Supported Learning Programme

What is special about this course?

This series of classes is specifically designed to meet the needs of a discrete group of students with support needs as defined by The Further & Higher Education Scotland 2005 Act.

Classes run in different venues offering a range of subjects. Students can attend all or some of them. Whatever it is that you study you will come away with new skills, while taking part in creative activities, the chance to meet with friends, try your hand at something new or build on things already learnt in a friendly and supportive environment.


Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements. An informal interview with the course leader will give the learner and carers, as appropriate, the chance to identify interests, skills, readiness for college, support needs and suitability of available classes.

Depending on classes attended, students will achieve one or more units at SCQF Access 1 -3, including the new SQA Personal Achievement Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards which reflect the values and aims of Curriculum for Excellence. They are designed to encourage learners to develop confidence, independence and to communicate and respond to others in their own way. Learners will have the chance to take part in a range of new and familiar activities, and to experience and contribute to their community in various ways.

Learners will have the opportunity to discuss personal interests, goals and aims and will work towards agreed individual targets which reflect their needs and wishes and respond to Curriculum for Excellence principles.

The classes running will change each year but currently on offer are:

  • Art and Design
  • Life in Another Country
  • Digital Photography
  • Computing
  • Craft with Enterprise
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Gardening Skills
  • Personal Health
  • Safety & Security
  • Social Events
  • Performance

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

34 Week

It is a part time programme, made up of several classes over 1-5 days a week in Fort William and Portree and 1-2 days per week in Auchtertyre, Gairloch and Ullapool depending on the venue. Students can choose to attend all or some of the available classes.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Portree
    • Ullapool

Start date


This programme runs for the academic year. It is on-going and students can return each new academic year.


Fee waivers apply for learners eligible for the course. Discretionary bursary for travel costs may apply.

What can I do on completion of my course?

For some learners it may be appropriate to attend other college classes with appropriate support. Talk you your local tutor for more information.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Supported Learning Programme

To apply for this course, please contact your

local college centre.

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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