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PROSPECTUS Full-Time

2013-14


Welcome to Argyll College It is always exciting to look forward to a new academic year. Decisions need to be made on what to study, at what level and where? As this region’s college we want you to have a wide range of opportunities available locally at the high level of quality you would expect. We are proud to offer an exceptional range of courses from a part-time access course to full-time degree level study. As an Academic Partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands - Scotland’s newest university - we offer you access to an even wider range of opportunities with interesting and challenging courses delivered through a variety of methods designed to suit you. Year on year we have increased the range of opportunities available and this year is no exception. If you think you know what we offer please have another look and see what we have added. We are confident that the courses we deliver offer the skills you need to progress in education or move onto employment. We are a college in its community for its community but with an outward looking perspective. So whether you are looking to up-skill or widen your educational horizons there has never been a better time to study at Argyll College. Fraser Durie, Principal

Full-time higher and further education courses 1n 2013/14 we are offering our widest ever range of full-

Undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses

time courses – from Administration, Computing, Information

As one of the partner colleges and research institutions that

Technology, Agriculture and Land-Based and Rural Skills to

make up the University of the Highlands and Islands, we offer our

Construction and Engineering, Creative Industries, Childcare,

students access to an exciting range of higher education options

Tourism, Hairdressing and Beauty. In the Course Directory section

at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to complement

of this prospectus you will find a brief outline of each of our full-

our other higher and further education options.

time and short full-time courses and details of which of our centres will be offering each course.

If you would like further details of the undergraduate degree

It is possible that if there is suitable demand, courses may run

courses we are able to offer or would like to discuss postgraduate

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 will find contact details for all our centres in the Contact Us section of this prospectus.

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opportunities please contact your local centre. Alternatively you can find in-depth information on both individual courses and the application process for degree courses at www.uhi.ac.uk


Part-time, open learning and evening courses We are offering a wide selection of part-time, open learning and evening courses across all our centres from August 2013. Simply 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.

At Argyll College UHI we have 14 centres located throughout the mainland and islands of Argyll – from the larger towns of Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Rothesay and Oban to the smaller communities of Cairndow and Craignish and the islands of Arran, Coll, Islay, Mull and Tiree. We continue to be committed to providing access to education at all levels. Each of our well equipped centres applies 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. All students are individuals and at Argyll College we strive to create the ideal study environment for each and every student. We offer a flexible approach to learning allowing you to study by open, online and blended learning as well as through more traditional face to face teaching. You simply choose your course and we will help you to study that course in the way that suits you best.

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Health and Social Care SVQ 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development A vocational 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. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to register as a support worker with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). The course will introduce areas such as : • • • • • •

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 of the following areas – team effectiveness, supporting development of the under threes, supporting the child with additional needs, creating play spaces and contributing to acquiring a new language in the early years.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Entry Requirements At the discretion of the centre. School leavers should ideally hold 3 Standard Grades at Level 3 or above (to include English or Communications). Alternatively students should have completed TACC.

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 in a supervisory capacity. 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: • • • • •

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.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 7

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Entry Requirements Students should hold 3 Standard Grades at Level 3 or above, SVQ 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development or NC Early Education and Childcare.

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

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SVQ 4 Children’s Care Learning and Development This course is suitable for those currently working as a manager or lead practitioner in an early education or childcare setting. Prospective students are required to be employed in a role with responsibility for quality assurance, staff supervision and resource management. The course will enable students to gain confidence in their role, understand various management and leadership styles and develop and encourage reflective practice which can be practically applied to improve delivered provision thus further benefitting the needs of the children in the setting. Students will be assessed within their work situation and will develop a portfolio which will enable them to match their skills and knowledge to nationally agreed standards for care. Students will attend college once each week for a one to one meeting with their tutor.

Study mode

Part-time

SCQF Level

Level 7/8

Delivery mode

Part-time, assessed whilst in employment.

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Entry Requirements Candidates must be employed in a suitable management or supervisory role for a minimum of 12 hours per week and have been employed for 6 months prior to the start date of the course.

