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Putting you in our picture At Argyll College UHI we are committed to providing access to education at all levels throughout Argyll and the Islands.

All students are individuals and at Argyll College UHI we strive to create the ideal study environment for each and every student. We apply state-of-the-art information technologies to allow as many students as possible to study throughout Argyll and the Islands in the way that suits them best. Each of our 13 centres offer a flexible approach to learning, allowing you to study by open and online learning as well as through face to face teaching. As one of the partner colleges and research institutions that make up the University of the Highlands and Islands, we can now offer our students even better access to an exciting range of higher education options at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to complement our further education options. You simply choose the course and we will help you to study that course in the way that suits you best.

“This year we are excited to be offering students our widest ever range of fulltime and short full-time courses. No matter what you choose to study with us – whether Business, Information Technology, Creative Industries, Land-Based Skills, Hospitality, Care or Construction and Engineering - and which vocational skills you develop, there are many other strengths which all Argyll College UHI staff, both teaching and non-teaching, hope we can help you develop. Flexibility, adaptability, reliability, commitment and team working skills are important components of all our courses. These are the skills that will be invaluable in your future career - not only will they help you individually to progress within your chosen career but they will help whichever business you work for in the future survive in an increasingly competitive world.” Michael Breslin, Principal


Undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses In 2012 we can offer an exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, including: • • • • •

Scottish History and Archaeology Sustainable Development Theological Studies Child and Youth Studies Literature

If you would like further details of degree level opportunities at Argyll College UHI please contact your local centre. Or you can find in-depth information on both individual courses and the application process for degree courses at www.uhi.ac.uk

Full-time higher and further education courses In 2012/13 we are offering our widest ever range of full-time courses - from Administration, Information Technology , Land-Based Skills and Travel and Tourism to Construction and Engineering, Childcare and Hairdressing. In the next section of this prospectus you will find a brief outline of each of our full-time and short fulltime courses and details of which centres will be offering each course. It is possible that if there is suitable demand, courses may run in additional centres to those indicated. If you are interested in a particular course which is not listed for your local centre please contact your centre to discuss your options. You’ll find a list of contact numbers for each centre manager at the back of this prospectus.

Part-time, open learning and evening courses We will have a wide selection of part-time, open learning and evening courses available across our centres from August 2012. Contact your local centre to get details of exactly which courses will be available in your area. All courses will run subject to suitable student numbers being achieved.

What will it cost to study my chosen course

Fees will vary from course to course. Staff at your local centre will be able to advise you of the exact cost of the course you have chosen. Details are also available on our website www.argyllcollege.ac.uk Our full-time courses may be eligible for bursary funding – please ask for details. Many of our courses are eligible for a Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Account and SAAS funding. Depending upon your individual circumstances you may well be able to apply for one of these non-repayable learning awards. Similarly a range of fee waivers may be applicable for many of our courses depending upon your circumstances – simply ask your local centre for details.

Commercial Courses At Argyll College UHI we offer a portfolio of over 40 commercial courses. These courses cover areas including basic and advanced food hygiene, first aid, conflict management, manual handling and reception skills. Courses are available for both individuals and company sponsored employees. For further information on our commercial portfolio, please contact Darlene Russell direct on 01631 559680.


Care Towards a Career in Childcare This course is suitable for both school leavers and more mature students wishing to return to learning or looking to change career direction. The course is designed to equip you with the basic theoretical and practical skills required for progression towards a career in the childcare industry. The course will be very practical in nature and will provide students with placements which will allow them to gain hands-on experience in the workplace.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Higher

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban

The course will introduce areas including: • • • • • • • • •

Child Development and Child Protection Promoting Positive Behaviour Promotion of Child Health HIV The Child with Special Needs Emergency First Aid Providing for an Early Years Curriculum Care and Feeding of Babies Play Experiences for the Young Child

Entry Requirements At the discretion of the centre. School leavers should hold 3 Standard Grades at level 3 or above (to include English or Communications).

