Irvine Royal Academy currently offers S4 pupils the following Skills for Work courses at Level 4/5:

·       Barista Training

·       Bike Maintenance

·       Nail Bar

All courses listed above are accredited and delivered in partnership with Ayrshire College. Lecturers from the college are scheduled to attend Irvine Royal Academy weekly to deliver sessions on site alongside school teaching staff.

These courses are partially funded by Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire and the Princes Trust.




This course is split into three main areas: barista skills, hospitality training and events management. S4 pupils attend Barista for four periods each week and will divide their time between barista theory and practical learning. Successful completion of this course will equip students with an in depth knowledge of the hospitality industry, whilst also developing their skills for life, learning and work.

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As part of their events management module, pupils have the opportunity to organise and get involved in various events across the school calendar throughout the year; such as coffee mornings, festive drink tastings, staff wellbeing meetings and the Halloween Ghost Tour to name a few! So far this year, Royal Aroma have donated £219.20 to MacMillan Cancer Care following their successful festive coffee morning in December 2022. 

Royal Aroma has developed, going from strength to strength over the past few years and becoming a profitable business in August 2023. Loyalty cards can be purchased from Miss McNeil for anyone wanting their caffeine fix, with all profits going towards diversifying their menu and creating opportunities for classes.


“The barista class is such a welcomed addition to Irvine Royal. I love seeing the pupils engaging and growing in confidence – watching them succeed in and out the classroom. I love how they adapt their menus for different seasons and events. Their hot chocolate is always one of the highlights of my day!” – Mr Elliot, Teacher of Business Education





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P7/S1 Welcome Videos

The different departments have created short welcome videos to introduce the staff and the subjects taught in them. Have a look and see who your teacher could be.