Senior Phase (S4-6) Course Information 2017/18 Oban High School Vision and Values

Higher Early Education and Childcare

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Higher Early Education and Childcare

SCQF 6 (Higher)

The Course will form an important part of the national provision, both for those who have identified the field of early education and childcare as their chosen career path and also for any candidates following a programme of study at Higher level who may wish to extend their educational experience. The knowledge acquired in the areas of child development, developmental theory and holistic approaches to child health may be transferable to other academic or career pathways, particularly those which involve working with children.

The Course provides opportunities for you to:

  • acquire specialist knowledge and understanding required to contribute to the care, learning and development of children aged 0-12 years.

  • develop the ability to apply knowledge to a range of early education and childcare environments.

  • develop the ability to analyse and evaluate within the early education and childcare setting.

This Course comprises three mandatory Units, as follows:

DM3X 12

Child Development: Birth to 12 Years (H)

1 credit (40 hours)

DM3Y 12

Developmental Theory in Early Education and Childcare (H)

1 credit (40 hours)

DM40 12

Holistic Approaches to Child Health (H)

1 credit (40 hours)

Course assessment

To achieve the Course award the candidate must pass all the internal assessments associated with the component Units and the Course assessment. The candidate’s grade is based on the Course assessment.

The external assessment will consist of two question papers each with a time allocation of 1hr 20 minutes and each worth 50 marks. The total mark available is 100. There is a break of 20 minutes between each paper. Further details of the Course assessment are given in the Course Assessment Specification and in the Specimen Question Paper.

Progression Route

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Career Ideas: Social Worker, Nursing, Health Visitor, Midwife, Chilcare Worker, Nursery Manager.

Skills for Work - Construction Crafts

The Construction Crafts Courses are a practical introduction to a wide range of construction trades. At National 4 you will gain a broad experience in seven important trades, and National 5 will give you a more in-depth experience of three trades. The crafts-specific Units are in trades with high levels of identified skill shortages.
These courses will be suitable for you if you have an interest in practical work. You will learn a variety of skills in the trade-specific Units, which have been selected for those trade areas with identified skill shortages. You will also have a chance to develop skills and attitudes that will improve your employability in any industry.
National 4

At National 4, this course is made up of eight 20 hour Units. Five of these Units are mandatory and the remaining three will be chosen by your tutor from seven optional 20 hour Units. You should check with your school which optional Units are on offer as facilities will vary.

National 4 Mandatory Units

National 4 Optional Units

Employability Skills

Practical Copper Pipework

Half Brick Walling

Brickwork Techniques

Decorative Painting

Carpentry and Joinery Techniques

Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery

Decorative Finishing Using Water-borne Paints



Roof Tiling

National 5

At National 5, this course consists of four 40 hour Units. Three of the Units are mandatory and the remaining Unit will be chosen by your tutor from two optional Units. You should check with your school which optional Unit will be on offer.

National 5 Mandatory Units

National 5 Optional Units

Employability Skills

Plumbing of Sanitary Appliances

One Brick Walling

Decorative Painting Techniques

Bench Joinery

Progression Routes

Group 265

Career Ideas: Bricklayer, Carpenter/Joiner, Plumber, Electrician, Construction Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Architectural Technologist.

Skills for Work - Engineering Skills

These Courses focus on the four broad areas of Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic, Fabrication and Manufacture. This will allow you to gain basic transferable skills which can be applied to any of the above engineering areas. The generic employability skills are integrated into each Unit and will be delivered alongside the practical activities of each Unit. This will help you to understand that skills such as time-keeping, following instructions and carrying out quality checks of your own work are just as important as the practical skills which you will learn.

National 4

National 4 Mandatory Units




Manufacture and Assembly

This course is made up of 4 mandatory units and the final Manufacture and Assembly Unit allows you the opportunity to bring together the mechanical, electrical/electronic and fabrication skills you have learned in the previous units.

Students will learn to use the correct tools and components to set up and use a low voltage circuit, make an object using basic skills including bolting, riveting, screwing, soldering welding and the use of adhesives and learn how to use basic tools and develop the skills of measuring, marking, cutting, shaping, drilling and tapping.

National 5 Mandatory Units

Mechanical and Fabrication

Electrical and Electronic


Design and Manufacture

National 5

The course follows similar learning and assessment methods but has been designed to provide a basis for progression into further education or for moving directly into training or employment within an engineering sector. The overall purpose of the Course is to ensure that you will start to develop the generic and practical skills, knowledge and understanding and employability skills needed within an engineering sector.

Students will select and use the correct tools and components and follow circuit diagrams to set up working low voltage circuits for certain purposes, also learn the tools and procedures used to test, disassemble, repair and re-assemble suitable items and learn how to use basic tools to make an object using basic engineering skills of cutting, shaping, drilling, forming and joining.