SVQ 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development A course designed to equip students - both school leavers and more mature students - with the theoretical and practical skills required for continued progression towards a career in the childcare industry.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban

Areas studied will include: • • • • • •

Contributing to positive relationships Helping to keep children safe Supporting children’s development Developing your practice in children’s care, learning and development Preparing and maintaining needs driven environments Supporting children’s learning through play

You will also be able to study further in one area which interests you specifically – team effectiveness, supporting development of the under three’s, supporting the child with additional needs, creating play spaces and contributing to acquiring a new language in the early years.

Entry Requirements At the discretion of the centre. School leavers should hold 3 Standard Grades at level 3 or above (to include English or Communications). Alternatively, students should have completed Towards a Career in Childcare.


SVQ 3 Children’s Care Learning and Development A course designed for those students who wish to continue to develop their skills enabling them to work more knowledgeably with children from 0-16 years of age at Practitioner level. The course will be very practical in nature and students will spend three days each week in placements which will allow them to gain hands-on experience in the workplace. The course will introduce the following required areas: • • • • •

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 7

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved SVQ 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development or NC Childcare.

Develop and promote positive relationships Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for children Promote children’s development Reflect on and develop your own practice Protect and promote children’s rights

You will also be able to study four additional units in areas which interest you specifically. These will include: promoting health and physical development in children, early intervention for the benefit of both children and families, leadership qualities, developing a childminding business, supporting children who have experienced trauma and supporting parents with numeracy, literacy and language needs.

NC Early Education and Childcare This course will equip the student with the basic theoretical and practical skills required for progression within the childcare industry. The course will provide students with 60 days in placement which will allow them to gain hands-on experience in the workplace and underpin theoretical learning. The course aims to: • • • • • •

Provide an insight into the many factors affecting a child’s health and development Increase awareness of the importance of a holistic approach to health Improve understanding of effective early education and childcare provision Increase awareness of cultural diversity within society Develop awareness of the range of professional agencies involved in the development and health of children up to the age of 12 and their individual roles Develop the student’s core skills in communication, numeracy and information technology

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Oban, Rothesay

Entry Requirements Students should hold 3 Standard Grades at level 3 or above (to include English or Communications).

Students will study a total of 12 national qualification units on this course.

Towards a Career in Childcare Students “My time at Argyll College has been good. The staff are very friendly and so are the students. Good Environment to learn in and the courses are very informative.” - Keira “I Have enjoyed my time at Argyll College as all staff are very welcoming and friendly. I find the college is a great environment to learn.” - Sammy


HNC Early Education and Childcare This course has been designed for students who wish to follow a career in childcare or education – at Practitioner level – or wish to progress to degree level study in Teacher Training, Social Work, Child and Youth Studies or a similar discipline. The course contains a strong practical element which will encourage students to develop competence in the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding needed to perform effectively in the workplace. The HNC Early Education and Childcare will provide students with an understanding of the values and principles underlying early education and childcare and will look to develop the skills appropriate for working with a range of service users in early education and childcare settings. The course will enable students to integrate knowledge, theory and practice effectively in a wide variety of workplace settings and will allow the student to understand and appreciate how the National Care Standards and SSSC Codes of Practice should be reflected in and underpin their own practice.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 7

Delivery mode

Fully taught and partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Islay Oban

Entry Requirements Students should hold 3 Higher Grades – to include English or Communications units or NC Childcare or SVQ 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development/Early Years Care and Education.

The course will introduce the following required areas: • • • •

Working in an Early Education and Childcare setting Children and Young People’s Rights: provision, protection and participation Theoretical approaches to Development and Learning Early Education and Childcare: Graded Unit 1

You will also be required to study a range of additional specialist and optional units.

NC Child Health and Social Care A nationally recognised course, the NC Child Health and Social Care will encourage students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to embark upon a career within the Childcare, Health Care or Social Care sectors. The course will actively improve the students’ employability skills and will develop a strong theoretical basis on which to establish good practice. Students will attend college three days per week with the remaining two days spent in a work experience placement. Students will study a range of mandatory units in addition to a selection of optional units in both Child and Social Care

Study mode SCQF Level Delivery mode Available

Full-time Level 5 Partially networked Campbeltown, Islay, Lochgilphead, Rothesay

Entry Requirements

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, it would be beneficial if students held Standard Grade or Intermediate Level 1 in English or Communications.

