Highers Academy Higher

What is special about this course?

This course is intended mainly for students who have not acquired sufficient Higher qualifications in school to progress to a Higher Education course (HNC or degree level). The course will provide a bridging qualification between school and HE.

It is also intended for mature learners who, although educated to HE level, have not achieved appropriate FE level qualifications in school which would enable them to progress on to post-graduate courses. A part-time option is available.

It is also possible to attain a combination of Highers and National 5 qualifications (See National 5 Gateway course for subjects available).

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 4 Standard Grades/National 5s at level 3 or above

  • Adult returners or students who have been home schooled do not require any formal qualifications but must demonstrate that they have the ability to work at level 6.

All students will have a face-to-face interview with the programme leader

Highers are available in the following subjects

  • Mathematics

  • Business Management

  • English

  • Gaelic (Learners)

  • Gàidhlig Fluent Speakers

  • Psychology

  • Modern Studies

  • Care

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Distance learning
  • Online
  • Vocational Pathway

Face to face

Psychology, English, Modern Studies and Gaelic (Learners) are available in online format.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Barra Campus)
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Benbecula Campus)
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Remote Learning)
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Lochmaddy Campus)
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Cnoc Soilleir Campus)

Start date



Please contact leadmissions@uhi.ac.uk for further information on fees and funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The course enables successful students to gain Highers to progress to HN/Degree level courses at UHI and other Higher Education institutions.

Is there more information available online?

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“This course has given me multiple opportunities and enhanced my confidence and skills. Lews Castle College provides a comfortable environment where learning is enjoyable. The tutors are fair, helpful and understanding and they have a good relationship with their students”.


“This course gave me direction. I had so much fun with the people I met on this course”

Apply for Highers Academy Higher

I want to start in 2022/23

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. UHI Outer Hebrides 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.