Making Choices - Advice for School Students

We know that coming to the end of school and moving onto higher education can be a daunting time, so we have put together some hints and tips to help you.

Are you leaving school this year and still deciding what to do? You should think carefully about what you want to do in the future, what you enjoy and what you are passionate about.

Remember applications to Lews Castle College UHI are still open for September 2021. You still have time to apply for a wide range of courses including Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas and Degrees, Modern Apprenticeships and more.

Remember to do what feels right for you, there are a huge variety of options available. To help you make the right choice, speak to current students to find out about their student experiences. You can also read LCC UHI student stories here -

Why not join our upcoming Facebook Live Sessions with Skills Development Scotland to find out more and ask any questions you might have? We will be discussing a variety of career and study options as well as inviting College staff and industry experts to share their expertise. You can submit your questions ahead of the event or just drop in and join us on Facebook -

You can also chat to staff from specific subject areas that you might be interested in. They are experts at what they do, and they can offer you lots of help and advice via email, over the phone or via a video chat. Simply email and they can pass on your information to our staff who will call you back.

Study in the Outer Hebrides

Deciding what to do after school is a big decision, and one you should not rush into. If you do not feel ready to move away LCC UHI can provide you with amazing options and opportunities right here in the Outer Hebrides.

There are a huge range of advantages to studying locally and being part of UHI. Moving away, especially in the current climate, can be scary and very expensive. Our islands offer some of the best in music, art, culture, design and innovation. Our Gaelic language and community in the islands offers a huge range of opportunities such a careers in media with the BBC as well as cultural and creative connections. We offer world famous brands and industries like Harris Tweed, new industries such as new deep-water development at Stornoway Harbour to support Wind Engineering and new businesses like the Harris Distillery there has never been a better time to stay and study in the Outer Hebrides.

LCC UHI offer totally unique courses and access to staff expertise that you cannot get at many other college or university. We work closely with local industry to provide special learning opportunities for students and people come from all over the world to study with us and access courses such as Music, Art, Engineering and Health.

We offer you the chance to study in small class sizes with more one-to-one learning with our expert staff. Staff like Dr Chris Macleod who for 20 years was a senior lecturer and the director of research at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Before this he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company and on contract to NASA in the USA. LCC UHI staff can offer you a huge range of expertise from Health to Creative Industries and more.

We also have the Highlands and Islands Student Association who help to create a unique student experience for those studying as part of UHI. There are local representatives who arrange a variety of events, clubs, and opportunities both locally and regionally.

Why not think about Higher National Courses?

A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is equivalent to the first year of a Higher National Diploma (HND) or degree programme and takes one year to complete, or two years part-time. They are practical-based courses that can either prepare you for employment or further study.

HNC/Ds can be a fast-track option to get into the second or third year of many degree programmes. They allow you to stay and study locally without the expense of moving away. At LCC UHI you can also choose to study a HNC/D part time – so you can gain a qualification whilst still working. HNC/Ds are designed to meet the needs of employers and can lead straight to a career. 

At LCC UHI many of our HNC/D qualifications can be studied online– networked with other students – to allow you to study from any of our partner colleges throughout the University of the Highlands and Islands. We offer:

  • HNC Administration and Information Technology
  • HNC/D Business
  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • HNC Music
  • HNC Social Services
  • HNC Computing
  • HNC Jewellery
  • HNC/D Fashion
  • HNC Social Sciences
  • HNC Engineering Systems

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A Modern Apprenticeship is a job which lets you earn a wage and gain an industry-recognised qualification, combining the qualification with on-the-job experience. This lets people work, learn, and earn at the same time. All 16 - 19-year-olds are eligible provided they are in employment. Funding may also be available for ages 20 - 24 and 25+ in certain sectors.

For employers, modern apprenticeships help develop your workforce by training new staff, and upskilling existing employees. Employers who have taken on MAs are positive about the experience. 96% say those who have undertaken a Modern Apprenticeship are more able to do their job. They also praised MAs for improving productivity, staff morale, and service and product quality. Modern Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to enhance Scotland’s work-based learning system and reduce youth unemployment.

Here at Lews Castle College UHI we offer a range of Modern Apprenticeships in Business & Admin, Social Services, Engineering and more.

For more information on becoming an apprentice email our Development Officer Murdo Smith on or visit - to find advice and stories from our current apprentices.


There is still time to consider a degree with LCC UHI and start in September 2021. We understand the pressure so if you simply want to discuss you options get in touch with our dedicated applications team and we can chat through options with you.

There are many routes into education and training, giving you the ability to choose the path that best suits your needs. From our Fine Arts programmes and Gaelic through to Health, Sustainable Rural Development and Engineering we have a huge range of options available to you. Search our courses today -

Find Your Future will LCC UHI

No matter what you decide to study, LCC UHI offer a range of opportunities from short courses through to degree and PhD allowing you to start where you need to and progress as far as you want. We cover subjects from Engineering to Fashion, Music to Maritime and Health to Gaelic. 95% of all college graduates move on to jobs or university and we welcome and support hundreds of students each year, perhaps 2021 is your year to join us?

If you are looking to start your student journey, develop your career, start a part time course or embark on a degree or postgraduate course, LCC UHI can support you from application to graduation.

Find out more at or call us on 01851 770 000