Early 2020 Courses


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Looking for something new this year? Our early 2020 courses are open for applications now, find out what's available at your local centre below.

Typically, a full-time course will involve studying in college 3 days per week and some self-directed study, while a part-time course will vary depending on the course with usually 1-2 days per week in college. Many of our students balance work and life commitments with their studies, and we're happy to support you to get the most of your course throughout the journey.

Starting out in Further Education

CCFE - College Certificate in Further Education
Study just three days per week and try your hand at lots of different subjects to see what you enjoy most while meeting new people. Whether you're looking to continue on to another course or build your confidence to go straight into work, CCFE is a great starting point for anyone whose last experience of studying was at school. All ages welcome.

Available in: Fort William

Maritime, Outdoor & Conservation

NQ Maritime & Aquaculture Skills
Learn from a master mariner and gain Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) certified essential boat skills. Explore Scotland’s waters and aquaculture industry to prepare for a career that could take you on many different paths.

Available in: Mallaig

Countryside Skills with Ranger Training
We've teamed up with Nevis Landscape Partnership to offer a new course through the Nevis Volunteer Ranger Scheme, increase your skills while working with conservation bodies and landowners.

Available in: Fort William

IT & Administrative

PDA Book-keeping
Get confidence in your book-keeping skills and give your small business or personal CV an extra weapon in 2020, studying one evening per week. Suitable for anybody who might be handing accounts, financial transactions, payroll and reports - build essential software skills at your nearest centre.

Available in: All centres

PDA Information Technology in Business
Develop an understanding of key aspects of the job like word processing, presentation skills for communication and how to use and get the most out of databases and spreadsheets.

Available in: All centres

PDA Office Administration
If you're working in an office administration role, you can develop your talents to increase the personal effectiveness, customer care skills, communication and interpersonal skills you need on a daily basis.

Available in: All centres

Beauty Care

NPA Make-up Skills
Join a fun, practical evening class in Portree one night a week to try out an array of skills including contemporary make-up, corrective and day make-up, and bridal and evening make-up. Learn how to complement the beauty in your clients, friends and yourself with professional tips and creative ideas.

Available in: Portree

Health & Social Care

NPA Men into Care
Our Men into Care evening classes help male students get the knowledge needed to be part of an expanding job market with a variety of paths for career progression. Work alongside colleagues who are passionate about their jobs to deliver valuable care to people in your community. This fully funded course equips you with skills vital for your role in the well-being of adult service users of all ages and abilities.

Available in: All centres

NPA Men into Childcare
Ready for an incredibly rewarding, fast-paced job where every day is different? Our Men into Childcare evening classes give you the tools you need to support, safeguard and inspire the youngest generation as they learn and grow. The course is fully funded and gives you a great start in the industry, whether you want to go straight into work or on to further study.

Available in: All centres

HNC Childhood Practice
Great for people who want to work in a variety of early learning and childcare settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs. There is a work placement during the course to give you hands-on experience in the field as well as providing a solid theoretical background to your knowledge, and there will be a mix of mandatory and optional units so you can customise the learning to suit your career goals.

Available in: All centres

You can apply online for any of these courses by following the course link to the course page and then selecting the "apply" tab, but if you aren't totally sure please contact your local college centre where one of our staff will be happy to support you with advice about courses, funding and anything else you might need to know.