Alex Davies - Childcare Tutor “Being a tutor at the college is very rewarding, as you are working with a small number of students you can build up a good relationship. Staff are really supportive as well.”


SVQ 2 Youth Work Students undertaking this SVQ Level 2 course will develop the skills and knowledge required to carry out best practices in youth work.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Areas to be considered will include:

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

• •

Available

Campbeltown, Oban

helping young people feel safe and grow in confidence and self esteem valuing young people as individuals and treating them, their thoughts, opinions and ideas seriously

All students will complete 4 mandatory units and 1 optional unit and the course will balance this theoretical learning with practical experience gained through work placement .

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved Working in the Community or have evidence of previous experience within the Youth Work sector.

SVQ 3 Youth Work This course has been designed to provide the opportunity to obtain a recognised qualification in Youth Work for those students who are either currently working or wishing to work with young people in a community setting. The course is suitable for those students who wish to work directly in front line services but also develop leadership responsibilities.

Students will study 5 mandatory units and 3 optional units and will spend 3 days per week in work placement developing a practical experience for their theoretical learning.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Lochgilphead

Entry Requirements Students are expected to have attained SVQ 2 Youth Work.

Working in the Community If you would like to follow a career in community or youth work and would like to develop and hone your organisational, planning and interpersonal skills with a practical group based community project then you should consider this course.

Study mode

Short full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

The course will allow you to experience the different areas encountered in a community based project and acquire the skills needed to create an environment that enables effective group working. The course will be highly practical in nature and will provide the opportunity for the students to experience and develop both interpersonal and communications skills.

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Islay, Oban, Rothesay

Entry Requirements

At the discretion of the centre.

The following areas will be considered: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Self awareness Self in society Self and work Practical abilities Enterprise activity Customer care skills Preparing for employment Communications Using a keyboard Information technology Building employability skills Dealing with work situations First aid Manual handling

Students who successfully complete the course will achieve three group awards in Personal Development, Enterprise and Employability and Employability.


Beauty, Care and Make-up SVQ 2 Hairdressing This course will introduce the basic practical skills required to work in a commercial hairdressing salon. You may be a school leaver looking to study for a future career or you could already be working within the salon environment but looking to improve your skills. The course will help you develop your skills and gain confidence and practical experience in a wide range of salon-based skills. The course will introduce the following areas: • • • •

Health and Safety Advise and consult with clients Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp Style and finish hair

Study mode SCQF Level Delivery mode Available

Full-time Level 5 Fully taught Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Islay, Oban, Rothesay Entry Requirements At the discretion of the centre. Students should have good communication skills with a flair for hair design.

You can also choose to study one of the following additional units: • •

Salon reception duties Promote additional services or product to clients

SVQ 3 Hairdressing This course will build upon and enhance the salon-based skills studied at SVQ 2 level preparing the student for employment in the salon environment. The course will introduce the following areas: • •

Provide hairdressing consultation services Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques

You can also choose to study from a choice of five additional units including: • • •

Colour hair using a variety of techniques Provide colour correction services Creatively style and dress hair

Study mode SCQF Level Delivery mode Available

Full-time Level 6 Fully taught Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban Entry Requirements Students should have achieved SVQ 2 Hairdressing.

“Hi, I’m Kiara Emerson. I have wanted to do hairdressing since I was a teenager so when I found out that a college had opened in Oban with a hairdressing course, I was really excited.

more. We get commercial salon days where the college salon is opened to the public which really helps us get a feel for what it will be like when we eventually go to work in real salons.

The college salon is really modern and has everything you could possibly need and

The hairdressing tutors are fantastic and they always do their best to accommodate

every student’s individual needs. The college has given me the opportunity to follow a career path that I never thought I’d be able to achieve. I would urge anyone to apply for any of the courses as there is a huge range and everyone is really welcoming.”


