Courses at Ayrshire College

Spanish Beginners 1 (no previous language experience)

Campus Attendance Start Date
09: Evenings only and Weekends 07-Sep-2017 Book

SCQF level

Level 5


This course is on a Thursday evening between 6pm - 8pm for 15 weeks.

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This course is aimed at absolute beginners but is also suitable for those with very limited knowledge of the language or for those who studied Spanish some time ago.

What's Involved

You will learn Spanish in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere which will enhance your holiday experience and can improve your employment prospects.

You will cover topics such as talking about yourself and your family as well as work and leisure activities.

This course will not only improve your language ability but also give you a deeper understanding of life and culture in Spanish speaking countries.

You will have the opportunity to progress to the Spanish Beginners 2 class where you will consolidate the basic skills acquired in this class and will cover new topics.



This course is eligible for Individual Learning Account (ILA) or Fee Waiver, depending on individual circumstances. For further information on funding go to Courses then Evening Classes. Apply for your funding now to ensure it is in place before your course starts.

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Sport and Fitness

Ayrshire College offers an excellent variety of award winning sport and fitness courses, whether you are looking for a career in fitness, football, sport science, health and exercise or sports coaching.  Our Sports and Fitness courses are based in Kilmarnock and Irvine, where we offer courses from NC level through to HND, allowing you to progress.

By undertaking our Health and Fitness course you will achieve first class leadership, communication and teamwork skills.  You can expect to grow in confidence and independence and work your way up to gain REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) accreditation at HND level.  

Our unique Sports Science course is the only one of its kind in the west of Scotland and offers progression into employment or university study.

The Football Studies course is delivered in conjunction with a professional football club and allows students to train in a professional football environment.

The Sports Coaching with Development course facilitates high quality learning with industry partnerships. This allows our students to gain sports experience while attending college.

Facilities include modern and fully equipped gyms, sports halls providing excellent games and training facilities, and both campuses offer facilities for fitness and programme testing, coaching skills, sports mechanics and the teaching of anatomy and physiology.  The college benefits from partnerships within the local community, universities, schools and businesses.

Qualifications are aimed at students who want to learn valuable skills in the areas of coaching and training, sports development and fitness assessing, allowing them to enter various careers in the sport and leisure industries.  On completion of their course students have the opportunity for advanced entry to sport and fitness related courses at university or into direct employment as sports coaches, health promotion, personal trainers, community education and gym instructors.


Social Science


Social Science is the study of people and issues that affect everyday society.  Ayrshire College offers the opportunity to study and exciting and diverse range of disciplines from this wide field including psychology, sociology, history, politics, philosophy and criminology.  Our Social Sciences courses will encourage you to ask questions and challenge assumptions about the world we live in.  You will also develop a range of interpersonal skills that will be valuable in your chosen career.

Ayrshire College works in partnership with The Open University to offer a part-time route to an Honours Degree in Social Science with continued access to college facilities.  Our Access to Primary Education (SWAP – Scottish Widening Access Programme) enables students to prepare for degree level courses in Primary Education and Social Sciences or a wide range of relevant vocational courses at college.  Ayrshire College worked with various bodies to devise courses aimed specifically at those who wish to pursue a career with the uniformed services.

Studying Social Science opens the door to many different careers either in a Social Science setting such as Social Services, Social Work, Community/Voluntary Sector Work, Police Force, Local Government, Civil Service, Health Work, Educational Psychology and Teaching or in broader career areas such as Business Studies, Law, Social Policy and Economics. Social Sciences offers a good general education which is a skill sought after by employers from all sectors. 




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