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Skills for Work courses are available for young people in Scottish secondary schools and colleges. The aim of the courses is to enable young people to develop practical skills and to improve their employment prospects by developing a range of employability skills.  The courses are mainly taken in further education colleges, which work in partnership with the school. Employers and training providers may also be involved.

Skills for Work courses are different because they focus on generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace. The courses offer opportunities for learners to acquire these critical generic employability skills through a variety of practical experiences that are linked to a particular area such as construction, hairdressing, hospitality, etc.

The courses also widen students' opportunities for progression and prepare them for further learning and employment.

What courses are available?

There are a number of subjects currently available. Further information on these courses are on the Scottish Qualifications Authority website. Follow the links below to find downloadable resources in the NQ resource database.

How are courses assessed?

Courses at National 3, National 4 and National 5 consist of a number of National Units. Achievement will be assessed at key points throughout the course and learners will be actively involved in both the learning and assessment processes. The assessment will involve a variety of approaches including gathering folios of evidence, personal records, activity checklists and short tests.   

To gain a course award, learners will be required to successfully complete all of the units which make up the course. In line with similar qualifications, these courses will not be graded and will therefore not require a final course exam.

Arrangements documents for Skills for Work subjects can be found on the Scottish Qualifications Authority website.

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