Information for Applicants FAQs

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We know things are a little different right now, so we just want to reassure current and new applicants that we’re working as normal on processing applications, but things may take a little longer than usual.

We hope this section will answer some of the questions you may have. For any more information please contact admissions.whc@uhi.ac.uk

Will the course I’m interested in be running this year? content

Will the course I’m interested in be running this year?

Will the course I’m interested in be running this year?

At the moment, all of our courses are open for applications.  However as always, we depend on sufficient numbers to make them viable.  We have 10 years’ experience in delivering courses using a combination of video conferencing and on-line learning supported by our lecturing staff and college centre teams so you can be certain we will give you a great start on the path to your future.  You can find out more about any of our courses by contacting our Admissions Team on admissions.whc@uhi.ac.uk or calling us on 01397 874000.

What days or times of the week will the course run? content

What days or times of the week will the course run?

What days or times of the week will the course run?

Our courses have always been designed to allow for flexibility of learning styles and structures, so we are confident that any new changes we make will also bring a new range of benefits and opportunities.  We have reviewed the practicalities of how we will configure classes and run courses now to ensure we are adhering to government advice.  We have now put all of our plans in place and will be letting all applicants know by email how we will be organising their enrolments, induction and the start of their course.  You can find out more by looking at the "Study Mode " tab and the How will I study my course" section on your chosen course on our website www.whc.uhi.ac.uk/courses 

When do you expect course to start this year? Do we have a start date? content

When do you expect course to start this year? Do we have a start date?

When do you expect course to start this year? Do we have a start date?

West Highland College UHI will start the next academic term as planned.

Term dates for Further Education students will begin on August 31, 2020.

Higher Education students will begin their studies on September 7, 2020 (except for specific programmes including nursing and teacher education that normally have different start dates).

Of course, we will ensure that this return is safely planned in line with the current and developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for staff and students.

We will keep you informed by email of any updates and we can be contacted at any time on info.whc@uhi.ac.uk

 

How will I study my course? content

How will I study my course?

How will I study my course?

For most of our full time courses, each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning activity to fit around your work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis.  

Connected learning is when you learn together with lecturers, students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Flexible learning is lecturer directed learning and self-directed learning
Lecturer-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:
•    posting your idea in a discussion forum,
•    completing a quiz, 
•    practicing a task, activity or idea
•    watching a video or reading,
•    discussing and working on a solution with another student,
•    researching and gathering information,
•    completing an assignment or project-based task.

Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

As and when it is appropriate and safe to do so, your connected learning activity may take place in the college. However, during periods of social distancing restrictions, some of your learning may need to move to an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students.

The course I’m interested in has a large element of practical activity – how is that going to work this year? content

The course I’m interested in has a large element of practical activity – how is that going to work this year?

The course I’m interested in has a large element of practical activity – how is that going to work this year?

We have always included a large degree of flexibility in the way we deliver our more practical courses.  Obviously the current situation brings greater challenges, but we are confident that we will be able to structure the courses to allow the practical elements to continue in new and innovative ways or where necessary to be covered later in the academic year when its is considered safe to do so.

What is going to happen about the start of the year? Will there be a Freshers Week/Induction? content

What is going to happen about the start of the year? Will there be a Freshers Week/Induction?

What is going to happen about the start of the year? Will there be a Freshers Week/Induction?

Whilst its unlikely that gatherings such as a traditional Freshers Week will be able to take place at the start of the academic year, it’s really important to us that you quickly settle in and become one of the West Highland College UHI student body.  So, we are using all of our experience in digital technologies to plan out a great welcome for you and to ensure that there will be an opportunity for you to become familiar with new ways of studying and learning.

I don’t have great IT skills but I want to study – what support will I get to understand how to access my course/learn this way? content

I don’t have great IT skills but I want to study – what support will I get to understand how to access my course/learn this way?

I don’t have great IT skills but I want to study – what support will I get to understand how to access my course/learn this way?

If you have chosen to study one of our courses using online technology that allows students to collaborate from centres all over the Highlands, please don’t worry.  We expect that ALL of our students will need some support and help in getting started.  We have 10 years’ experience  in supporting our students to study in this way and are confident that after the initial introduction you’ll be off to a great start – and if you do need further support, we can provide it.

