Skillsbuilder 3 SCQF Level 3

What is special about this course?

This full-time course is aimed at students with moderate learning difficulties, where you will continue to develop confidence by working together and problem-solving as a team.  This course offers students a broad range of subjects to develop essential skills and practical abilities, as well as social skills.   

You will learn independent living skills such as food preparation techniques, discover more about the environment with the John Muir Award and develop your creative skills.

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 3 is a one-year programme, which encourages students to self-reflect and identify areas they want to improve upon. Teaching is student led so you have a say in what you learn.

Students are encouraged to participate in activities outwith the classroom, such as The John Muir Award, and develop a small business opportunity as part of the enterprise unit.

Entry requirements

  • Application form and informal interview.

The many and varied units on this course include:

  • Self awareness
  • Digital communication methods
  • Developing essential skills
  • Design activity
  • Local investigations
  • Food preparation techniques

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time


How long will my course last?

1 Years

National 3

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus


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?

  • Most students may be able to progress to Pathways 3

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

"This is a broad ranging, very much student led course that allows the students to reflect on their own skills and develop those areas where there is a deficiency”- Miles Fuller, lecturer for Skillsbuilder 2 Full-Time and personal academic tutor for Skillsbuilder 3.

"I really enjoyed the course. The lecturers are very friendly and supportive, they really encourage you. I'm learning new skills all the time, I've gained confidence and made lots of new friends," - Stuart Ibbertson, a former Skillsbuilder 3 student.


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