Preparation for Work
Supported Learning SCQF Level 2/3

Helping you to explore different subject options to help plan your future and gauge your interest in attending College full-time.


Why take this course?

This course allows you to try out different options at College, which will help you to plan your future and help you to decide whether or not you might like to attend College full-time after leaving school. It also helps you to build key transferrable skills that will prove extremely useful when you progress towards further study or employment.

If the school has informed the College that you may need help in class or at break times, a College Learning Support Assistant (LSA) will be allocated. All workshop-based sessions have an LSA in the class.

What you will experience

You will meet your tutor on the first day of the course, and they will be happy to give you lots of advice and help you with any problems you might be having. Your tutor will check whether you are at College or not, and your school will be informed.

There is a wide range of subject choices available, which your school will go over with you and help you to choose. The College will try to make sure you get your favourite subjects as far as possible, but choices are delivered based on availability – therefore, not all courses can be delivered at both Centres. Core Skills Development and College Tasters are available in:

  • Music
  • Project Work
  • Retail/Customer Service
  • Countryside Skills/Agriculture & Horticulture
  • Construction (including brickwork and joinery)
  • Painting and Decorating
  • General Car Care & Valeting
  • Hospitality
  • Bakery
  • Sport
  • Health and Beauty
  • Digital Media
  • Childcare
male and female student in classroom

Key facts

Entry requirements

The course is designed for pupils in their last year at school who have been working at National 2 or National 3 level, and those that may have had some extra support at school.

What you need to know

Anything else?

You will be given a schedule which will show you which rooms you are in, and College staff will help you to find key rooms when you start you course.

Students normally have a 15-20 minute break in the morning and in the afternoon. Students also have a 45 minute lunch break at Aberdeen City Campus, or 1 hour for those based at the Fraserburgh Campus.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to a full-time course at North East Scotland College:


Upon successful completion of this course you may wish to pursue job opportunities in a subject area that interests you.


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.