NCGA Beauty Care and Make-Up A course with a highly practical focus which will allow students to learn and develop their skills in a realistic client based work environment. The course will equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required either for further study within Beauty Care and Make-Up or to attain employment within the sector at a junior level.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Islay

Entry Requirements Students will study areas including: • • • •

Facial skin care Day and corrective make-up Customer care Manicure

At the discretion of the centre. Good communication skills are required and students will be expected to have a flair for fashion and make-up.

Students may also choose to specialise in areas such as nail art, waxing and massage.

NC Beauty Care This National Certificate Group Award is not designed to train students to full industry competence. The course has been designed to place an emphasis on learning, developing and experiencing the basic knowledge and skills necessary to progress to the next skill level. These skills will be attractive to future employers in the Beauty industry and also in other areas. Students will also develop an understanding and experience of:

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught

• • • • •

Available

Safety Working practices Commercial targets Strategic industry objectives Research methods

Core skills partially networked Campbeltown

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved NCGA Beauty Care and Make-Up.

Students who complete the course successfully will be equipped for entry to employment in a junior role in the beauty field or for progression to further professional and academic training.

NPA Cosmetology This National Award has been designed to enable students to experience and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required for access to employment or further academic and practical study – at SVQ or NC level - in this growing area.

Study mode

Short full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

The Award will not lead to the student being occupationally competent but rather it will allow them to experience both the basic theory and practice of disciplines such as hairdressing, beauty and make-up artistry.

Available

Campbeltown

The course will introduce five mandatory units in areas to include: • • • •

Working with customers and colleagues Product awareness Health, safety and career options Assisting in the workplace

Entry Requirements Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Business, Management and Administration NC Administration Designed to teach and develop practical office-based skills, this course will enhance the students’ employability skills and career prospects with a recognised qualification in the field of Administration.

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

The course will introduce the following areas:

Available

All centres (subject to student numbers)

• • • • • • • • •

Information technology for administrators Word processing level 5 Front of office Central services Managing your time and resources Handling business documents Researching and preparing presentations Event organisation Communication

Entry Requirements Three Standard Grades at Level 3 (preferably to include English and Administration). Equivalent qualifications and experience will be considered.

*Also available part-time and via infill. NPA Information Technology and Audio and NPA Office Skills and Services are also available. Contact centre for details.

HNC Administration and Information Technology A course designed to improve your practical skills in the many and varied areas of Business and Information Technology and enhance your further study and career prospects through a formally recognised qualification.

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 7

Delivery mode

Fully networked

The course will introduce a number of required areas including:

Available

All centres

• • • • • •

Office administration Office technologies Communication Word processing and presentations for business Spreadsheets for business Databases for business

You will also be able to study further in other areas which may interest you specifically, including: Information Technology, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Personal Enterprise Skills, Financial Accounting Software and Getting Started in Business. *Also available through part-time study. PDA Office Administration and PDA IT in Business are also available. Contact centre for details.

Entry Requirements One relevant Higher (minimum C pass) plus two Standard Grades (preferably English and Maths). Relevant NC qualification (12 credits). Mature students will be considered based on interview and work experience.


HND Administration and Information Technology This advanced level course will build upon the practical skills already studied at HNC level and further develop and enhance these skills to a degree study level. The course will introduce a number of required areas including: • • • • •

Advanced word processing Advance spreadsheets Advanced databases Office management Business information management

Study mode

Full-time *

SCQF Level

Level 8

Delivery mode

Fully networked

Available

All centres

Entry Requirements Candidates should have achieved HNC Administration and Information Technology

You will also be able to study further in other areas which may interest you specifically, including: Business Culture and Strategy, Human Resource Management, Statistics for Business and Behavioral Skills for Business. *Also available part-time and via infill - contact centre for details.

Computing and Information Technology HNC Information Technology A course created to take account of and reflect recent developments in Information Technology and to provide the student with skills that are immediately in demand in the workplace today.

