When you first think of college, what do you think of? Five days of learning a week, not too dissimilar from school, only for young people on their first steps into adult life? Well actually, although you might be right, there are many options for studying at college that can work around your needs, whatever they might be, and whatever stage in life you are at.
With Edinburgh College’s 5th Birthday around the corner we wanted to run down the top 5 ways to study at college:
Full-time studying is on average 3 days per week at college, taught on a college campus. Full-time studying is perfect if you work part-time or on the weekends. Full-time study for National Qualification (NQ) and other non-advanced courses generally requires you to attend college on 3.5 days per week for the college year (20 hours). For HNC or HND, full-time is 3 full days per week (15 hours).
Part-time or open learning
Part-time courses are generally 1 or 2 days per week at college, which is great if you want to study around childcare or work commitments. There are part-time day courses and part-time evening courses. Open learning is also an option for you if you need the flexibility of studying between shifts or other responsibilities. You study online with minimal requirements to attend a college campus (mainly for induction and assessments). Tutors are on hand to provide guidance and support.
If you are still at school and are bored of the usual subjects, you can study at college as one of your column choices. Doing a college course while at school will provide you with skills and experience which can boost your employment prospects and enhance your CV or university application. Courses range from engineering to computer games development. Find out more about your options here.
The college offers Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs). MA students typically study on a block release basis from work with college tutorials. You must be employed to become a modern apprentice. FA students are senior phase school pupils who are still attending school and attend college on a part-time basis alongside an industry work placement. Find out everything you need to know about FAs here.
There are plenty of options for studying whilst working in order to progress professionally. Work-based qualifications include Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), Professional Development Awards (PDAs), Modern Apprenticeships and professional accredited courses. Attendance can be either day-release or block release.
If you have any questions about how to study at Edinburgh College, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 660 1010.