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Access and Continuing Education

Introduction To College for Schools (SCP)

Campus Midlothian Campus
Milton Road Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 3

Study mode Part time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Multiple available

Choose your study options

Campus Milton Road Campus Study mode Part time Start date 24/01/22 Duration 20 Weeks
Campus Midlothian Campus Study mode Part time Start date 25/01/22 Duration 20 Weeks

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Course overview

These courses are for pupils thinking about coming to college after they leave school and who have additional support need, or a barrier to learning. 


The courses are part-time and run for 18 weeks. We run two options, each lasting around five hours per week:

  • SCQF level 1-2 available at either Milton Road or Sighthill campuses (mornings)
  • SCQF level 3-4 which is available at Milton Road, Granton, Sighthill and Midlothian (afternoons)

What you will learn

The aim of these courses is to give pupils a positive transition experience and to assess their suitability for a course at college.

A wide range of practical and classroom-based subject areas is covered. This gives pupils a broad experience of the college environment, the topics they would learn about on our full-time courses and a general taste of student life.


Pupils will work as part of a group and learn new ways of engaging with other people, whilst benefitting from a transition from school to college.


Here are some of the things you could be doing: 

• Learning about diversity & international issues
• Teambuilding and group work
• Improving your Digital skills
• Environmental issues
• Health & Wellbeing
• Social skills
• Photography
• Topical subjects

Placement information


How the course is assessed

  • Practical and classroom activities
  • No formal assessments

Number of days per week

  • 2 half days per week

Entry requirements

    No formal qualifications required.  Students who attend these courses typically come from either a mainstream school where they receive some form of support, or from a special school or provision.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

Applications supported by school staff.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

Students completing this course may progress to one of our full-time, Access & Continuing Education courses, as follows:
• Those who attend Introduction to College SCQF level 1-2, would usually progress to one of the following courses:
o Steps towards Independence Programme
o Preparation for Supported Employment
o Entry to Learning level 2


• Those who attend Introduction to College SCQF level 3-4, would usually progress to one of the following courses:
o Entry to Learning level 3 Vocational Routes
o Preparation for Employment first steps
o Princes Trust Programme
o Skills for Life & Work
o Roots
o Just Do It

Career options

  • Courses at Edinburgh College that provide additional support.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Midlothian Campus Part time 24/08/21 20 Weeks
Sighthill Campus Part time 24/08/21 20 Weeks
Milton Road Campus Part time 30/08/21 20 Weeks
Milton Road Campus Part time 24/01/22 20 Weeks
Midlothian Campus Part time 25/01/22 20 Weeks

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