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 7

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Compulsory areas of study will include:

Available

Oban

• • • • •

Information technology in business – spreadsheets and databases Working in a project team Software development Applications development Database design fundamentals

Students will also be offered the opportunity to study other specific areas including: E-Commerce, Systems Development, Computer Operating Systems, and Supporting Users and Troubleshooting desktop applications.

Entry Requirements One relevant Higher (minimum C pass) or a relevant NC qualification (12 credits) - such as NC Digital Media Computing Mature students will be considered based on interview and relevant work experience.

*Also available part-time and via infill. Contact centre for details.

Linda McLaughlan - Rothesay Centre Manager

“I have just completed the HNC Administration and Information Technology course and I’m confident that the skills I’ve learnt will allow me to do my job on a day to day basis with much greater insight. It was also helpful for me as a Centre Manager to experience a course from a student’s point of view.”


NC Digital Media Computing This course is suitable for school leavers looking to improve their skills in computing, multimedia, networking, computer games and business IT with a view to pursuing a career in this field. The course is also suitable for more mature students looking for a change in career direction or a return to full-time study. The course will explore the following main areas: • • • • • •

Internet and online communications Office and personal productivity systems Computer hardware and systems Digital media and applications Numeracy – Intermediate Level 2 Communications – Intermediate Level 1

You will also be able to study further in other areas which may interest you specifically, including web design, digital media, social software, networking or general computing.

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 5/6

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Oban, Rothesay Other centres subject to student numbers.

Entry Requirements No specific academic requirements. Entry is by interview with suitable candidates expected to indicate a genuine interest in digital media in general.

*Also available part-time and via infill. Contact centre for details.

Creative Industries NC Sound Production You may be a school leaver looking to study for a future career, you could already be working within the music and audio industry but looking to improve your skill or you may be a more mature student wishing to change career direction and return to study. This course will help you develop your skills and gain confidence and practical experience in a broad range of practical recording tasks. You will also be given the opportunity to explore some of the very diverse sound production requirements which exist within the music and audio industry in areas including recorded music, TV, radio and film. The course will introduce areas including: • • • • •

Digital Media , Audio Editing, Video Acquisition and Editing Understanding the Signal Path Sound Remixing and Midi Sequencing Appreciation of Music Introduction to the Music Industry

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Oban

Entry Requirements No formal entry qualifications are required. Candidates will however benefit from previous experience of a technology based sound production or music performance course. Relevant work experience may also be considered

HNC Sound Production Using the latest industry standard Pro Tools software and a combination of digital and analogue recording equipment, this course will give you the opportunity to develop technical proficiency and acquire industry recognised skills and knowledge. If you are interested in studio based sound production, working in the live sound environment or in the commercial areas of film, animation and computer games this may well be the right course for you.

You will study many areas including: • • • •

Multi -Track Recording Sound Production Theory and Practice Acoustics Location recording

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 7

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Oban

Entry Requirements School leavers should have attained one Higher - at a minimum C pass - plus two Standard Grades or Intermediate 2s. At least one of these qualifications should be Maths, Physics or Computing with another being English or Communications. Alternatively a relevant 12 credit NC qualification such as NC Sound Production. Mature students will be considered based on interview and relevant work experience.


NPA Dance This National Progression Award (NPA) in Dance is an introductory qualification allowing candidates to explore choreography and gain an in depth understanding of dance skills and techniques. Students will also research and analyse different dance styles and practitioners. Students will need to successfully complete 3 units to achieve the award. There is one mandatory unit - Dance: Choreography - enabling students to develop choreographic skills, create movement, use stimuli and analyse a professionally choreographed dance piece. The skills they acquire will be given a practical application through tutor-led tasks and workshops.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay (short full-time/school link)

Entry Requirements

Entry will be by audition.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 4

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Oban

In addition students will study two further optional units from a choice of dance styles: • • • •

