"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this year, it was an excellent stepping stone and has provided me with the opportunity to continue with my studies here at the college with a view to study for a degree in due course," says Kelly MacKay, a student at Lews Castle College UHI who has recently completed the National 5 Gateway Programme.


  • NC Engineering (SCQF Level 5) Fabrication and Welding
  • SVQ Level 2 (SCQF Level 5 & 6) Performing Engineering Operations
  • NC Engineering (SCQF Level 6) Fabrication and Welding

The Highers Academy course offers the opportunity to carry on with school subjects to Higher level, but in a new environment.

Ellie MacIver explains: "I started on the Highers Academy course in September 2018.  I was not enjoying school, but I did not want to leave without getting some Highers.