Students will develop their computer aided draughting (CAD) skills to design, construct and test a project item, producing a suitable report of this project

Progression Route

Group 304

Career Ideas: Careers in the engineering sector can include – Mechanical, Manufacture, Maintenance, Fabrication, Welding, Electrical, Electronic, Foundry, Automotive, Control, Transport, Aeronautical, Communications, Space, Energy Generation, Conservation, Marine, Water Desalination, Oil/Gas and Petroleum.

Skills for Work - Hairdressing

The opportunity to acquire skills in hairdressing is offered on this course. The units will allow you to decide if you are interested in following a career in the industry. It will give you an understanding of what’s it’s like to work in a salon and what your employer will expect from you. A high standard or personal presentation is essential.

As well as giving you experience in practical hairdressing skills, this course will also teach you more general skills and attitudes required for the workplace to prepare you for employment.

You will gain practical experience of general salon duties to support stylists and assist with client care, and more specific skills such as shampooing, conditioning and drying hair. You will also have the chance to explore the creative side of hairdressing.

National 4 Mandatory Units

Working in the Salon

Salon Awareness

Employability Skills

National 4

This basic hair qualification covers the kind of apprenticeship skills required by the hairdressing industry. There are 4 Mandatory units in this course, each assessed by National Assessment Bank (NAB) materials.

You will design your own mood board and work on your own creations on a mannequin head. You will learn about customer care and how important it is to work with others within a team, and you will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different staff within a salon environment.

You will be given the opportunity to enter the Argyll College competition in hairdressing and the chance to win products or services from the college salon.

National 5

National 5 Mandatory Units

Working in a Salon Environment

Salon Skills

Creativity Trends

Introduction to Colour*
Some students can join this more advanced course directly, while others are better completing the Nat. 4 course first. Again, the course consists of 4 units with NAB assessments:

You will be given the chance to develop your creativity by researching this year’s looks and gaining an understanding of how fashion trends influence hair styles. You will develop an understanding of salon duties, health and safety law, reception work and customer care. You’ll learn or develop practical salon skills such as shampooing hair, applying conditioning treatments using massage techniques, hair-up styles and blow drying hair. In the final unit you will gain a basic understanding of the colouring process, learning about preparing hair before the colouring, and learn the basics of colour application.

*Students under 16 years of age will not be allowed to work with colour products or have their hair coloured.

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Career Ideas: Salon junior stylist; colour technician; TV or theatre stylist; mobile hairdresser, cruise ship stylist, salon owner.

Skills for Work - Health & Social Care

SCQF 6 (Higher)

This course will introduce you to the nature of health and social care work. It includes investigating the types of health and social care establishments that are available and the roles of care workers in these settings.  You will also be investigating the principles of good care practice and exploring what constitutes day to day care work, for example identifying people’s needs and strengths and learning how care workers try to meet those needs through care plans.

Health, safety and protection issues are important within health and social care settings and you will explore these issues and some practical approaches to dealing with them. Using the insights gained from psychology you will also explore how to support service-users in an informed way. This will include a study of how people develop, how to help raise self-esteem and how to help service-users manage their stress. This will help you to become a flexible health and social care worker should you decide to pursue a career in this sector.

You may have the opportunity to develop your skills through work placements or simulation exercises, investigation and group work. You will be involved in evaluating your own skills, setting personal goals and reviewing your progress during the Course. The emphasis throughout the Course will be on experiential learning and developing the knowledge and skills valued by the care sector

The course has 4 mandatory units and you will be assessed for each unit using National Assessment Bank (NAB) materials.

SCQF 6 Mandatory Units

Understanding and Supporting People in Health and Social Care Settings

Care Principles and Practice

Working in Health and Social Care Settings

Health, Safety and Protection Issues in Care Settings

Skills for Work - Maritime Skills


SCQF 5 Mandatory Units

Seamanship: An Introduction

Maritime Environment: An Introduction

Small Boat Engineering

Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector

Employability and Careers in the Maritime Sector

This 5 unit Maritime Skills course combines practical and theory based activity including small-boat based activities on the water using the College RIB. It is an introduction into the Maritime Industry and has been designed to provide students with opportunities to develop general skills needed to work in the maritime sector.

Students will be introduced to the operation of boats and their equipment in the unit Seamanship: an Introduction including the following practical activity:-

  • Boat handling, the use of ropes, wires and chains

  • effective anchoring, mooring and the securing of a vessel

An introduction is given to marine navigation where candidates learn how to:-

  • use a marine chart, plot the position of a vessel using standard marine instruments

  • how to take account of the weather for all marine activity.

The safety aspects of any job in the maritime sector are tackled in the Unit Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector. Safe working practices on board ship, life saving principles, basic first aid and basic fire safety are considered.