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in September 2020? content

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in September 2020?

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in September 2020?

We will be holding interviews where necessary using online technologies such as Webex, Skype or telephone for course applications this year.  All offers will be sent by email (please check your junk folder if you haven't yet received an email from us in your mailbox).

I've just received my exam results. How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications? content

I've just received my exam results. How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications?

I've just received my exam results. How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications?

Our Admissions Team are here to advise you on whether your qualifications match our requirements for your chosen course.  Please get in touch with your results, we have lots to choose from!

What if I do not have access to a device? content

What if I do not have access to a device?

What if I do not have access to a device?

The onus is on you to provide a device to College for your studies.  However, we do appreciate that in certain circumstances students may have not access to a device.  So, depending on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible for the loan of a device to support your studies.  This would be subject to an assessment of your needs by the college, the limited nature of the supply available and to your agreement to our conditions of the loan. There may also be opportunities to study at your local college centre, subject to the latest guidance. You should discuss all of this with our Student Services Team.

I don’t have a strong internet connection at home, how will this affect my study and can college help? content

I don’t have a strong internet connection at home, how will this affect my study and can college help?

I don’t have a strong internet connection at home, how will this affect my study and can college help?

We will work with you to explore how that can be addressed  and to support you in accessing what is required for your studies.  There may also be an opportunity to study at your local college centre, subject to the latest guidance.  Please talk to the Student Services team about this.

When will bursary/funding be paid to me? content

When will bursary/funding be paid to me?

When will bursary/funding be paid to me?

Our courses will start as planned next academic term.

Further Education courses will begin on August 31, 2020

and

Higher Education students will begin their studies on September 7

so you should apply for your funding as soon as possible in the normal way.

 

Further Education bursary funding is open and once you have accepted your place you will be sent an email with details of how to enrol and apply for funding.

You can find more information here

https://www.whc.uhi.ac.uk/study-at-whc/fees-and-funding/

 and here

https://www.studentinformation.gov.scot

Please do call our Student Finance Advisers if you have any questions on funding.whc@uhi.ac.uk

I’ve accepted an offer but think I might want to defer for a year rather than try to juggle family, work and studying online – not sure it’s for me. content

I’ve accepted an offer but think I might want to defer for a year rather than try to juggle family, work and studying online – not sure it’s for me.

I’ve accepted an offer but think I might want to defer for a year rather than try to juggle family, work and studying online – not sure it’s for me.

We’d be happy to talk you through what’s the best thing for you.  Our courses have always been designed to be as flexible as possible to allow you to fit in “life” with study and many of our students prefer that.  We have years of experience in delivering courses this way with a combination of some timetabled activity and some more flexible ways of learning and 94% of our students have said that they were really satisfied with their achievements.

We are looking at ways to re-schedule some of the practical and collaborative aspects of some of our courses so that they can be studied later in the course and concentrating on the many parts of the course that can be tackled now using video conferencing and online technologies.  All of this will ensure that if you study with us, you’ll be moving ahead with your career plan.

Our lecturing and support staff are extremely experienced in supporting students in this type of learning so there is no need to alter or delay your plans – we can support you to achieve all your future aspirations.

How do I find out more about student accommodation? content

How do I find out more about student accommodation?

How do I find out more about student accommodation?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update: If you are considering applying for university accommodation for September 2020, you are encouraged to apply for accommodation as normal. We continue to monitor Scottish government guidelines and want to assure you that the health and safety of our students and staff is our main priority. If you apply for a room and then cannot travel, we will be as flexible as possible to allow you to defer your stay to a later date.

We have a range of accommodation options available to students, from our own student residences to private rented local accommodation.  Find out more here.

Will there be café facilities at my place of study? content

Will there be café facilities at my place of study?

Will there be café facilities at my place of study?

We are providing areas for students to eat snacks and lunch, but for the time being there will be no on-site vending or catering.  Students should bring their own packed food and we are looking at ways of providing hot water for drinks.  This situation will be reviewed and updated regularly in line with Scottish Government guidelines.