Skills for Work

Our Skills for Work courses are designed specifically for school pupils. If that’s you, you would attend College one day a week to achieve a qualification similar in level to a Standard Grade. These courses help you develop career skills and awareness, learn about College life and the pathways available to your future career goals.

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Access and Introductory Courses

Access and introductory courses are the perfect stepping stone for those with no formal qualifications who want to progress to higher levels of study.

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Highers can improve your future job prospects, help you move on to further study at HNC/HND level or simply allow you to gain some new skills and qualifications.

Many of these are offered either for daytime study or as evening classes within the College, and sometimes as transitional day release programmes. 

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National Certificates (NC), National Qualifications (NQ) and City & Guilds

These courses are designed for school leavers and typically last one year. They can be used as a stepping stone to employment or on to further study at HNC/HND level.

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Access to Degree Level Study (SWAP Access)

Scottish Wider Access Programmes, also known as SWAP courses, are for adults who have few or no formal qualifications and who have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if you have Highers or an HN).

SWAP courses are designed specifically for adults and can lead to a wide range of college and university opportunities. They help prepare you for entry into Higher Education and can guarantee you a place at a college or university if you complete the course successfully.

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Higher National Certificate (HNC)

HNCs are normally offered through the equivalent of one year’s full-time study and are generally recognised as the equivalent of your first year of study at university. Upon successful completion of an HNC, you have the option of progressing on to an HND, degree or employment.

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Higher National Diploma (HND)

An HND tends to last two years if done as a full-time course. If you’re progressing through from HNC level, you can go straight into the second year of the HND. This means that you will only need a year to complete your qualification. HNDs are generally recognised as your second year of university study and give you the option of progressing through to a degree or employment.

In some cases, the HNC year of a particular course may be called ‘HND Year 1’. In such cases, the first year of the HND is the equivalent of an HNC. So, when applying for an HND course, keep in mind that you will complete work during HND Year 1 which is equal to the work you would have completed on a separate HNC course. However, the certification you will be working towards will be an HND.

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There are many routes to studying a degree with Fife College. Working alongside partner universities, we offer a great range of degrees right on your doorstep, as well as articulation routes to a wide range of university courses with the benefit of studying the first two years locally.

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Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ), National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ)

Covering a wide range of subjects and occupations you can work towards your SVQ, NVQ or VRQ either within College, at your place of work, or both.

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Modern Apprenticeships (MA)

Modern Apprenticeships combine a Vocational Qualification (SVQ or NVQ) with academic study and are typically aimed at anyone over the age of 16 who is currently in paid employment and looking to gain the skills they need in order to progress in their chosen profession. MAs can be completed in the workplace on a part-time or full-time basis and can often attract funding support from your employer, particularly if you are aged between 16 and 20.

An MA is ideal for ambitious people starting out in their career. All of our MA courses are industry developed to include the skills required for success in that profession. By taking the Modern Apprentice route, school leavers can earn sooner, but still work towards a qualification whilst in employment and earning a salary. So, if you want to combine study with work and earn a regular wage then this might be the perfect route for you.

If you don’t get a Modern Apprenticeship at your first attempt, don’t be disheartened. You may be best served coming to college to study for a year, making sure you are ready for your next MA application. Studying on a full-time basis can often help you to further develop your knowledge and skills, providing you with an interview opportunity and great experiences to put on your CV.

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Professional Institute Qualifications

We offer a wide range of Professional Institute Qualifications including those certified by bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Institute of Sales and Marketing Management, Institute of Leadership and Management, APMG, Chartered Quality Institute, AAT and Cisco. These qualifications are delivered part-time to help you gain the skills and knowledge to advance or change your career. You can also study in the evenings to give your career a boost without the need for a career break.

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Professional Development Awards (PDA)

Professional Development Awards are customised qualifications designed to meet your needs, and those of your employer, in developing particular skills for an employment sector or event. We offer a wide range of PDAs at three levels: certificate, advanced certificate and diploma.

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The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

The SCQF is a way of comparing the wide range of Scottish qualifications. It covers achievements such as those from school, college, university and many work-based qualifications.

How does the SCQF work?

  • The level of a qualification indicates its level of difficulty
  • The number of credit points indicates the length of time it takes to complete the qualification
  • One SCQF credit point represents an average of 10 hours of learning time

Every Scottish university and college uses SCQF levels and credit points to describe their courses.