In themselves, Highers can certainly improve your job prospects but for many students they are the first step to further study at HNC/HND or degree levels. Many Highers courses are available for daytime study or as evening classes.
National Certificates (NCs) and National Qualifications (NQs)
For some of these courses you will need Standard or O Grades. Full-time, NC and NQ courses typically last one year, but there are part-time courses available too. From here you have the option to carry on to HNC or HND level.
Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND)
HNCs and HNDs are available on a full-time or part-time basis, including evenings and Saturday mornings or day release. Generally, a Higher National Certificate takes one year and a Higher National Diploma two years when studied full-time. Often they give you entry onto a degree at second or third year level.
Professional Development Awards (PDAs) and Recognised Industry Qualifications
We offer a number of PDAs at Certificate, Advanced and Diploma level. Professional qualifications available include those accredited by the Chartered Quality Institute, Institute of Leadership and Management and CISCO.
By studying to degree level at Adam Smith you get the best of both worlds – the dynamic and friendly environment of an established college, working with the University of Abertay Dundee and The Open University.
We offer a wide range of degrees in a variety of disciplines. Several of our degrees are delivered on a full-time or part-time basis allowing you to fit your studies around work or family commitments.
Find out more about the degree opportunities at Adam Smith.
Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)
SVQs cover a wide range of occupations and you can follow them to levels one to five. You can work towards your SVQs at your place of work, at college, or both.
Modern Apprenticeships (MAs)
Typically, students who undertake MAs are already in employment and looking to gain the skills they need to progress in their chosen profession. MAs can be completed in the workplace on a part-time or full-time basis.
The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
The SCQF is a way of comparing the wide range of Scottish qualifications. It covers achievements such as those from school, college, university, and many work-based qualifications. It does this by giving each qualification a level and a number of credit points. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. The credit points show how much learning is involved in achieving that qualification.
For more information visit www.scqf.org.uk