Higher Academy (Higher)

Lews Castle College UHI


Lews Castle College Campus, Stornoway Campus


This course is intended mainly for students who have not acquired sufficient Higher qualifications in school to progress to a Higher Education course (HNC or degree level). The course will provide a bridging qualification between school and HE.

It is also intended for mature learners who, although educated to HE level, have not achieved appropriate FE level qualifications in school which would enable them to progress on to post-graduate courses. A part-time option is available.

Higher subjects include:
Physics, Computing Science, English, Maths, Gaelic (Learners), Gàidhlig Fluent Speakers, Psychology, Administration and IT, Modern Studies, Care, Childcare and Development.

It is also possible to attain a combination of Highers and National 5 qualifications (See National 5 Gateway course for subjects available).

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 5 or above.



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

1 year


Education and Childcare

SCQF Level