National 5 Gateway National 5

What is special about this course?

This course is intended mainly for students who have not acquired sufficient National 5 qualifications to progress to the level 6 course, Highers Academy.  The course will provide a bridging qualification between level 4 and level 6.

It is also designed to provide opportunities for students who wish to gain entry to further education courses, but who currently lack the necessary qualifications.

Students also have the option of studying this course on a part-time basis.

Students may also progress from one of the level 4 courses offered by UHI Outer Hebrides

Entry requirements

  • A pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.

  • If the subject is to be studied for the first time e.g. social subjects, the ability to work at level 5 and a keen interest in the subject is required.

  • Adult returners do not require any formal qualifications but must have the ability to work at level 5.

The course will offer the following National 5s:

  • National 5 Administration and IT

  • National 5 Care

  • National 5 English

  • National 5 Gaelic Learners

  • National 5 Gàidhlig

  • National 5 Mathematics

  • National 5 Physics

  • National 5 Business

In addition to this full-time students will study British Computer Society modules.

How will I study my course?

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

Face to face

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 for further information on fees and funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The course will enable students to progress from a level 5 course to the Highers Academy course, and therefore provide access to Higher Education courses to fulfil their personal, social and economic potential.

Is there more information available online?

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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.