Alternative Classical Contemporary Jazz

Catering and Hospitality SVQ 1 Food Preparation and Cookery If you would like to learn the basic skills of food preparation and cooking and ready yourself for a career in hospitality at sous chef level or similar then you should consider this course. The course will be very practical in nature and will allow students many opportunities to practice and develop their skills. Two days each week will be theory based within college with the remaining three days spent working in a professional kitchen. The course will introduce the following required areas: • • •

Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment Work effectively as part of a hospitality team Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food

You will also be required to complete four additional units from a list of 14 which will include: prepare vegetables, prepare hot and cold sandwiches, package food for delivery, prepare and cook fish and meat, cook and finish simple bread and dough products and prepare and finish simple salad and fruit dishes. You will be able to choose those areas which interest you specifically.

Entry Requirements No previous experience or qualifications are required. Entry is at the discretion of the centre following interview.


SVQ 2 Professional Cookery The SVQ 2 Professional Cookery will build upon the basic food preparation and cooking skills you have already acquired to create a thorough and more advanced working knowledge of the professional cookery environment. The course will be very practical in nature and will allow students many opportunities to practice and develop their skills. Two days each week will be theory based within college with the remaining three days spent working in a professional kitchen. The course will introduce the following required areas: • Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment • Work effectively as part of a hospitality team • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food • Maintain, handle and clean knives You will also be required to complete ten additional units from a list of 24 which will include: prepare vegetables dishes, prepare game, prepare and cook basic soups, make basic stock, liaise with care team to ensure that individual nutritional needs are met, prepare and cook basic cakes and biscuits.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Oban

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved SVQ Level 1 in a relevant discipline or have completed an access course such as General Catering Skills. Alternatively students should have achieved 5 Standard Grades at Level 3 or above. Students who have hands on experience of practical cookery skills gained within a professional kitchen will also be considered.

SVQ 3 Professional Cookery

Study mode

Full-time

This course has been designed to build upon and consolidate the skills you have already acquired at SVQ 2 level to create a very practically based and advanced working knowledge of the professional cookery environment. The course will require students to study for two days a week in college – one day in the kitchen and one day in the classroom. The remaining three days will be spent in the professional kitchen workplace honing and refining your skills.

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Oban

The course will introduce the following required areas: • Develop productive working relationships with colleagues • Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food • Prepare fish, meat and poultry for complex dishes • Cook and finish complex fish, meat, poultry and vegetable dishes • Prepare, cook and finish complex hot sauces • Prepare cook and finish dressings and cold sauces

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved SVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery.

You will also be required to complete four additional units from a list which will include: prepare shellfish for complex dishes, cook and finish complex game dishes, prepare and cook fresh pasta dishes, prepare and cook complex pastry products and prepare and process complex chocolate products. You will be able to choose those areas which interest you specifically.

SVQ 1 Hospitality Services Designed to allow the student to achieve a professionally recognised qualification, this course will introduce the basic skills and knowledge needed to gain an entrylevel position within a hospitality organisation. Each week, students will spend time both in college and in a professional hospitality environment allowing them to gain practical experience to support theoretical learning. The course will introduce three required areas: • • •

Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment Work effectively as part of a hospitality team Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food

Students will also be able to study a range of optional topic areas including: Accommodation Services, Food and Beverage Service and Food Preparation and Cooking.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 4

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Oban May be available at other centres. Please check with your local centre

Entry Requirements No previous experience or qualifications are required. Entry is at the discretion of the centre following interview.


SVQ 2 Hospitality Services This course will build upon the skills achieved at SVQ 1 Hospitality Services and develop a highly practical experience portfolio which will ready students for a variety of positions within the Hospitality environment.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Students will spend around one and a half days each week in College studying the many and varied skills required within the Hospitality industry and two days each week in placement developing and perfecting these skills in practice. Students will continue to study within the required areas of maintaining a safe, hygienic and secure working environment, working effectively as part of a hospitality team and maintaining food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food. In addition students will consider the importance of giving customers a positive impression of both themselves and their organisation.

Available

Oban May be available at other centres. Please check with your local centre

A variety of optional units will also be studied and these will be dependent upon the individual student’s work placement.

