About this college centre
As a student of West Highland College UHI Ullapool you will receive a warm welcome and be part of a small and friendly college community.
Our college centre is located in the heart of Ullapool and the building, which represents a historic link to the heritage in the fishing industry, has been refurbished to offer an inviting modern space and ideal place for you to learn.
We offer a wide range of courses for you to choose from including individual SQA Highers, our Access to Higher Education course and a number of further and higher education courses in subject areas like Early Education, Health and Social Care and Administration and Technology.
You can also choose from one of our many short courses which run throughout the year and offer you the chance to build on your skills or try something new.
Pop in to see us and find out more – bidh fàilte bhlàth romhaibh!
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Our courses cover a range of subjects areas at different qualification levels, from access through to HNC, degree and post-graduate. Depending on your course choice you may choose to study full-time, part-time or at your own pace on one of our open learning courses.
- NC Computing with Digital Media
- NC Early Education and Childcare
- NC Health and Social Care
- Access to Higher Education
- HNC Administration and Information Technology
- HNC Business
- HNC Childhood Practice
- HND Administration and Information Technology
- HND Business
- HNC Social Services
- Access to Skills and Learning Programme
- Art Units
- Craft Skills
- Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel and Word
- Web Design Units
- Introduction to Literature
- REHIS Intermediate Food Hygiene
- Construction Skills: Health, Safety and Environment Test (Formerly CSCS)
We are a partner college of the University of the Highlands and Islands and you can choose to study one of over 30 degree and post-graduate programmes which are offered on a full-time and part-time basis here in Ullapool.
We also run a number of short courses throughout the year including RYA certificated courses, Emergency First Aid, IOSH Working Safely and Personal Licence Holder. For further information on our calendar of short courses visit the BEST pages or follow us on Facebook.
Studying in Ullapool
Mairi Mackay from Drumbeg enrolled on our Access to Higher Education course after deciding on a career change midway through her working life - Being able to study from home helped make that goal possible.
“Studying by VC was certainly a new experience but I live an hour away from the Centre so being able to study from home without travelling was immensely helpful. The facilities that the college provides are vital for people like me living in rural communities.” she says.
“As a mature student, I was apprehensive about returning to the rigidity of learning, but the dedication and efficiency of both the lecturers at Fort William and the staff at my local centre soon allayed my fears. I could pop in and see staff in Ullapool if I wanted to and my lecturers provided encouragement and guidance, which helped me to develop my learning skills. The year has flown in and, all being well, I am now going to study Nursing (Mental Health) BSc - a 3 year degree with the University of the Highlands and Islands' Department of Nursing - a much more confident student, equipped with the skills to develop my career path, thanks to West Highland College UHI.”
Whatever course you decide to study at West Highland College UHI Ullapool, you will benefit from the support of your local college centre whilst accessing the resources and technologies of a wider college and university network.
Along with the support that you will receive from local centre staff, our Student Services team which is spread across the college network, can offer advice and guidance on a wide range of matters such as funding, study support, career coaching and making best use of library resources.
If you have a disability or learning difficulty of any kind, the Extended Learning Support team can provide additional support, assistive technology and/or assistive materials as well as confidential guidance.
Please contact us or call in to the centre if you have any questions about what it is like to study with us and how we can support you.
The college centre in Ullapool is now open for business as an RYA Training Centre. We are delighted and proud to be delivering Powerboat and VHF Radio courses to the maritime sector and improving skills, knowledge and safety.
The college has the use of a RYA coded boat to deliver its powerboat courses, by kind agreement of the Ullapool Harbour Trust who said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to work in partnership with West Highland College UHI to develop an RYA accredited training centre in Ullapool, which will deliver a range of maritime course to the commercial sector. This will enhance and strengthen the current offering from the centre and improve the skills, knowledge and safety of the maritime workforce.”
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As part of our commitment to developing the young workforce in Scotland, we work with Highland Council and Ullapool High School to offer a range of course choices to pupils in S3-S6 which complement the school curriculum and offer pupils the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in new areas.
Courses on offer include Foundation Apprenticeships in Business Skills, Creative Media and Design, Software Development, Social Services Children and Young People and Social Service and Healthcare.
Other courses available include Sound Production, Rural Skills and Business Management National 5 and Business Management Higher. A full list of course options for pupils in Ullapool High School is available on the Your School page.
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 3pm
West Highland College UHI Ullapool
2 West Shore Street
Tel: 01854 613099 / 01397 874540
Email: Christine Crook
Our college centre in Ullapool can be found on West Shore Street. For Sat Nav the postcode is IV26 2UR. Approaching from either the South or North turn off the A835 onto Shore Street. The centre is approximately 300m on the right hand side just after the Harbour.
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