Skillsbuilder 2

What is special about this course?

Skillsbuilder 2 - Part Time

This part-time course (running Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) is aimed at students with moderate learning difficulties. Students will work together to participate in a broad range of subjects based around 'The Keys to Life': Scotland’s Learning Disability Strategy, namely living, working, learning and wellbeing.  

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

Skillsbuilder 2 Part Time is a three-year course for students with moderate learning disabilities.  We aim to develop students' skills and independence, enabling them to lead the life that they aspire for. 

Teaching is student led. They are encouraged to self-reflect and identify specific areas they want to improve their abilities and confidence in.  Peer support and the fostering of a learning community is central to our success.

Students launched their own ‘Ambition Transition’ lunch club which allows them to consider what options (work experience, a job or further study) they would like to pursue during and after college.

Students within Skillsbuilder 2 Part Time have a proud history of raising money for chosen charities. This year, they raised more than £1,500 in aid of the five-year old son of a classroom assistant who has a life limiting disease.  

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

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

Application form and informal conversation.

There are no specific entry requirements for those with moderate learning disabilities applying. Once you have applied, we will arrange a friendly, informal interview to carefully ensure that this course is a match for you.

Example of 2020/21 Skillsbuilder 2 part time Course:

Wed AM

Developing Skills in Creative Arts

Wed PM

Social Events

Thurs AM

Community Activity

Thurs PM

Leisure Activities

Fri AM

Healthy Eating

Fri PM

Independent Living

Weekly one to one Meeting

Studies Advisor with Anne-Marie


Skillsbuilder 2 Full Time

Healthy Living

  • Personal health, sustainable lifestyles, independent living, enterprise activity, eco awareness, food for health

Increasing independence

  • Looking after you home, financial awareness, personal relationships, fundraising, taking part in physical activities, ICT including working with digital images.

Investigating the workplace

  • Safety and security, travel in the community, making decisions, community activity.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

This course will be delivered face to face, on campus. You will attend campus in person three days per week.
  • 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



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


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 or Pathways 3.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

"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

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22

I want to start in 2022/23

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