Supported Learning Programme

What is special about this course?

Supported Learning Programme is for you if you have recognised support needs. You can attend some or all classes in a range of subjects. You will take part in creative and social activities and develop new skills and also have the chance to meet with friends in a friendly and supportive environment.

This course provides a positive environment where students with additional support needs can learn and achieve. Our classes are designed to enable and empower you to reach your full potential by developing your knowledge and skills for independence through a broad range of subjects.


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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What our students, graduates and staff say

I like coming to college to learn together with my friends.  I listen to what they say and we learn in a group. Sometimes we help each other and that is fun. I love the course and I would tell people all about it and all the different things we do if they were interested.

A lady called Ruby came from Eden Court in Inverness to do drama with us. We’ve been doing drama in class –story telling and dressing up. It’s good fun to have someone new from outside to help us.

I like Mondays. I have a routine and I can plan ahead.

Catherine Russell

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.