Highers and National 5


This full-time SCQF level 5 course is designed to provide opportunities for students to obtain entry to Further Education courses, but who currently lack the necessary qualifications.  The course is also tailored towards adult learners who want to return to their studies or develop their careers.  There is flexibility to also study on a part-time basis.

Who is the course for?

The course is equally suitable for 16 to 19-year olds in school and Further Education, and adult learners, including returners to the workplace and those who wish to prepare for a career change.

This course is online, making it ideal for those who may be working and/or wish to improve their previous grade.  It can also be a great help to parents who wish to brush up on their maths to assist their children, who will be sitting these exams in the near future.  The course includes short videos on different teaching points, available to watch when revising or reinforcing a part of the course.   

Alongside progression into work, students can progress to further study at SCQF level 6; for example, Highers Academy.

What will the course involve?

This National 5 Gateway programme gives students the opportunity to study a range of National 5s.  This can be in

  • Maths
  • English
  • Gaelic/Gàidhlig
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Administration and IT
  • Care