Pathfinder is a new course offer which will provide both a positive destination and an opportunity for exploring careers for school pupils who would otherwise leave school lacking direction for career or further study at college level.  The course would meet the following key aims: 

  • A broad based, one semester course focusing on employability and personal development skills.
  • An inclusive course with open entry and no pre-requisites for study (see below).
  • Progression onto January start courses in all four faculties.
  • Assessed units to enable progression.
  • Maximum of 9 units. 
  • Learning will consist of group tasks and projects supported by digital resources and will be a mixture of face to face and online learning.

Award in Volunteering Skills:  This award consists of three units which are delivered in a combined project scenario. It will enable candidates to apply and develop their skills and knowledge in a volunteering capacity.  Candidates will learn about the context of volunteering; plan a volunteering placement; review and reflect on their own skills during and after their volunteering experience; review the impact of their experience; and undertake an investigation of a particular aspect of volunteering, relating this to possible future volunteering activity.


  • Preparing to Volunteer
  • Volunteering Experience
  • Volunteering: Investigative Project


National Progression Award (NPA) in Enterprise and Employability which enable candidates to identify, develop and demonstrate enterprise and employability skills. Their overriding aim is to enrich the workforce of Scotland through equipping individuals with relevant and transferable skills which can be used in self employment or any employment setting.  This award will allow the candidates to prepare a CV and develop skills essential for seeking and gaining employment along with developing entrepreneurial skills in an enterprise or social enterprise setting.  The candidates will work in a group and partake in exciting enterprise challenges delivered in partnership with experts in enterprise and social enterprise.



  • Enterprise Activity
  • Working with Others
  • Personal Development: Self and Work
  • Preparing for Employment: First Steps
  • Building Own Employability Skills
  • Responsibilities of Employment


The candidates will also study digital literacy which will develop learners’ digital literacy for learning, life and work by exploring and using a range of digital devices, software applications and tools safely and securely

  • School leavers (from end of S4) up to age 19
  • Referral from school/SDS/partnership agency.
  • Unsuccessful application to mainstream course and then considered for this bridging course. 
  • No formal qualifications but must be able to work at a minimum of SCQF level 4. 
  • Suitable for ASN Students

Candidates will achieve four group awards which are embedded in the three areas of study above

  • Award in Volunteering Skills (GD1P 44)

  • NPA Enterprise & Employability (G976 44)

  • Employability Award (G9CY 44)

  • Steps to Work Award (G9RW 44)