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved SVQ Level 1 Hospitality Services. Students who have substantial experience of working in a professional hospitality environment may be considered.

NC Travel and Tourism If you want to improve your skills in the diverse and fast evolving field of travel and tourism and enhance your career prospects with a formal qualification then you should consider this course. Taught over a period of six months, the course will help you develop and improve your skills and gain confidence and practical experience in the many and varied disciplines of the travel and tourism arena.

Study mode

Short full-time Also available through part-time study (Travel and Tourism Level 5 - 3 credits). Contact centre for details.

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

All centres

The course will introduce the following required areas: • • • • • •

Business Practices in Travel and Tourism Selling Skills Skills for Customer Care Tourist Destinations Introduction to Travel and Tourism Enhancing Skills for Employment

You will also be able to study further in other areas which may interest you specifically including: Front of Office Skills, Event Organisation, Scottish Tourism, Local Tourism, Marketing, Food Hygiene, First Aid and Working Safely in the Hospitality Industry.

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved Standard Grade English, any social subject at General Level or Intermediate 1 Travel and Tourism. Mature candidates may gain entry by interview.

Land-Based Industries NC Horticulture This course will give the student a wide and increasing knowledge of the theory surrounding the many topic areas found within horticultural practice. In support of that theoretical learning the course will have a strong practical element allowing students to experience a wide range of horticultural disciplines. Areas to be studied will include: • Soils and growing media • Plant identification • Basic Botany • Garden design • Building and repairing Drystone Dykes • Vegetative Propagation • Home and Allotment Gardening

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Campbeltown, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Entry Requirements At the discretion of the centre. Candidates should have communication, problem solving and working with others at SCQF Level 3 or above. Numeracy and ICT skills at SCQF Level 3 or above are also recommended.


Certificate in Agriculture If you would like to follow a career in agriculture this course will provide a thorough and practical experience of the many disciplines involved in this area. The course will incorporate in particular the technical knowledge required for both arable and livestock farming and machinery maintenance.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

You will study areas including:

Available

Campbeltown

• • • • • •

Entry Requirements At the discretion of the centre.

Livestock Feeding Calf Rearing – 12 weeks Beef Production Crop Production Tractor Operations 1 and 2 Cereal Production

Candidates should have communication, problem solving and working with others at SCQF Level 3 or above. Numeracy and ICT skills at SCQF Level 3 or above are also recommended.

Introduction to Land-Based Skills This course will introduce the many and varied skills involved in today’s land-based industries. Designed to help the student to gain confidence and very practical experience this course will prepare you for an apprenticeship or direct employment within a land-based organisation. The course will introduce the following areas: • • • • • •

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Levels 4 and 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Campbeltown, Islay, Rothesay, Tobermory

Entry Requirements At the discretion of the centre.

Agriculture Animal Care Estate Skills Fishery Management Forestry Horticulture

*Also available as a short full-time course in Campbeltown, Dunoon, Rothesay

Candidates should have communication, problem solving and working with others at SCQF Level 3 or above. Numeracy and ICT skills at SCQF Level 3 or above are also recommended.

Introduction to Horticulture Taught over a period of 19 weeks, this course will help you develop your skills and gain confidence and practical experience in a range of garden maintenance tasks. You will also be given the opportunity to experience and explore the very diverse areas which exist within land-based industries.

Study mode

Short full-time

SCQF Level

Level 4 and 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

The course will introduce the following areas:

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay, Tobermory

• • • • • • • •

Soft Landscaping Crop Production Estate Maintenance Rural Business Investigation Employability Skills Horticultural Skills Communication and Numeracy Information Technology

Entry Requirements At the discretion of the centre. Candidates should have communication, problem solving and working with others at SCQF Level 3 or above. Numeracy and ICT skills at SCQF Level 3 or above are also recommended.

Paul McIntosh - Student - Land-Based Skills

“I had always been interested in land-based skills and the big plus point to this course is that it is really practical - not just theory based. I really felt I experienced what it would be like to work in this area.”


