Information for Applicants FAQs

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We 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.

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 are reviewing the practicalities of how we will configure classes and run courses now to ensure we are adhering to government advice.  We will let all applicants know by email as soon as we have final details available

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

 

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 remotely – 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 remotely – 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 remotely – 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 Autumn 2020? content

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

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in Autumn 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).

What happens about my exam results? How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications? content

What happens about my exam results? How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications?

What happens about my exam results? How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications?

Exams (Nat 5, Higher, Advanced Higher and A levels) have now been cancelled in Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as many other countries across the world. We are aware of how unsettling this situation is for all those affected. We are monitoring the processes put in place by the different exam bodies to allow grading and certification to go ahead in the absence of the final exams and will work with this information when it becomes available.

If you already have a conditional offer or receive a conditional offer from us relating to exam results, your final grades will come through to us as normal to allow final decisions to be made. There is a possibility that the final results for some qualifications may change or take longer to process, and if this is the case, we will notify any applicants this affects.

Please rest assured that if you have not achieved the result you hoped for due to the exams being cancelled, we will consider all evidence provided to ensure that you have an opportunity to access an appropriate course that gives you the best chance to succeed. We will keep you informed of any impacts on your application. You can help us by making sure you respond as quickly as possible to offers made and to requests for additional information.

Will I need my own laptop or pc to access my course if study is going to be at home? content

Will I need my own laptop or pc to access my course if study is going to be at home?

Will I need my own laptop or pc to access my course if study is going to be at home?

We will support you in using your own equipment if its suitable.  We are also assessing what equipment students might need if the place/method of study changes for their course.  We will be able to provide more comprehensive advice shortly. 

I have to share my laptop with another family member and might not be able to access classes at scheduled times. content

I have to share my laptop with another family member and might not be able to access classes at scheduled times.

I have to share my laptop with another family member and might not be able to access classes at scheduled times.

We will be looking at a variety of methods of studying, including the options to potentially study some parts of the course at times that are suitable for you and with follow up support from your lecturing and centre staff where needed.  With good communications between you and your lecturer, we are sure this can be accommodated.

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.

How will course funding/bursary be affected if the course doesn’t start til October ? When will bursary/funding be paid to me? content

How will course funding/bursary be affected if the course doesn’t start til October ? When will bursary/funding be paid to me?

How will course funding/bursary be affected if the course doesn’t start til October ? When will bursary/funding be paid to me?

We are still finalising arrangements for courses due to start in session 2020-21.  However, we expect funding will be available as normal to cover study from the start date to the end date.  Once that information is known, we will contact you to let you know how you  will be affected.

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.