Schools

Orkney College UHI has close links with local secondary schools, Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy, as well as links with Sanday, Stronsay and Westray Junior High Schools.

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Through this partnership we offer a range of courses which give students additional vocational and academic options that supplement the school curriculum and introduces them to the possibilities of further and higher education with their local college, whilst in the Senior Phase at secondary school.

Below are courses that we have available at Orkney College UHI.  If you would like more information, please contact your School Guidance Teacher or you can call us at the College direct.

More information is available in our brochure: Senior Phase Offering from Orkney College UHI

Skills for work

Skills for Work courses are designed to provide progression routes to further and higher education, training and employment. Each course focuses on employability skills and provides the chance to work on practical skills that relate directly to the subject area chosen. The courses also help provide young people with good opportunities to develop their self-confidence and allow them to experience a more adult learning environment easing future transition to college or university.

 

Construction crafts (National 4)

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Early education and childcare (National 4)

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Hairdressing (National  4)

 

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Hospitality (National 4)

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Rural Skills (National 4)

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Sports and Recreation (National 4)

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National 5s

SCQF level 5 equivalent

Maritime Skills

Course consists of 5 units covering a wide range of maritime skills and knowledge. This course is both practical and theoretical and is an excellent grounding for the maritime industry (Maximum in class 15)

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Coastal Navigation

Navigation builds on the short chart-work module in Skills for Work. This is an ideal course for those new to Maritime Studies or those wishing to continue from Skills for Work and  has been a launch pad for a number of previous students who have gone on to sponsored officer training.

Although classroom based we include practical boat work and by the end of the course students can bring a boat to a point at sea from co-ordinates.

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Skills for Work in Engineering

This National 5 course provides a basis for progression into Further Education or for moving directly into training, the course develops developing the generic and practical skills, knowledge and understanding and employability skills.

It focuses on the broad areas of Mechanical, Fabrication, Electrical, Electronic, Maintenance, and on an element of Design and Manufacture.

At SCQF level 5, learners work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support.

Candidates would be expected to have a minimum of 4 National 4’s. (Maximum 8 in class).

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NPA Games Design and Security

This course is designed to get learners looking at the design, development and rollout of games.  Students get the opportunity to play and evaluate various consoles, games and interfaces.  In addition each student gets the

opportunity to create a game using industry leading software involving the drawing and animation of their own graphics.  In addition students will be given the chance to investigate forensic technologies relating to cyber crime and how this can be put to use by law enforcement agencies.

(Maximum 12 in class)

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National 5 Psychology - The National 5 Psychology Course enables learners to use appropriate psychological concepts, theories, research methods and evidence to investigate and explain human behaviour in a range of contexts.

 

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Highers

Orkney College UHI offers Highers that are available to school pupils as part of their school curriculum. Some of the Highers offered are in subjects that are not available in local schools and therefore help to extend the range of subjects that pupils can choose from.  Other Highers and National courses are available on an Evening Class basis which are open for school pupils to apply for.

Higher Care

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Higher Childcare and Development

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Higher Psychology

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Higher English (evening class)

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Higher Human Biology (evening class)

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Foundation apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships are a blended learning approach combining a work-based qualification with academic learning and industry involvement.

Starting in senior phase, the Foundation Apprenticeship at Orkney College UHI takes two years to complete.

Learners spend part of the week out of school at the college doing hands-on learning. They'll also undertake quality work experience with employers and at the end they' will receive an industry-recognised qualification.

Progression routes from a Foundation Apprenticeship

Progression routes from a Foundation Apprenticeship

Foundation Apprenticeship in Care (SCQF Level 6)

This course will run for 2 days per week over 2 years covering Higher studies in Health and Social Care combined with work experience in a Care setting and a number of SVQ modules.  Learners could progress to the Modern Apprenticeship in a Care setting in Orkney.

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Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills (SCQF Level 6)

This course will run for 2 days per week over 2 years covering Higher studies in Business Management and SVQ Level 3 Business and Administration units. Learners could progress to employment via the Modern Apprenticeship route, straight to employment, go on to study HNC in Business or undertake study of one of our University programmes.

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Foundation Apprenticeship in Accounting (SCQF Level 6)

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A FA in Accountancy is a great way to get hands-on experience in this fast paced, constantly changing industry. You will have the unique chance to develop skills and knowledge across a range of accountancy topics in a classroom, alongside a valuable work placement with an employer.


What qualifications will I gain?

  • National Progression Award (NPA) in Accountancy at SCQF level 6
  • Three units of the SVQ AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting at SCQF level 6
  • Work placement unit


*Completion of these three units will enable the learner to be awarded the AAT level 3 / SCQF level 6 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

Essential criteria:
Candidate must have achieved or working towards Nat 5 English. Pupils must be studying Higher Accounting whilst at school.

