What kind of course should I choose?

This section can help you decide what method of study is right for you. 

You can choose full-time, part-time, distance learning, or an evening class.

Need help deciding?

Help and support is available to everyone who is thinking of coming to Ayrshire College and our student advisers can help you choose the right course. They can give you up-to-date information and impartial advice on the different options, allowing you to make an informed choice before applying or accepting a place with us.
If you need help applying for a course, please contact Student Services.

Thinking about Funding?
Why not take a look at our funding page for more information about how you can fund your chosen course.

Modes of Study


If you choose to study full-time you will normally be expected to attend lectures and classes at one of the College campuses between three and five days a week.


The College offers a range of courses available on a part-time basis where you can study at your own pace, often alongside full-time students.
The main difference between a full-time and part-time course is that you will attend fewer classes each week and will spread your study over a longer period of time. The flexibility of part-time courses allows you to decide the number of hours you want to give to your studies each term.

Evening Classes

There are a range of evening classes and qualifications available at each campus. Classes are designed to aid career development, provide professional training or simply help you learn a new hobby. Evening classes can last from six weeks up to two years.

January Start Courses

Our January start courses are six month, full-time programmes. These courses allow you to complete your studies in a shorter period of time and often 'fast-track' your progression onto the next level of study in August.

Certificated Courses

Certificated courses include qualifications accredited by several different organisation including the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
More information is available on our Guide to Qualifications page.

Non-Certificated Courses

These courses are undertaken to learn a skill and to increase knowledge and understanding. They do not have assessments or award a certificate on completion but will enable you to become more knowledgeable in a specific subject area.