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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A Higher can improve your future job prospects, help you move on to further study at HNC/HND level or simply allow you to gain new skills and qualifications. Many of these are offered either for daytime study or as evening classes 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 adults returning to study. They typically last one year, however, part-time courses are available in some areas.

These courses can be used as a stepping stone to employment or onto further study at HNC and HND level.

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Access to Degree Level Study (SWAP Access)

Even if you have been at work (or out of work) for years, or lack formal qualifications, you can still get into Higher Education by attending a SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) course.

SWAP programmes 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 programme successfully.

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Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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

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Higher National Diploma (HND)

HNDs tend to last two years if undertaken as a full-time course but can be achieved as part-time, evening or Saturday study. If you’re progressing through from HNC, you can go straight into the second year of study meaning 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 progression through to a degree or employment.

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There are many routes to studying a degree with Fife College. Working alongside the University of Abertay Dundee, Edinburgh Napier University and The Open University, we can offer a great range of degrees right on your doorstep. A degree usually lasts for three years at full-time study and each year gives you a recognised qualification.

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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.

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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 to name but a few. 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 available at three levels: certificate, advanced certificate and diploma level.

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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. It does this by giving each qualification a level and a number of credit points. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. The credit points show how much learning is involved in achieving that qualification.