Students will be required to enter the water safely wearing life jackets (done in the swimming pool!).
Through the Small Boat Engineering unit students also study and carry out the basic engineering involved with small boats such as routine care and maintenance of the engines and auxiliaries and pumping and steering mechanism.

Progression Route

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Career Ideas: Commercial sea-fishing, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, inland waterways and marine leisure, ports and harbours.

Skills for Work - Rural Skills

National 4

This course will enable you to gain a qualification and help you gain knowledge and skills in horticulture and countryside management. It will give you an understanding of what it’s like to work in the outdoor environment and an opportunity to gain valuable employability skills.

The skills you will learn are transferrable and provide progression pathways to employment or training in areas other than Rural Skills.

National 4 Mandatory Units

Estate Maintenance

Land-based Industries

Employability Skills for Land-based Industries

Crop Production

Soft Landscaping

You will participate in a number of activities including practical projects, theory classes, and site visits. The course aim is to develop a range of skills that will prepare you for either progression to further study or employment.

Progression Route

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Career Ideas:

Countryside Management

Estate work

Plant nurseries

Landscape gardener

National parks

Skills for Work - Travel & Tourism

These courses are designed to provide you with a broad introduction to the travel and tourism industry and to enable you to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to work in the travel and tourism industry.

You will experience a range of work related activities relevant to the travel and tourism industry.

SCQF4 (National 4)

You will be introduced to a range of jobs across the travel and tourism industry and will gain an understanding of the skills and qualities identified by employers as being the most important. You will learn about promoting products and services and how to deal with customer issues, and you will carry out investigations of Travel and Tourism in Scotland, the UK and rest of the world.

National 4 Mandatory Units

Travel and Tourism: Employability

Travel and Tourism: Customer

Travel and Tourism: Scotland

Travel and Tourism: UK and Worldwide

SCQF5 (National 5)

You will develop skills which will help you become an effective job-seeker and employee and learn to deal effectively with all aspects of customer care and customer service in travel and tourism.

You will gain product knowledge and skills to deal effectively with customer enquiries in relation to travel and tourism in Scotland, the rest of the United Kingdom and worldwide

At SCQF level 5, you will be expected to work alone or with others on tasks with minimum support

National 5 Mandatory Units

Travel and Tourism: Employability

Travel and Tourism: Customer Service

Travel and Tourism: Scotland

Travel and Tourism: UK and Worldwide

Progression Route

Group 380

Career Ideas: Travel Agency Consultant; Tour Operator; Travel Rep.

National Progression Award in Cosmetology

National 4

The NPA in Cosmetology at National 4 allows you the choice of sampling hairdressing, barbering, beauty, and make-up artistry disciplines while gaining a recognised qualification which meets the needs of the Hair and Beauty industries.

The NPA in Cosmetology includes five mandatory Units, which cover topics such as Working with others, product awareness, assisting in a workplace, health and safety and career options, working with customers and colleagues and one optional unit which will be chosen by your tutor.

National 4 Mandatory Units

National 4 Optional Units

Working with Customers and Colleagues

Barbering — Practical Skills

Product Awareness

Hairdressing — Practical Skills

Career Options and Choices

Beauty — Practical Skills

Health and Safety

Make Up Artistry — Practical Skills

Prepare and Assist in a Workplace Environment

AGroup 443ssessments are carried out towards the end of the Units and are practical in nature, reflecting the practical emphasis of the Units, testing the expertise in each of the subject areas.

Progression Route

Career Ideas: Salons, hotels, cruise ships or self-employed.
Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS)

The Open University

The Open University

YASS is available to S6 students only who have achieved at least 3 Higher in S5.

YASS enables pupils to stretch themselves academically without the need for them to enter a traditional university early or wait until they leave school for their first experience of Higher Education. It also allows young motivated pupils to gain experience of a more independent style of learning which will stand them in good stead when they continue their degree level studies – particularly in competitive subjects like medicine or law.

YASS is a unique opportunity for students to experience learning at university level and develop their study and independent research skills. As well as enabling them to take the first step towards an Open University degree qualification, it also helps them develop an impressive academic portfolio which will differentiate them from other students when it comes to applying to other universities at a time of increased competition.

Open University modules provide an opportunity for students to deepen their existing knowledge or try a completely different subject. Students taking arts subjects at Higher or Advanced Higher level might like to study Maths or Science to broaden their skills for example. Alternatively they might opt for an Open University module which relates closely to their Higher or Advanced Higher level subjects – improving their knowledge and helping them to approach topics in a different way.

Open University modules are available in the following areas: Art, Business and Management, Computing and ICT, Education, Engineering and Technology, Environment, Health and Social Care, Languages, Law, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences as well as Sport.

Full course and assessment information can be accessed at

If you wish to study a YASS course in S6 you should see Mr Champion for a registration pack.

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