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 the qualifications required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). 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

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban

The course will introduce areas including:

Entry Requirements

• • • • • •

At the discretion of the centre. School leavers should ideally hold 3 Standard Grades at Level 3 or above (to include English or Communications). Applicants must be 16 years of age at the start of the course.

Child development and child protection Promotion of child health Hiv, hepatitis B and C infections The child with special needs Care and feeding of babies Play experiences for the young child

Students will be required to undergo a ‘Protecting Vulnerable Groups’ disclosure check.

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

Taught/networked with placement

Available

Oban, Campbeltown, Islay

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. Students will be required to undergo a ‘Protecting Vulnerable Groups’ disclosure check.

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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 appropriate skills needed to work 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

Taught/networked with placement

Available

Arran, Campbeltown, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Entry Requirements Students should hold 2 Higher Grades – to include English or Communications units or NC Childcare or SVQ 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development. All prospective students will be required to attend for interview.

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 in areas which interest you specifically. Students will be required to undergo a ‘Protecting Vulnerable Groups’ disclosure check.

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

Delivery mode

Partially networked

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.

Available

Islay, Oban

Areas to be considered will include: • • • • • • • • •

Self awareness Self in society Practical abilities Enterprise activity Customer care skills Communications Information technology First aid Manual handling

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

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Entry Requirements Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


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

Lochgilphead, Islay, 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 four mandatory units and one 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 provides 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.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

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

Available

Lochgilphead

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

Beauty, Care and Make-Up SVQ 1 Hairdressing A course designed to develop basic hairdressing skills in preparation for entry to the SVQ Level 2 Hairdressing course. This course has been developed to suit not only students just starting out on their career but those who may be returning to further education and looking to develop a new career path.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 4

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Oban

Students will study four mandatory units including:

Entry Requirements

• • • •

At the discretion of the centre following interview. Students must, however, show a genuine interest in hairdressing and exhibit a high level of personal grooming.

Health and safety Shampoo and condition hair Prepare for hair services and maintain work areas Contribute to and develop effective working relationships

Students will also study two optional units: • •

Blow dry hair Assist with salon reception duties

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SVQ 2 Hairdressing This course will introduce the basic practical skills required to work in a commercial hairdressing salon.

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 5

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.

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

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

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

*Also available part-time – contact centre for details.

SVQ 3 Hairdressing This course will build upon and enhance the salon-based skills studied at SVQ Level 2 preparing the student for employment in the salon environment?

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 6

The course will introduce the following areas:

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

• •

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

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved SVQ Level 2 Hairdressing.

*Also available part-time – contact centre for details.

NC Beauty Care This course has been designed to place an emphasis on learning, developing and experiencing the basic knowledge and skills necessary to progress to a more advanced skill level. These skills will be attractive to future employers both in the Beauty industry and also in other areas. Students will develop an understanding and experience of: • • • • •

Safety Working practices Commercial targets Strategic industry objectives Research methods

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

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Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught with core skills partially networked

Available

Campbeltown

Entry Requirements Students will be expected to have achieved NCGA Beauty Care and Makeup Level 5


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 for further study within the field of beauty care and make-up. Students will study areas including: • • • •

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

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Islay

Entry Requirements Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

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

NPA Cosmetology This national award has been designed to enable students to experience and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required for further academic and practical study – at SCQF Level 5 - in this growing area.

Study mode

Short full-time

SCQF Level

Level 4

Delivery mode

Fully taught with core skills partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Islay

The Award will allow students to experience both the basic theory and practice of disciplines such as hairdressing, beauty and make-up artistry. The course will introduce five mandatory units in areas to include: • • • •

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

Entry Requirements Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Students will also study one optional unit from a selection of four practically based subject areas.

Business and Computing 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 to further enhance your 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

• • • • • • •

Entry Requirements

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

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

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 and Financial Accounting Software. *Also available through part-time study. A range of PDA’s (Professional Development Awards) may also be available - contact centre for details. 9


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.

