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 Inverness College UHI 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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

This course will be delivered by blended learning - a combination of face to face and remote learning. You will attend campus in person two days per week (one of which will be outdoors) and you will access timetabled sessions remotely, via your computer or device, one day per week.
  • 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?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



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


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

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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What our students, graduates and staff say

"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

“My dad was in the RAF and we travelled all over with him, so I’d always been interested in joining the military. Preparation for the Uniformed and Emergency Services programme was a perfect opportunity to see whether it was the right career for me. I really enjoyed the course. It gave me the best grounding to improve my fitness levels and to find out more about the options available across the uniformed and emergency services through talks and visits," - Meghane Griffiths, who successfully passed her fitness assessments and joined The British Army’s Royal Logistic Corps as an ammunitions technician in May 2019. “The course definitely prepared me – it got my fitness levels up and my confidence levels. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but this course opened up my mind to different possibilities. Even if you’re not sure if the uniformed or emergency services are for you, it was the perfect platform to improve my fitness to prepare me for the next step.”

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