10 reasons to study in Edinburgh this summer

1. Edinburgh is a city that has it all Where else can you spend the summer studying as well as enjoying the best festivals; visiting half of Scotland’s top attractions for free; submerging yourself in heaps of history; hiking the hills; bathing at beautiful beaches; dropping in on blockbuster film locations; going to gorgeous gardens;…

Peter – EC Student Stories

Peter is gaining international work experience as well as personal growth Twenty-one-year-old Peter, originally from New York, moved to Scotland eight years ago. He told us how studying HND Hospitality Management has shown him a path to new opportunities. “Before coming to College, I worked at Five Guys where I would work for 10 or…

Apprenticeships – how to get started and how to apply

Foundation Apprenticeships Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) are work-based qualifications for senior-phase secondary school pupils. It’s a qualification that takes you out of the classroom and gets your foot in the door with an employer. You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 or S6, it’s the same level of learning as…

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020 – Employer perspectives

Apprentices are employed across Scotland in a wide range of jobs in sectors including engineering, construction, financial and business services, health and social care, digital technology, tourism and food and drink. Last year there were over 28,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts across a wide range of sectors. This includes Graduate Apprenticeships, which provide the opportunity to…

What are Foundation Apprenticeships?

Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) are designed for S5 & S6 school pupils and combine college learning, qualifications and work experience with top organisations while you are still at school.     FA’s allow pupils to enhance their kill set with skills and qualifications that employers need. Whether you are looking to go straight into employment, join…

Steph – EC Student Stories

Steph is on her way towards a career in mental health research Thirty-four-year-old Steph Logan tells us how she’s getting a second chance to achieve her dreams after joining Edinburgh College’s Life Sciences Access (SWAP) course. “I’m doing something I never imagined to be possible. The best exam grade I gained in school was a…

Guest Blog – by Alizah Mughal (HND Civil Engineering)

Nineteen-year-old HND Civil Engineering student Alizah Mughal won the chance, alongside her school teammates, to attend a prestigious industry conference in Singapore in winter 2019, following their success in a UK-wide design competition – the Design, Engineer and Construct (DEC) competition. Here Alizah tell us about her experience of attending and presenting at the Year…

Summer School 2020 – everything you need to know

Edinburgh College has hosted an English Language Summer School for more than 30 years. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Summer School and how to apply: How do I apply for Summer School? Applications for Summer School 2020 are now open. You can apply online using our digital application form. Then we…

Elections 2020: Nominations are now open!

The Students’ Association is run by a team of elected student officers. Each year, they’re up for election, and that’s where you come in! This is the best job you’ll ever have. Check out what previous officers have said about their experiences here and here. The three full-time officers each have a remit they work on: our President…

Preparing for your College application

Applying for college can seem a daunting task with many components to consider. However, it doesn’t need to be confusing. With a bit of organisation (and some top tips from us) taking the next step towards your future can be easy. Choosing your course When choosing from the wide range of excellent courses we have…

Around the world with our International team in 2019

December is the time of year to reflect on your achievements and set new goals for the year (or even decade!) ahead – and that is exactly what our International team is doing! 2019 saw us welcome students from countries across the world to study with us on our English Language Summer School, bespoke training…

How to write a personal statement

When you apply for a course at College you will need to write a personal statement. The statement is a few paragraphs of text that tell the College why you should be considered for a place on your chosen course. Teachers from various subjects have provided some guidance on what they think makes a good…

How to pay for your studies after a break from education

If you are an adult returning to education then you need to know how to pay for college. This includes fees and other costs such as childcare, travel and textbooks. Here is some information below with links to other resources. Full-time students If you’re aged 25 and over, and depending on the income of yourself…

How to support your family with their college application

If you are a parent of a child who is thinking of applying to college then this blog post is for you. Helping your child apply when you’ve maybe been out of education for a while can be difficult, especially if you don’t know much about the College. Below is a guide on how you…

Supporting Care Experienced Week 2019

A Q&A with head of Student Experience Monica Hoenigmann What does being Care Experienced mean? The term “Care Experienced” refers to anyone who has been, or is currently, in care. The care they have been provided may have been given in a range of different settings including foster care, residential care, kinship care, care leaver,…