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 8

The course is also ideal for anyone wishing to work in administration at supervisory level or as a personal assistant or secretary. The course will introduce a number of required areas including:

Delivery mode

Fully networked

Available

All centres

• • • • •

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

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 – Administrative Procedures, Economic Issues, Business Law and the Culture of Customer Care. *Also available part-time and via infill – contact centre for details

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. Students will undertake an administrative role work placement as part of this course offering the opportunity for hands on experience. The course will introduce the following areas: • • • • • • • • •

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

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

All centres (subject to student numbers)

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

Students will also achieve a range of additional NQ qualifications over the course of their studies in areas which may include shorthand, audio, bookkeeping, advanced word processing and HR administration. * Also available part-time and via infill. A range of NPA’s (National Progression Awards) are available to study as individual units within the course - contact centre for details.

HNC Computing Now available in Argyll and the Islands, this course will introduce and develop the technical and professional skills required for working within the computer industry.

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 7

The course is broad based and will provide the successful student with the knowledge required to specialise in a range of computing fields at HND level and beyond including software development and technical support.

Delivery mode

Fully networked

Available

All centres

Compulsory areas of study will include: • • • • •

Computer systems fundamentals Developing software – an introduction Professionalism and ethics in computing Team working Troubleshooting computer problems

You will also be able to study in other areas which may interest you specifically, including: Database Design Fundamentals, Multi User Operating Systems, Project Management, Systems Development, E-Commerce and Publishing Websites. *Also available part-time – contact centre for details. 10 - www.argyllcollege.ac.uk

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


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 applications Computer hardware and systems Digital media elements for applications Numeracy – Intermediate Level 2 Communications – Intermediate Level 1

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

All centres

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

You will also be able to study further in other areas which may interest you specifically, including: Web Design, Digital Media, Social Software, Networking and General Computing * Also available part-time and via infill - contact centre for details.

Andrew Took - Student

I am studying NC Administration at Argyll College UHI Campbeltown. Before I started the course I had been unemployed for some time. I decided to go back to college to get a qualification to help me get a job. The NC Adminstration course has been a great help with building up my confidence again. Thanks to this I am hoping to go on and study the HNC Administration and IT next year.

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 UK music industry

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Oban

Entry Requirements Students require three Standard Grades one of which should be Maths. All students will attend an interview, and suitable students would have a genuine interest in music, sound and sound production. All students should possess Level 4 (Intermediate 1) Communication or equivalent. Work experience and / or other suitable qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. 11


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.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 7

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.

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Oban

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.

You will study many areas including: • • • • • • • •

Entry Requirements

Multi-track recording Multi-track mixing Sound production - theory and practice Working in the creative industries Acoustics Digital audio workstations Location recording Sound re-inforcement

You may also work towards an industry recognised Pro Tools 101 qualification.

NC Creative Industries – Computer Games Design Computer games are being used increasingly for leisure, in education and work-based training with players interacting via personal computers, consoles, PDAs, mobile devices and web browsers. Computer gaming is now a growing industry, with Scotland one of the global leaders. This course has been designed to introduce students to the very specific practical skills required within the specialised area of computer games design and to enhance further study and employability skills through a formally recognised qualification.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban*

Students will study from a range of units pertinent to the computer games field such as:

Entry Requirements

• • • • • • • •

Prospective students will be expected to have Communications Intermediate 1 (or equivalent) plus either two Standard Grades or an NC Digital Media Computing qualification at Level 4. All students should have a genuine interest in digital media and computer games.

Computer games design Computer games development Animation skills Audio and video editing Character creation Narrative design and development Media assets Fiction

Students are also required to study the following mandatory units: Introduction to Creative Industries, The Creative Process, Creative Project, Skills Development, Social Networking and Working for Yourself. *The optional units will vary by centre - contact your local centre for full details.

Jude Dallas - Tutor

Tutoring at Argyll College, I always find students highly motivated with the will to succeed. Small groups mean a better opportunity to work with individuals and establish a great relationship as an integrated group. It’s rewarding work, with an atmosphere of mutual respect, given that I too learn from the plethora of life and work experience in the classroom!

