Preparation for Uniformed and Emergency Services SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

This course is designed to give students an insight into the employment opportunities within the uniformed and emergency services e.g. the police, fire service, army, navy and RAF, aand to prepare you for a full range of army entrance tests, including core skills and fitness.

This is an UHI Inverness certificated course and on successful completion of all units students will be awarded the SQA National Certificate in Army Preparation at SCQF Level 4.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for applicants.

Entry is at the discretion of the course team and you will be required to attend an interview.

In this course you will study:

  • sporting activity - mountain biking;
  • sporting activity - hill walking;
  • sporting activity - orienteering;
  • map reading and land navigation;
  • problem solving;
  • assisting with an event.

These adventure training units are designed to help you work as a team, build confidence and develop skills required for uniformed and emergency services and sporting industries. Activities take place within the Inverness area including the Cairngorms, Glen Affric and the Great Glen, Learnie Red Rocks Trails on the Black Isle and Fyrish Monument, Ross-shire.

These units will enhance your fitness levels and coaching skills, developing confidence and knowledge. Activities take place in our four-court sports hall and state-of-the-art fitness suite.

  • fitness for the army
  • accident prevention and emergency procedures

Core units will enhance your existing skills and prepare you for further study, entry exams or the world of work.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face-to-face and via the virtual learning environment.


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

    Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

    Scottish students

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)



    Full-time per year



    Rest of UK students

    For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full-time per year


    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full time per year


     Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.

    Additional costs

    You will be required to purchase a kit/uniform as part of this course (approx £500). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    On completing this course, you will have a much greater understanding of the range of careers in the uniformed and emergency services and sporting industries. Many students go on to successfully apply to these services, or pursue employment in the fitness or outdoor industry.

    Many students progress on to further study, including SCQF 5 Outdoor Pursuits, or SCQF Level 5 Sport & Fitness, leading to Level 6 Sports Studies and beyond.

    Is there more information available online?

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    "I play my small part in the course, but it's the client group of students that take ownership for the course.  It's so rewarding to see the progress the students make in such a short time. This is a life changing course and prepares the students for their future careers."

    Rab Boyd, programme leader and ex Sergeant Major

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