Why choose a School College Partnership course?


Studying a college course while you are still at school is a great way to add to your qualifications and to kick start your career. You will:

  • broaden your curriculum choices and enrich your educational experiences
  • get a flavour of college life, helping you make informed decisions about your future
  • improve your application to college or university by demonstrating a range of additional skills
  • benefit from our partnerships with business and employers to provide valuable work-based learning experiences
  • boost your UCAS or college application

Many of our courses are practical and hands-on.  In some cases, you will travel to a college centre to attend for the whole day.

However, increasingly many of the School College Partnership courses are offered as part of the option choices in your school's timetable.  Depending on which High School you attend, you can study subjects such as professional cookery, hospitality, computing, rural skills, construction, health and social care (including Introduction to Nursing) and business and finance - all of which are key employment sectors in the Highlands and Islands and throughout Scotland.  You will also be taught by lecturers with years of experience in their trade or profession.

Our Foundation Apprenticeships also include a work placement where you can learn valuable new skills and find out what the world of work is really like.

All of our courses are SQA certificated and if you pass, it will appear on your SQA Certificate along with your Nationals, Highers and Advanced Highers.

Find out which courses are available in your area on your Your School's page

What’s the difference between Blended, Virtual and Online study

You will see some of the courses described as being "Virtual" or "online".  These study methods enables larger numbers of pupils to study individual subjects that may not otherwise have been available for small classes.

Virtual classes use online technologies, such as Google Hangouts, in timetabled sessions and will have a college lecturer in virtual attendance during the class.

Online study is unsupervised and therefore can be timetabled flexibly to suit the individual pupil.   It will suit pupils who have a good work ethic, strong self motivation and an ability to work independently.

Blended classes are a combination of  online study supplemented with delivery at scheduled times/days.