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NC Creative Industries – Introduction to Creative Arts The creative and cultural industries in the UK are constantly growing, developing and adapting to meet new areas of application and demand.  This course develops the underlying knowledge and skills required for progression to further study in the many disciplines of art and design or direct entry into art and design based employment. The blend of practical skills and theoretical study within the course will also help students make informed choices on specialisms for further study. Students will study from a range of units exploring the creative arts field such as: • • • • • • •

Developmental drawing Life drawing Line and tone Introduction to illustration Jewellery – working with wire Creative textile development Surface decoration

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban*

Entry Requirements Three Standard Grades. Previous experience of art or design study is also desirable. Mature students will be considered based on previous experience and other relevant qualifications.

Students are also required to study the following mandatory units: Introduction to Creative Industries, The Creative Process, Creative Project, Skills Development, Social Networking and Working for Yourself. *The optional units will vary by centre - contact your local centre for full details.

NC Creative Industries – Dance and Drama As the creative industries sector continues to grow the demand for suitably qualified practitioners with practical experience is strong.  This course introduces students to the practical skills utilised in dance and drama. You will gain an appreciation of dance and performance techniques and develop knowledge, skills and understanding in choreography. Students will also explore a range of appropriate techniques in voice, movement and acting, and develop skills for presentation at audition. Students will study in a range of areas such as: • • • • • • • • •

Choreography Classical dance Contemporary dance Jazz Drama production Acting skills Voice skills Community drama Movement skills

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban*

Entry Requirements Three Standard Grades. Mature students will be considered based on relevant work experience. All prospective students will be required to attend for an interview.

Students are also required to study the following mandatory units: Introduction to Creative Industries, The Creative Process, Creative Project, Skills Development, Social Networking and Working for Yourself. *The optional units available will vary by centre - contact your local centre for full details.

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NC Creative Industries – Online Journalism Designed to reflect recent delivery developments in the cutting edge media world this course will provide students with an introduction to the practical journalistic skills that are immediately in demand in the workplace today.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Students will consider a range of study areas such as:

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban*

• • • • • • • •

Basic website development Scriptwriting Research and interview skills Feature writing Photography Editing and publishing online Radio journalism Shorthand

Entry Requirements Three Standard Grades one of which should be English. All students will be expected to have a genuine interest in journalism and the media.

Students are also required to study the following mandatory units: Introduction to Creative Industries, The Creative Process, Creative Project, Skills Development, Social Networking and Working for Yourself. *The optional units available will vary by centre - contact your local centre for full details.

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.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

The highly practical course will offer instruction in and experience of the following key skills:

Available

Campbeltown, Construction Engineering and Renewables Centre (Lochgilphead), Dunoon, Islay, Rothesay

• • • • • •

Bricklaying Painting and decorating Carpentry and joinery Plumbing Plaster work Roof tiling

Entry Requirements

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

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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.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Construction Engineering and Renewables Centre (Lochgilphead)

The course will offer a broad introduction to a range of engineering practices including: • • • • •

Machining Fabrication Electrical Welding Health and safety

Entry Requirements

No previous experience or qualifications are required, although applicants should have a keen interest in engineering. Entry is at the discretion of the centre following interview.

PDA Bricklaying – Advanced Craft This course has been specifically developed to encourage students to advance their craft skills in bricklaying with a view to progressing to supervisory, management or technician level within the construction industry.

Study mode

Block release (ten weeks over one year)

SCQF Level

Level 7

Students who successfully complete the course will also be able to consider studying at HNC Construction level.

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Construction, Engineering and Renewables Centre (Lochgilphead)

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

An introduction to the construction industry Technical communication skills Arch construction Architectural and feature work Curved walls on plan and elevation Setting out and establishing levels

There will also be a range of optional units available.

Entry Requirements Prospective students will have completed a relevant PDA (Level 6) or will have gained an equivalent level of industrial experience. This is a block release course. All potential students must be in full-time employment.

PDA Carpentry and Joinery – Advanced Craft This professional development award has been designed to allow students to develop complex craft specific knowledge and skills through specialised study in carpentry and joinery.

Study mode

Block release (ten weeks over one year)

SCQF Level

Level 7

Successful completion of the course will allow the students to progress to supervisory, management and technician level.

