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.
Distance learning is where your chosen course is studied at a distance to the College itself. A wide range of Open Learning packages are available for you to study in the comfort of your own home, supported by a College-based tutor through phone, e-mail, letter or face-to face (by appointment). Some courses may require very occasional visits to the College for access to specialised equipment or assessment.
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.
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 include qualifications accredited by several different organisations:
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
More information is available under Qualifications Explained.
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.