Skillsbuilder 2

What is special about this course?

Skillsbuilder 2 - Part Time

Skillsbuilder 2 part-time is a course for learners who require a degree of support in their daily living and learning.

The programme offered has been designed to suit the needs and interests of students with moderate learning disabilities.

Classes are small to promote a supportive, nurturing and enabling environment. A Learning Assistant works alongside the lecturer to facilitate sessions and support the group.

Skillsbuilder 2 part-time works at a more gradual pace than Skillsbuilder 2 full-time.

Enquiries and applications should be directed to:


Skillsbuilder 2 - Full Time

The full-time course (running Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) is aimed at students with moderate learning difficulties. You will develop confidence by working together as a team to participate in a broad range of subjects from science to cooking to rural skills.

It provides an opportunity to develop individual abilities and interests. Subjects include food preparation, arts, leisure activities and social events.

Classes are small to accommodate students and their support workers/carers. A classroom assistant is present in each session to support the learning needs of the students. 

Skillsbuilder 2 is a three-year programme, which centres around healthy lifestyles, increasing independence and investigating the workplace.

Teaching is student led and they are encouraged to self-reflect and identify areas you want to improve confidence in. With students at the centre, they determine the direction of their study.

Students are also encouraged to build social networks, and activities outwith the classroom are encouraged including sponsored events, bake/enterprise sales and work in the community.

Students may stay on this course for a maximum of three years.

Both Skillsbuilder 2 Part Time and Skillsbuilder 2 Full Time are delivered at SCQF Level 2

Entry requirements

•    Ability to communicate consistently using a preferred method 
•    Ability to make and express choices 
•    Ability to participate in discussions  
•    Ability to follow basic instructions 
•    Ability to work in a group setting
•    Ability to reflect/evaluate in a few words

 (see ‘content’ page for more information).

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

Enquiries and applications should be directed to:

Students develop their independence, functional and interpersonal skills as they undertake carefully chosen SQA National 2 topics. 

Inquiry Learning 

Students plan and participate in project-based tasks and inquiry learning to develop confidence and promote collaborative problem solving and peer support. 

Meta Skills 

We focus on developing specific skills such as self-awareness, resilience, and self-confidence, enabling individuals to learn and build new skills and learn to overcome challenges faster. 


Students have chosen to run several successful enterprise events in the local community, including charity pop up shops at Eastgate shopping centre. This real-world experience builds transferable skills for future voluntary or paid work.  

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


How long will my course last?

Skillsbuilder 2 is available part-time and full-time.

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date

August or January start dates available.


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)






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)




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 


 Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Skillsbuilder 2 Part Time

  • Some students may be able to progress to Skillsbuilder 2 Full Time.

Skillsbuilder 2 Full Time

  • Most students will be able to progress to Skillsbuilder 3 

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"The classes are great, we do lots of different things. Being at college has given me lots more independence and it’s taught me to speak up for myself and ask for help if I need it – I never used to do that. I’m now being supported to get some work experience. I don’t think that would have been possible before. Coming here has given me so much more confidence. I love being here" - Amy Urquhart, Skillsbuilder 2 student

“It has been a delight to see students develop the skills, knowledge and ability to decide their long term goals, break them down into achievable steps and then pursue them with our full support, ”- Anne-Marie Harmsworth, lecturer, Skillsbuilder 2 Part Time.

Apply for Skillsbuilder 2

Applications for this subject are currently closed.

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.