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Construction Engineering and Renewables Centre (Lochgilphead)

Students who successfully complete the course will also be able to consider studying at HNC Construction level. The course will introduce the following craft areas:

Entry Requirements

• • • • • •

Prospective students will have completed a relevant PDA (Level 6) or will have gained an equivalent level of industrial experience. This is a block release course. All potential students must be in full-time employment.

Constructional technical communication skills Complex timber stair construction Complex pitched roof construction Specialist doors New and sustainable building technologies Site measuring and setting out procedures

There will also be a range of optional units available.

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SVQ 3 Trowel Occupations A course designed to provide apprentice bricklayers with specific trade training specified by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The course will develop the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become a tradesperson and to work as part of an efficient construction team.

Study mode

Full-time (block release)

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Units covered include:

Available

Construction, Engineering and Renewables Centre (Lochgilphead)

• • • • • • •

Erect masonry structures Erect masonry cladding Place and finish non-specialist concrete Maintain slate and roof tiling Repair and maintain masonry structures Produce internal solid plastering finishes Install drainage

The course may also be followed as a PDA Bricklaying - contact your local centre for details.

Entry Requirements Entry will be arranged through CITB – Construction Skills. Candidates must have employment with a construction firm who will sponsor their apprenticeship training.

SVQ 3 Wood Occupations A course designed to provide apprentice carpenters and joiners with specific trade training specified by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The course will develop the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become a tradesperson and to work as part of an efficient construction team.

Study mode

Full-time (block release)

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Units covered include:

Available

Construction, Engineering and Renewables Centre (Lochgilphead)

• • • • • • •

Install first and second fixing components Set up and use transportable cutting and shaping machines Erect structural carcassing components Produce internal and external sand and cement backgrounds Manufacture routine and bespoke products Produce CAD setting out details Maintain non structural and structural components

The course may also be followed as a PDA Carpentry and Joinery - contact your local centre for details.

Paul Simpson - Tutor

Entry Requirements Entry will be arranged through CITB – Construction Skills. Candidates must have employment with a construction firm who will sponsor their apprenticeship training.

“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.”

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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 commis chef/kitchen assistant 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

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 4

Delivery mode

Fully taught – with placement

Available

Oban

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

You will also be required to complete at least 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.

SVQ 2 Professional Cookery The SVQ2 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 at least two additional days each week spent working in a professional kitchen.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught – with placement

Available

Oban

The course will introduce the following required areas:

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 five 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.

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 vegetable 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

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SVQ 3 Professional Cookery This course has been designed to build upon and consolidate the skills you have already acquired at SVQ Level 2 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. At least two of the remaining days each week will be spent in a professional kitchen workplace honing and refining your skills.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

Available

Oban

The course will introduce the following required areas:

Entry Requirements

• • • • • • •

Students should have achieved SVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery.

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

You will also be required to complete four additional units from a list which may 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

HNC Hospitality Hospitality – whether hotels, restaurants or leisure - is a growth industry. This course will introduce the skills and understanding required for a career within the industry at supervisory level. The course will allow students to access a high level of practical experience gained either within our own kitchen or through partnership working with other organisations.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 7

Delivery mode

Fully networked

Available

All centres

Students will study a range of mandatory units to include:

Entry Requirements

• • • • •

One Higher at Grade C or above. Students may be required to attend for interview. Previous experience in the hospitality industry will also be taken into account

The hospitality industry Hospitality supervision Financial and control systems Food hygiene – intermediate Food and beverage

Students will also have the opportunity to study optional units in areas such as: Food Production Services, Accommodation Servicing and Front Office Procedures.

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 from October, 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. There will be an opportunity to examine popular travel and tourism destinations with field trips available to selected tourist attractions. The course will introduce the following required areas: • • • • •

Understanding sustainability issues Customer care and marketing Tourist destinations and product knowledge Introduction to travel and tourism – impacts and trends Enhancing skills for employment

You may also be able to study further in other areas which interest you specifically – Front of Office Skills, Event Organisation, Scottish Tourism, Local Tourism, Food Hygiene, First Aid and Working Safely in the Hospitality Industry. *This course may also be available on a part-time basis - contact centre for details.

