Lifeskills (NQ) @ SCQF Level 3


The purpose of this course is to develop skills that will support you for life and develop your skills towards the world of work. It is an ideal programme if you have successfully completed our Moving on to Further Education course or a similar learning programme and have an interest in continuing in further education with a view to seeking employment or gaining entry to a college programme at Level 4 or above after successful completion of this course.

You will develop personal and employability skills through a variety of topics and will be given support to develop your own personal learning and support plan to meet your personal needs and aspirations.

Working with others is one area that is emphasised throughout this programme and is embedded in a variety of learning activities, projects, and themes.
You may have the opportunity to participate in a work experience placement within the college or in a local supported employment setting. This course offers you a wonderful way to develop your skills and abilities towards supported employment or volunteering.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Full Time, minimum 2.5 days per week. Will be delivered over 36 weeks. All classes are on the college campus.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements are

  • Evidence of SQA qualifications at SCQF Level 2 in a range of subject areas.
  • You must have the ability to engage and participate at the level required for this course.
  • you will take part in an interview/transition process to establish if this course is suitable for you.
  • you must also be able to demonstrate your ability to work independently and with others.
  • Enthusiasm and a desire to learn and develop skills.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

You may be invited to attend an interview and information session.

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Your interview may be face to face, or by phone.

Course Content

You will be learning through three main themes on our course;

Skills for Life
Self and Others
Home Life

You will be learning and developing skills through topics such as

Personal Finance
Personal Presentation skills
Investigating service providers in the local community
Skills in Creative Arts
Keeping active
Preparing for Employment
Employment skills
Computer Basics


A variety of approaches are taken to assessment, for example: practical assessments through observation, building portfolios of evidence of outcomes attained, oral presentations or questions and answer sessions. Assessment is ongoing throughout the session.


Successful completion can provide the opportunity to

  • apply to progress to other college vocational courses e.g., Catering, Care, Engineering or Business Studies.
  • or you may wish to apply to Project Search a suitable employment programme designed to help you be successful in obtaining a job in a competitive employment market.

Career Prospects

Project Search or any other service that offer support into employment

Training opportunities
Volunteering Opportunities

Directly into employment

Further study at college

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

  • Suitable programme for students with learning support needs who are seeking to progress to Project Search and to transition towards employment, or progress to other further educational programmes.
  • Flexibility and personalisation in approaches to learning and teaching to suit individual students.
  • Emphasis on developing vocational skills for work and independent living.

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