With the 5 year anniversary of Edinburgh College this month, we’re taking a look at the reasons why students have chosen to study here, no matter their background, to get to where they want to go in life. Here’s our top 5.
1. It’s a pathway to university.
College offers courses that act as stepping stones to a university from school. You can get more qualifications in order for you to meet the entry requirements to get into uni. Or, some courses will let you join in the 3rd year of uni depending on the grades you get on your HND.
College can also help you get to university when you’re an adult returner. Our SWAP programmes are designed for adults to get back into education in order to apply for university. If you don’t feel ready to jump back into the world of essays and exams, SWAP courses are a great option.
The truth is, college isn’t everyone’s first choice, it’s quite often a backup. But we’ll take it, because getting students to their destination is a top priority for us, whether that’s by going to uni, or by one of the other options below.
2. You can go straight into employment.
You read that right. Some of our students, depending on their course, can dive right into the world of work, without having to go to university. Apprenticeships are one option that students can take to do this. We have Foundation Apprenticeships which are designed for S4-S6 school pupils who can study for a qualification and get valuable work experience, all whilst still at school. Our Modern Apprenticeships are for those who have left school and looking to learn as they work.
A lot of full-time college courses include work experience while you study giving you loads of experience before you graduate!
Other students leave college to do internships, giving them the experience they need to bag that full-time job. Or some students graduate from college and go straight into their dream career.
3. You can try subjects before you commit.
It’s not quite like trying clothes on in a shop, where you can just put a course back if you don’t like it, but there are courses available which cover a whole range of subjects, meaning you can find out what you like before you specialise at a university. For instance, our Social Sciences courses incorporate History, Geography, Sociology, Psychology and more. If you study Social Science, you could go on to do any one of those at a university.
4. You can progress in your career.
We offer a range of qualifications that can help you to progress professionally. For example, if you are a childcare practitioner, with our PDA Childhood Practice course you could gain the qualification you need to progress to managerial level. Or if you are in the tech industry, maybe a qualification in Cisco is the edge you need for that new job.
5. Get that Higher you never got at school.
We’re all guilty of choosing the subjects that sound ideal at the time, but once we’re older and know what we want to do, the subjects we chose are no longer relevant and aren’t going to help us with the requirements we need. It’s okay though, as you can study National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses in a range of subjects here. So if you aced Higher Music back when you were an aspiring musician, a Maths qualification might help you get back into education to study Finance.