Personal and Vocational Studies Level 4 NQ

What is special about this course?

The National Qualification in Personal and Vocational Studies is designed to allow learners to gain experience and to develop the skills to enable them to progress to further education, training, volunteering or employment.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing award will encourage the learner to explore and understand issues around mental health and to develop positive coping strategies.  It also allows the opportunity for development of skills and learning, life and work which may enhance opportunities for employment and help learners to become responsible, contributing citizens.

The course consists of five awards:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Award
  • Employability Award
  • Skills for Work Level 4
  • Steps to Work Level 4
  • Saltire Volunteering Award

Entry requirements

Candidates undertaking a level 4 NQ should possess Core Skills at SCQF level 3 on entry to the programme. Adult returners will have prior experience taken into consideration. Also based on a satisfactory interview and an ability to work at National 4 level.

Employability Award Level 4

Preparing for Employment
Building Own Employability Skills
Dealing with Work Situations

Skills For Work – Hairdressing Level 4

Hairdressing: Salon Awareness
Hairdressing: Working in the Salon
Hairdressing: Employability Skills
Hairdressing: Creativity


Skills for Work Engineering Level 4

Engineering Skills: Mechanical
Engineering Skills: Fabrication
Engineering Skills: Electrical/Electronic
Engineering Skills: Manufacture and Assembly


Skills for Work Rural Level 4

Estate Maintenance: An Introduction
Land Based Industries: An Introduction
Employability Skills for Land Based Industries

Award in Volunteering Skills Level 4

Preparing to Volunteer
Volunteering Experience
Volunteering: Investigative Project

Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

Influences on Mental Health and Wellbeing
Understanding Mental Health Issues
Coping Strategies and Building Resilience

Steps to Work Award Level 4

Employability Units

Saltire Volunteering Award

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Blended Learning

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)

    Please note, UHI Outer Hebrides will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

Students who achieve the NQ Personal and Vocational course may progress to:

  • Other relevant College courses at level 4 or 5
  • Other appropriate training options, employment or a volunteering opportunity

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We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23

I want to start in 2023/24

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. Please note, UHI Outer Hebrides will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study. 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.