Get a head start on your future.

We have a wide range of courses which will set you on the right career path from an early age.

Delivered in partnership with local secondary schools, our school-link courses will help you to learn more about the many different careers available to you and discover which one is right for you. Courses available to school pupils include the innovative SCOTS (School-College Opportunities to Succeed) programme, Higher National Certificates, Foundation Apprenticeships and a range of vocational qualifications. You can look forward to lots of hands-on learning and get your first taste of life post-school. So what are you waiting for? Take your first step towards that dream job.

SCOTS Programme

Our innovative SCOTS programme provides an opportunity for pupils in S4 to attend College to experience eight different subjects from across the College curriculum:


  • Business, Administration & Tourism
  • Care
  • Construction



  • Creative Industries
  • Engineering
  • Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Science

“It was because of SCOTS that I stayed on to do my sixth year at school. I want to coach sport to kids and the SCOTS course gave me the focus on the qualifications I would need to get. I think I would have been unemployed right now if it was not for the SCOTS programme. It has been a very good thing for me and would definitely recommend people to think about SCOTS in their fourth year.”

Declan Carson, Denny High School

School/College Vocational Courses

We also have a range of vocational courses aimed at pupils in S4, S5 and S6 pupils - these courses provide a great platform for pupils to gain a recognised qualification in an area of interest. 

Vocational Courses available

  • Creative Industries
  • Construction Crafts
  • Early Education and Childcare
  • Engineering Skills
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Make-up Artistry
  • Psychology
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Sound Production

HNC Courses for School Pupils

Our dedicated HNC Schools programme enables school pupils to gain an HNC qualification whilst in their senior phase at high school.  

This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to embark on their chosen career path early, enhance their application for College or University - as they will have a competitive edge over other candidates or enter employment in their chosen field directly after leaving school.

  • HNC Civil Engineering
  • HNC Computing
  • HNC Electrical Engineering
  • HNC Police Studies
  • HNC Sports Coaching and Development of Sport

HNC Schools

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed by the national skills agency Skills Development Scotland (SDS). They combine academic learning with hands-on skills to develop the knowledge, skills and work experience that will help to broaden options for students, enabling them to go on to complete a Modern Apprenticeship, attend college or university or go directly into employment. 

This innovative scheme links the college with local employers and aims to help senior school pupils to build their future careers.

The frameworks are based on the success of existing MA qualifications. Pupils will embark on the programmes in either S4 or S5 with the duration varying depending on the subject area. Pupils will spend time undertaking hands-on learning at college and with a training provider and also benefit from high quality work experience with local employers such as the Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, the Prudential and other local business partners.

“I really want to work as a nurse in cancer care and I think this programme will be a great experience for me to learn about health care in general. I have always wanted to work in health care as my parents have worked in this sector. The Foundation Apprenticeship has been really good so far and I am looking forward to the placements.”

Gayle Roberston, Bo'ness Academy - Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services & Health Care

Foundation Apprenticeships available

  • Children and Young People
  • Social Services and Health Care


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