Skillsbuilder 1 SCQF Level 1

What is special about this course?

Skillsbuilder 1 is a part-time course for people who require varying degrees of support in their daily living and learning.

The programme offered has been adapted to suit the needs and interests of students with moderate to severe and profound learning disabilities, including those who have limited or no verbal communication skills.

The course runs over three days and is designed around "The Keys to Life", the Scottish Governmnents strategy for people with Learning Disabilities.

Classes are small to accommodate students and their support workers/carers. A Learning Assistant works alongside the lecturer to facilitate sessions and support the group.

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Entry requirements

  • Application form and informal interview
  • Enquiries are welcome from potential students, community teams, support organisations, key workers, parents and guardians.

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Days are themed around ‘The Keys to Life’, the Scottish Governments strategy for people with Learning Disabilities.

  • The Wednesday session has a theme of LIVING and encourages independence through practical activities and learning to follow instructions to complete tasks. Subjects promote self-sufficiency and being a responsible citizen.
  • Thursday’s are focused on students working together, communicating and sharing. The theme is LEARNING. Independence continues to be developed and an understanding of the wider world. Subjects aim to extend practical abilities, creativity and choice.
  • The Friday session asks students to think about what they would like to do when they move on from College. They may want to explore work opportunities, volunteering or develop the skills to be able to arrange regular social activities. The theme is WORKING.

Subjects are taught using a mixture of visual resources, games, interactive activities, practical tasks, and repetition to consolidate learning. The use of Makaton and other forms of AAC are actively encouraged.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Face-to-face, classroom and practical activities.

Part-time - maximum of two full days.

How long will my course last?


Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date


Part-time - maximum of two full days


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


You may be eligible to apply for an Educational Maintenance Allowance or Bursary.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness 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.