Access to Further Education

What is special about this course?

A2FE has been specifically designed to give you the opportunity to try a wide variety of subjects currently available with West Highland College UHI while boosting your study skills and personal development. By bringing you into the college environment, it will also give you the skills and confidence to help you make the right choices for your future in further education, training or employment.

On completing the course, you will receive awards from 10 college courses at SCQF levels 3 - 5. 

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a basic education and be keen to learn new skills to help them progress on to further education or employment.

All applicants will be invited for interview.

In semester 1: you will study units in Outdoor Adventure, Music, Fashion and Textiles, Cookery, Child Health and Social Care, Computing with Digital Media and Core and Essential Skills and Employability

In semester 2: You will progress to higher level units in some of these courses and you will add units in Construction: Practical Craft Skills and Business Administration and Core Skills Communication, Numeracy and ICT.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

34 Week

3 days a week for 34 weeks.

Where can I study my course?

  • Fort William

Start date


How much will my course cost?

Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.

What funding can I apply for?

Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completing the course, you will receive awards from 10 college courses at SCQF levels 3 - 5.

Access to Further Education begins in September and finishes in June so if you find that you are interested in one of our further eduation courses, you can apply to start in the following September.

And if you decide to go into employment, you will take your experience and skills with you. 60% of last year’s students took up full-time college courses while others went back to the workplace.

Whatever you decide, this course will help you decide with confidence.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Access to Further Education

We are no longer taking applications for 2017/18

I want to start in 2018/19

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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