Frequently asked questions


What is meant by employability?

Employability is a term used to refer to the general skills and attitudes which employers value in an employee.  Developing these skills and attitudes is an important feature of skill-link courses.  Examples of skills and attitudes include:

  • Understanding the workplace and employees' responsibilities, eg timekeeping, appearance and customer care
  • Self-evaluation
  • Positive attitude to learning
  • Flexible approaches to solving problems
  • Adapting and positive attitude to change, confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience.

How can I join?

Applications are completed online for all courses, the links for these can be found by clicking on your school badge.  Completed forms are then checked by your Guidance Teacher before being submitted to the College.  Please note the personal statement is an important part of the application form and will be used to help college staff decide whether you should be offered a place.  The college will inform you and your school if your application has been successful; the e-mail address you use on your application will be used for all communication so please check it.

When do I attend?

This is individual to each course, please check the course details for the course that you are applying for. 

What will I study?

For each subject, there are details of what the programme is about and the topics.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of approaches will be used dependent on the subject area and level of the course, including gathering portfolios of evidence, personal records, activity checklists, short tests and external exams.

How do I get there?

Transport will be organised via your school for most courses, please check the course details for the course you are planning to apply for.

Do the students have any links with employers?

This is dependent on the level of course being studied.  UHI North Highland works closely with employers to agree what they expect employees will need to know to deliver a particular job and the standards they need to achieve.

How much support do I get?

We have a Student Support team here at UHI North Highland to support you throughout your time here.  In addition, all higher education students are assigned a Personal Academic Tutor to support them on issues relating to attendance, absence, progress and other matters relating to their course.

Are qualifications recognised by employers and universities?

Yes, all our courses are awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and are therefore recognised qualifications by employers and universities.  See our Qualifications Explained page for more detail.