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08 June 2021

Five Things to Know About Returning to College

Returning to education might be a bit daunting, especially if it’s been a while since you last studied. There are lots of things to think about when making the decision to come to college as an adult returner. Here are some things to know about if you are thinking about taking that step.

You can apply for funding to cover some of the costs

If you have faced redundancy or are working less hours as a result of Covid-19, you might be considering returning to college to gain new skills and work towards a new career. There is a financial commitment involved in attending college but you shouldn’t let this put you off as college is an investment in your future. It’s important to remember that there are funding options available to support you financially with your return to study, whether it’s fees, living expenses or childcare.

Have a look at our Funding Tool and the Funding and Fees section of our website to see what options are available.

You can get support with learning to study again

You may be worried about learning how to study again. Writing essays, completing coursework and balancing your studies with work and life can be challenging. Edinburgh College staff are here to help throughout your time at college, and you can get support with revising, writing essays and study tips through our guidance teams as well as teaching staff.

Find out more about how we support our students on our website.

You can change your career and work on something new

Many people return to education to change their career, and you can do the same. College is a great option if you are currently out of work and considering retraining, as you will gain industry knowledge, experience and skills throughout your course to help you land your dream job.

You can also come to college as a way to enhance your skillset through upskilling which can help you progress in your current sector.

You can study a course that suits your needs

At college there are lots of course options available to suit your current needs and help you reach your goals. You can study full-time, part-time or in the evening, meaning you can fit your learning around family, work and other commitments.

If you’ve been out of education for more than three years and are looking to go to university, a SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) course might be for you.

Read our blog about college courses to suit your situation to find out more about upskilling and reskilling.

You can meet people just like you

College is for everyone, so as an adult returner you certainly won’t be the odd one out among a sea of young people. College students are at different ages and stages of life and have different reasons for studying a course with us. From retraining, to turning a hobby in to a career and getting the qualifications to progress to university, our students are all motivated for different reasons.

Ready to start your application? View our courses.