 

Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering (SCQF Level 6)

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The Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering covers a broad range of Engineering topics including some of the following:
Engineering Systems and Materials, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Aided Design, Manufacturing, Process Control, Test Equipment and Measurement, Instrumentation, Mathematics.

There are 3 components in the FA in Engineering:


•Full National Certificate in an Engineering discipline at (SCQF level 6)
•5 Units (3 Mandatory Units and any 2 optional Units) of the Performing Engineering Operations SVQ level 2 units
•Work-related experience/Industry Challenge

Candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6 with
minimum of one or more Highers in Maths and Nat 5’s. Essential criteria as follows:


•Achieved or working towards Higher Maths (A-C) by end of S6
•Achieved or working towards Nat 5’s (A-C) by end S6
•Candidates must have an interest in developing greater awareness of the industry with a potential
desire to pursue as a career
•Candidates must be capable of working at Level 6 (Higher) over S5 and S6

Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services & Childcare (SCQF Level 6)

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The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Social Services Children and Young People is for pupils in S5 and S6.

In S5, pupils complete a National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 6. This includes knowledge units that support pupils to develop an understanding of how children develop and learn, play and child protection. In S6, they complete the 4 mandatory units of the SVQ 2 Social Services Children and Young People. The NPA provides knowledge and an introduction to the skills that will help pupils to complete the SVQ units. These two parts, along with associated work placement, form the Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services Children and Young People.


The Foundation Apprenticeship will be certificated by SQA. On successful completion of the components of the Foundation Apprenticeship, learners will achieve a Joint Qualification Certificate for the Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services Children and Young People (GL7A 46). They will also receive certification for each of the component parts (NPA and SVQ Units).

Candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6 with minimum of one or more Highers incl. English and National 5’s.
Essential criteria as follows:
•Achieved or working towards Higher English (A-C) by end of S6
•Achieved or working towards Nat 5’s (A-C) by end S6
•PVG Check required
•Candidates must have an interest in developing greater awareness of the industry with a potential desire to pursue as a career
•Candidates must be capable of working at Level 6 (Higher) over S5 and S6

Foundation Apprenticeship in Information Technology: Software Development (SCQF Level 6)

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The Foundation Apprenticeship in Information Technology is designed
to provide S5 pupils opportunities to develop skills and knowledge for entry into a career in the IT sector. It also contributes directly to achievement of the Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecoms by attainment of the core units of the MA qualification.
Scotland is highly dependent on its IT & Telecoms workforce – it underpins the economy and is integral to information, business and consumer services, health and leisure and modern day social networking. The Foundation Apprenticeship in IT Software covers the following topics:

  • Computing: Applications Development
  • Computing: Authoring a Website
  • Software Design and Development

Candidates intending to leave school at the end of S6 with minimum of one or more Highers incl. Maths and Nat 5’s.
Essential criteria as follows:


•Achieved or working towards Higher Maths (A-C) by end of S6
•Achieved or working towards Nat 5’s (A-C) by end S6
•Candidates must have an interest in developing greater awareness of the industry with a potential de-sire to pursue as a career. Candidates must be capable of working at Level 6 (Higher).

Modules

*Entry requirements for online degree modules is that pupils need to have achieved a minimum of 3 Highers.*

 

Health


Nature of Health ( SCQF Level 7) - An online module exploring many aspects of health, pertinent to anyone entering a health, social or child related discipline.


Heritage & Tourism


Scotland’s Music ( SCQF Level 7) - An online module exploring Scotland’s Music. This module offers university level credits.
An Introduction to Highlands and Islands Tourism ( SCQF level 7 ) - The module offers an
opportunity to acquire a broad based view of the tourism industry. Guest lectures from key figures in the industry and local entrepreneurs will be available and will offer a valuable insight into the area . This module offers university level credits.

Archaeology


Archaeology and Local Studies - ( SCQF Level 7)-The module is an introduction to the
principles and practice of archaeology, using local case studies, including multi-disciplinary studies, and including a chronological picture of local archaeology.


Historic Landscapes - ( SCQF Level 7) -This module is designed to introduce students to the great complexity of landscape using case studies from both the Highlands & Islands and more widely across the British Isles. It will encourage awareness that landscape is constructed from historical processes played out in physical
constraints and human social, economic and political factors.

 

 

*Entry requirements: Pupils need to have achieved a minimum of one Higher* for modules from HNC courses.

 

HNC Business – school pupils can access individual modules from the HNC Business course via individual negotiation with the curriculum leader.

You can choose from the following units:
Marketing
Human Resource Management
Business Law
Economics:  an introduction
Financial Accounting:  an introduction
Creating a Culture of Customer Care
Business Accounting
Getting Started in Business
Business Contractual Relationships
Personal Enterprise Skills

HNC Computing - school pupils can choose to study modules from HNC Computing. Choose from:

Multi User Operating Systems
Computing: Introduction to Project Management
Technical Support: Supporting Users — Hardware
Technical Support: Supporting Users — Software
Database Design Fundamentals
SQL: Introduction