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Study mode

Full-time or short full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

All centres

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved Standard Grade English or any social subject at General Level or above or Intermediate 1 Travel and Tourism. Mature candidates will be considered following interview.


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 entry-level 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.

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

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.

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

Sport and Fitness NC Sport and Fitness – Level 4 This new NC level course in Sport and Fitness has been designed to develop both practical and core skills whilst gaining hands on experience of the sport and fitness arena.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 4

Students will have the opportunity to explore areas such as active session planning, performance nutrition and health and wellbeing. The course also provides the opportunity for a greater understanding of the sport and fitness work environment preparing students for a career within the industry or further education within the field.

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

The course will introduce a number of required areas including:

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Entry Requirements

• • • • •

Exercise and fitness Assisting with activity sessions Dealing with accidents and emergencies Performance, nutrition, health and wellbeing Personal fitness

No formal entry qualifications are required. Candidates should, however, have a keen interest in health and well being, sport, fitness and exercise.

Students will also be given the opportunity to study in a range of sport based disciplines such as: • • • • • • • • • • •

Orienteering Shinty Swimming Tennis Golf Badminton Rugby Football Volleyball Association Football Hillwalking

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NC Sport and Fitness – Level 5 Increasingly employment opportunities are being developed in the sport and fitness sector. This course has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to move into employment within the sector – in a role such as sports development assistant or fitness attendant – or indeed to study further at Higher National or SVQ2 level looking to progress to a modern apprenticeship.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Partially networked

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

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

Introduction to contemporary fitness and exercise training methods Developing leadership with physical activities Human anatomy, physiology and physical activity Nutrition, health and wellbeing Teamwork through sport and recreation activity

Students will also be able to study a range of optional topic areas including: • • • •

Health and safety in the provision of sporting activities Map reading with expedition leadership Officiating and organising in recreational sport Sports injuries – identification, prevention and treatment

Entry Requirements Applicants should have attained either two Standard Grades to include Communication and Physical Education or Anatomy/Biology or SCQF Level 4 Sport and Fitness or demonstrate an active involvement within a sport or fitness based organisation.

NC Army Preparation The NC Army Preparation course has been designed to meet the army’s minimum requirements for physical fitness.

Study mode

Short full-time

SCQF Level

Level 4

Students will study a wide range of disciplines which will prepare them for military service. However, the mandatory and optional units within the course will introduce a series of core and transferable skills which are suitable for a wide variety of employment opportunities - or progression to education at a higher level - in a range of areas including sport, recreation and business.

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Rothesay

The course will consist of the following mandatory units:

No formal entry qualifications are required. Candidates should, however, have a keen interest in the army, fitness and personal development.

• • • • • • •

Accident prevention and emergency procedures Map reading and land navigation Exercise and fitness – circuits and resistance training Assist with an event Communication Information and communication technology Numeracy

In addition students will undertake a range of units from areas including: • • • • • • • • •

Problem solving Hill walking Orienteering Mountain biking Map reading within expedition leadership Engaging in the community Swimming, athletics Working as a volunteer to support a community project Health, safety, fitness and wellbeing

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Entry Requirements


Land-Based Industries 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. The course will introduce the following areas: • • • • • • •

Soft landscaping Crop production Estate maintenance and skills Rural business investigation Employability skills Horticultural skills Communication and numeracy

*This course may also be available full-time- contact your centre for details.

Study mode

Short full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

Fully taught

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban

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.

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

Oban

Entry Requirements There are no specific entry requirements for this course. Students will, however, be expected to have a keen interest in practical horticulture.

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 further study, an apprenticeship or direct employment within a land-based organisation.

Study mode

Full-time*

SCQF Level

Level 5

Delivery mode

The course will introduce the following areas:

Fully taught – with placement

Available

Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

• • • • • • •

Agriculture Animal care Equine Estate skills Fishery management Forestry Horticulture

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

Entry Requirements At the discretion of the centre. Candidates will benefit from having undertaken some units from the Rural Skills - Skills for Work course or having completed a college certificated land-based course. All students will be expected to have a practical aptitude and a genuine interest in land-based work. 21


NC 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 6

Delivery mode

Fully taught with placement

You will study areas including:

Available

Campbeltown, Islay

• • • • • • •

Entry Requirements

Livestock husbandry, health and welfare Combinable crop production Tractor operations and maintenance Soils and fertility Grassland production Estate work Conservation on farms

At the discretion of the centre. It would be beneficial, however, if students had Standard Grades at Level 4 or above or an NC/NPA in Rural Skills. All prospective students should exhibit a keen interest in agricultural practice.

