Take a look at our October start courses

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While the job market is slow, it's a great time to invest in your future

We know this year is different so we've extended applications on a range of courses to allow you to start a little bit later than normal if you are looking to improve your skills. Funding may be available to help support your studies.

Depending on the type of course you are interested in, you could be studying using a mixture of blended learning or practical work in the studio. Our online classes are live with a tutor, and there's lots of support available outside of class. Some are available part-time to allow you the flexibility of combining with family or work commitments.

Many of these courses begin this month so make sure you apply soon!

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Construction Skills NPA

The construction industry is booming in the West Highlands. Do you want to be part of that success story in the future? Our course offers you practical experience in the different sectors of the industry, each delivered by practising tradespeople. So try your hand at bricklaying, roofing, electrics, joinery etc.

  • Where? Portree (October), Fort William (September)
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time (18 hours per week)
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Business with Information Technology NPA

Pick up core skills for business, administration and technology on this part-time course. If you're thinking of looking for a new career, improved propspects or progressing to further study this could be the course for you.

  • Where? Anywhere with an internet connection
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
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Information Technology and Audio NPA

Gain basic IT and Audio skills required in business and take control of your own learning with lecturer support available throughout with this part-time course. Guaranteed to give you a strong foundation in IT for work or as a first step into further study.

  • Where? Anywhere with an internet connection
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
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Men into Care NPA

Due to the increasing number of men living longer there is a greater need for male care workers to help support with daily living and personal care. This part-time course is designed to help male students develop the skills and knowledge required by employers and service users to increase the number of male care workers in the local area. You might also be interested in our Men into Childcare course.

  • Where? Anywhere with an internet connection
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • When? 1 evening per week plus personal study
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Men into Childcare NPA

This part-time course is designed to help male students develop the skills and knowledge required by employers and service providers in the early learning and childcare sector. The Scottish Government has undertaken a nationwide campaign to encourage more males to undertake qualifications in order to fill the skills gap in this priority area. You might also be interested in our Men into Care course.

  • Where? Anywhere with an internet connection
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • When? 1 evening per week plus personal study
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Digital DJing with Sound Production NQ

A great new part-time opportunity to learn more about sound production, the recording process and the theory behind it. This intensive course will also give you the chance to learn about DJ-ing for live performances and on live radio in collaboration with local radio station Nevis Radio.

  • Where? Fort William
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • When: Tuesdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm, October 26th to June 1st
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Introduction to Fashion Design and Manufacture NQ

If you're interested in design for fashion or textiles this part-time, practical and creative course will provide you with relevant skills in cutting, making and decoration of garments and accessories commonly used by the fashion industry.

  • Where? Fort William
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • When: Mondays from 9:30am to 4pm, October 26th to 1st June
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Textiles HNC

A creative design-led portfolio course offering experience across fashion, interior and accessory textile design. You'll develop a broad range of skills and create your own collection. With visiting lecturers and industry professionals, you'll gain exposure to the latest trends and can prepare for a degree programme or a variety of career pathways.

  • Where? Fort William
  • Full-time or Part-time? Both available
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Photography Higher

An exciting part-time course providing you with opportunities to develop a broad range of theoretical, practical and technical skills in photography. You will also learn about the history and art of photography and apply knowledge gained in the creation of your own photographs on a range of themes. 

  • Where? Broadford, Fort William, Portree
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • When: Tuesdays 6pm to 9pm (Broadford), Fridays 10am to 1pm (Fort William), Mondays 6pm to 9pm (Portree)
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Still not sure?

Our friendly team can help you figure out which course is the best match for your career goals.