQA 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

This course is available in all of our college centres.

You will be part of a virtual classroom using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and web based virtual learning environments. You will have access to discussion forums, chat, online classroom and real time talk with your lecturer and fellow students.

Our experienced college centre staff will support you.

How long will my course last?

34 Week

The course will last 34 weeks (the full academic year) and you will attend a college centre for 19 hours a week, although additional study in your own time will be required to complete the course successfully. 

The course will be delivered using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and virtual learning environments.

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 contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

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

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.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


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.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for T2HE Transition to Higher Education SQA Level 6

I want to start in 2020/21

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College 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.