An overview of schooling in Moray






Over 90%

hours of
funded early learning

primary schools

secondary schools

with pre-school provision

pupils in

school leavers employed or
in further


Early years

The Scottish Government currently funds 600 hours of early learning and childcare per year for three, four and eligible two year olds. In Moray, this is delivered by a combination of school nurseries, independent (private and third sector) early learning and childcare providers, and childminders (for two year olds only).

Hours available will increase to 1,140 hours a year for each child by 2020. 

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There are 3,832 16-19 year olds in the area with 91.2% now participating in education, training or employment.

To meet and then exceed the national average of 91.8%, the Moray Skills Pathway provides a structured pathway for young people from aged 3-18 into employment or further education. This coordinated approach links labour market information, learning pathways and local employers with the provision of careers advice and guidance.

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College and University

Whether you are a school leaver, returning to education or looking for a new challenge, Moray College UHI offers a range of academic qualifications to lead you to a successful and rewarding career whatever your passion or interests.

As Moray’s community college they offer further education courses which have a strong work-based focus through content, work placements and realistic work environments.  You can also study HNC, HND, degree and postgraduate courses at the Elgin campus as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

Moray College UHI is also home to one of Scotland's five major art schools, Moray School of Art which offers a vibrant campus for art students, whether their interests lie in fine art, textiles or visual communication.

With expertise in a range of subjects, you’ll find a course to suit you - full time, part time, online or as distance learning.

As part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Moray College has over 8,000 enrolled students undertaking a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. 

Glasgow School of Art

One of Europe’s most renowned international art schools operates the Centre for Design Innovation as a satellite centre in Moray. In addition to employing researchers, the Centre offers student placements and internships with Highlands and Islands businesses, aiming to create new research and commercialisation opportunities. One of its priority research areas is health and wellbeing. It also supports 100 businesses to engage in design led innovation. Glasgow School of Art is one of Britain’s foremost institutions for creative research, education and practice

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