LEEP Ahead (Life, Education, Employment & Personal Development) SCQF Level 4/5

What is special about this course?

This 18-week course is aimed at care experienced people and individuals who have faced difficulties in their childhood, to help them redress gaps in essential knowledge. Extensive support is offered before the course starts and throughout the programme to help develop personal skills and present wider opportunities for growth within education and employment. 




Entry requirements

This course is suitable for young people from 16-21 who are:
•    Ready to make a change by engaging with and attending the programme for its duration.
•    At a stage in development where college is an appropriate next step.
•    Able to attend three days a week.
•    Care experienced, as outlined by Scottish Funding Council, in order to receive bursary payments.

Individuals who have experienced difficulties in their childhood - such as death of a loved one, bullying, difficulties in engaging with school or exposure to trauma - may also be considered and should contact the team to discuss their eligibility.

The course discretely embeds the learning outcomes of the following SQA units at 
SCQF levels 4 & 5 

  • Understanding Mental Health Issues
  • Influences on Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Coping strategies and Building Resilience
  • Personal Development - Self and Work
  • Personal Development - Self Awareness
  • Working with Others
  • Core Skills - Communication
  • Personal Finance Award
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Curriculum Based Project

How will I study my course?

    There is a combination of theory and practical on this course. An element of self-study is also required.  

    How long will my course last?

    18 Weeks

    Where can I study my course?

      • Inverness Campus

    Start date



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

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    On successful completion, you can progress to a full time course at level 4, 5 or 6 or use your qualification and experience to go into an apprenticeship programme or onto employment. 

    Is there more information available online?

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    Enquiries and applications are to be made through the Access & Transitions team at UHI Inverness, transition.ic@uhi.ac.uk.

    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.