Equido Level 2 This is an elementary level course in the Equido system and aims to provide a sound all round knowledge base concerning the training and care of horses. A student who qualifies at Equido Level 2 should be capable of taking care of horses on a daily basis – both stable and field kept – at a supervisory level.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

N/A

Delivery mode

Fully taught or partially networked

You will study areas including:

Available

Campbeltown, Islay, Rothesay

• • • • •

Entry Requirements Students should have have attained Equido Level 1. Candidates should have communication, problem solving and working with others at SCQF Level 3 or above. Numeracy and ICT skills at SCQF Level 3 or above are also recommended.

Field Care and Maintenance Feeding and Watering Equine Psychology Tack Fitting Anatomy and Physiology

Equido Level 3 Equido Level 3 is an advanced course. A student qualified at Equido Level 3 should be capable of managing a yard of horses – both stable and field kept – and the yard staff. You will develop a sound knowledge of equine health and an in depth understanding of physiology.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

N/A

Delivery Mode

Fully taught

Available

Rothesay

Particular areas studied will include:

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved Equido Level 2

• • • • • •

Assessing the Horse Equine Loading Hooking On Methods of Restraint Equine Psychology Advanced riding techniques


Construction and Engineering Access to Construction Designed to introduce the key crafts of bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and joinery – this course will prepare students for apprentice level access to a career in the construction industry. The highly practical course will offer instruction in and experience of the following key skills: • • • • • •

Bricklaying Painting and Decorating Carpentry and Joinery Plumbing Plaster Work Roof Tiling

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 4 and 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Campbeltown, Construction Skills Centre (Lochgilphead), Dunoon, Islay, Rothesay

Entry Requirements No previous experience or qualifications are required. Entry is at the discretion of the centre following interview.

SVQ 2 Performing Engineering Operations Taught over one year, this course has been designed for those students - both school leavers and more mature applicants - who would like to work within an engineering environment. The course will be practically focused and will help prepare students for a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering, further study or for a range of engineering related occupations. The course will offer a broad introduction to a range of engineering practices including: • • • • •

Machining Fabrication Electrical Welding Health and Safety

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Construction Skills Centre (Lochgilphead)

Entry Requirements No previous experience or qualifications are required, although achievement of Core Skills 4 (SCQF Level 4) is preferred. Entry is at the discretion of the centre following interview.

Paul Simpson Construction Tutor

“Learning how to execute the key crafts practiced in the Construction sector correctly and safely is vital for any student looking to follow a career in Construction. Our courses have been designed to study and practice these skills in real life as well as classroom settings and our students are involved in many local community projects where they can learn on the job and make a real contribution to the communities they live in.”


Useful Numbers Centre Managers Arran Liz Sloan

01631 559710

Cairndow Jackie MacPherson

01631 559870

Campbeltown Dhonna McCallum Dunoon Morag Gilmour

01631 559750

Islay Mairi MacCuaig Maria Preston

01631 559605 01631 559600

Lochgilphead Construction Skills Kim McAllister

01631 559830

Lochgilphead Fiona MacAlpine

01631 559560

01631 559500

Oban Lin Kengen

Rothesay Linda McLaughlan

Tiree Will Wright Tobermory Alison Broomhead

Student Support Liz Richardson

01631 559670

01631 559793 01631 559610 01631 559640

01631 559673

Avril McKay Anna Swanson

01487 889 227 01487 889 310

Bursary

Skills Development Scotland ILA 0800 100 1090


TOBERMORY 01688 302 801

TIREE 01879 220 372

FIONNPHORT 01681 700 377

CAIRNDOW 01499 600 141

OBAN 01631 559 500

CRAIGNISH 01852 500 746 LOCHGILPHEAD 01546 600 070 CONSTRUCTION SKILLS CENTRE 01631 559 830

DUNOON 01369 707 182

Rothesay 01700 501 000

ISLAY 01496 810 130

ARRAN 01770 600 152 CAMPBELTOWN 01631 559 670

Argyll College UHI Ltd is a Scottish Charity, SC 026685


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