Personal and Vocational Studies Level 4 NC

What is special about this course?

The National Certificates in Personal and Vocational Skills are designed to allow learners to gain experience and to develop the skills to enable them to progress to further education, training, volunteering or employment.

The course consists of six awards:

  • NC in Personal and Vocational Skills Level 4
  • Personal Development Level 4
  • Skills for Work Level 4
  • Steps to Work Level 4
  • Volunteering Level 4
  • Saltire Volunteering Award

Entry requirements

Candidates undertaking a level 4 NC should possess Core Skills at SCQF level 3 on entry to the programme. Adult returners will be have prior experience taken into consideration. Also based on a satisfactory interview and an ability to work at National 4 level.

NC in Personal and Vocational Skills Level 4

Mandatory Section (8SQA credits) Learners must complete all units

Personal Development Award Level 4

Personal Development: Self Awareness

Personal Development: Self in Community

Personal Development: Self and Work

Personal Development: Practical Abilities

Developing Skills for Employment



Information and Communication Technology


Optional section: Learners must complete 4 SQA credits.

Skills For Work – Hairdressing Level 4

Hairdressing: Salon Awareness

Hairdressing: Working in the Salon

Hairdressing: Employability Skills

Hairdressing: Creativity


Skills for Work Engineering Level 4

Engineering Skills: Mechanical

Engineering Skills: Fabrication

Engineering Skills: Electrical/Electronic

Engineering Skills: Manufacture and Assembly


Award in Volunteering Skills Level 4

Preparing to Volunteer

Volunteering Experience

Volunteering: Investigative Project


Steps to Work Award Level 4

Personal Development: Practical Abilities (mandatory section)

Art and Design Practical Activity


Money Management Level 4

Saltire Volunteering Award

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Face to face.

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Lews Castle College, UHI, Stornoway

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Students who achieve the NC Personal and Vocational course may progress to:

  • Other relevant College courses at level 4 or 5
  • Other appropriate training options, employment or a volunteering opportunity

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Apply for Personal and Vocational Studies Level 4 NC

I want to start in 2020/21

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Lews Castle College UHI. Lews Castle College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.