Energy Intermediate 2

What is special about this course?

This Skills for Work Energy course has been designed to provide a basis for progression into further education or for moving directly into training or employment within the energy sector.

Candidate will explore a variety and range of industries and career opportunities which exist within the energy sector.  They will also become familiar with key words and terms used in the sector, and will develop an awareness of the impact of the energy sector on the environment. 

Personal development of employability skills will be the main focus across the course with each unit aiming to enhance such skills.

The development of teamwork and practical skills and carrying out test procedures are also given a high profile.   

Entry requirements

This is a Skills for Work course open to S5 and S6 school pupils.  Please discuss with your school guidance teacher if you would like to apply.

The mandatory units in the course introduce the various energy industries based in the UK and develop practical skills by building a small scale solar hot water system and wind turbine.  Candidates will also review their employability skills and strengths and weaknesses which will be used to help select the most appropriate career for them within the energy sector. 

There is an opportunity to specialise in one subject area by selecting one of the three optional units:- analysis of their own carbon footprint OR develop a deeper knowledge of oil and gas production in the North Sea OR develop further knowledge on the conventional energy generation systems used in the UK.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

You will be taught for 3 hours per week throughout the academic year.  A considerable amount of work will be required to be undertaken out with class time to achieve this course.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

Where can I study my course?

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    Further education tuition fees

    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course. Further information can be found at

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Career within the Energy sector

    Is there more information available online?

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    Please discuss with your school guidance teacher to apply for this course.

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

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