HNC Agriculture A course designed to deliver a husbandry-based programme in production agriculture. The course is highly practical and will equip the successful student with the skills necessary to undertake the management and development of a farm enterprise.

Study mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

Level 7

Delivery mode

Fully taught with networked elements

Available

Please contact centre

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

Arable crop production Crop production and harvesting Livestock breeding, husbandry and recording Livestock growth, health and welfare Environmental awareness Farm power Soils and crop establishment

Entry Requirements Prospective students should have attained two Highers (minimum C pass or above) and three Standard Grades (Level 3 or above) or NC Agriculture

NPA Rural Skills (Equine) Designed to equip students with a basic understanding of grooming, feeding and caring for horses and ponies, this course will also consider stabling, sustainability, health and safety within the equine business setting.

Study mode

Part-time

SCQF Level

Level 4

Delivery mode

Fully taught with networked elements

Available

Campbeltown, Dunoon,Islay, Rothesay, Tiree

The course consists of the following three units: • • •

Feeding horses and ponies Equine housing and handling Rural business investigation

Entry Requirements There are no specific entry requirements for this course. All prospective students should, however, have a keen interest in horses.

Equido Level 1 The first two course levels within the Equido system aim to provide a sound basic all round knowledge base concerning the training and care of horses. Those students studying Equido Level 1 will be introduced to and explore: • • • • • • •

Points of the horse and colours Bedding and mucking out Feeding and watering Grooming and handling Shoeing Horse behaviour Tack and clothing

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Study mode

Part-time

SCQF Level

N/A - certificated by LANTRA

Delivery mode

Fully Networked

Available

All centres

Entry Requirements There are no specific entry requirements for this course. All candidates should, however, 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


Equido Level 2 At Equido Level 2, the student will study the areas introduced in Level 1 in greater depth. This course will begin to introduce the concepts of natural horsemanship. 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 or short full-time

SCQF Level

N/A - certificated by LANTRA

You will study areas including:

Delivery mode

Fully networked or taught

• • • • • •

Available

All centres

Field care and maintenance Equine psychology Tack fitting Anatomy and physiology Health checks Introduction to basic fitness training

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved Equido Level 1

Equido Level 3 Equido Level 3 will deliver the concepts and in depth teaching that the student will require to achieve the knowledge and practical requirements of a professional yard manger and horse trainer. This particular course places great emphasis on the psychology of the horse and considers together both training requirements and the particular needs of the horse. Areas studied will include: • • • • • • • •

Study Mode

Full-time

SCQF Level

N/A - certificated by LANTRA

Delivery Mode

Fully taught

Available

Rothesay

Entry Requirements

Assessing the horse Trailer loading Hooking on Methods of restraint Equine psychology Stable construction Health checks Training the horse

Students should have achieved Equido Level 2

Equido Level 4 The Equido Level 4 course has been designed specifically for those students looking to become instructors and trainers in the Equido system. Students will be required to train and produce a minimum of four horses in their chosen discipline to successfully achieve Professional Trainer status. Equido Level 4 will also introduce the basic business management and book keeping skills required to run your own equine business.

Study Mode

Full-time over 18 months to two years

SCQF Level

N/A - certificated by LANTRA

Delivery Mode

Fully taught with some open learning content

Available

Rothesay

Students will study the following areas: • • • • • • • •

Energy flow Round pen work Foal handling Horsewhispering Microbiology and infectious diseases Training remedial horses Teaching horse and rider Business management basics

Entry Requirements Students should have achieved Equido Level 3

Fiona Hillis - Tutor

Many of the courses you can study at Argyll College UHI are very practically based. As a tutor I know the students really appreciate a course which blends learning and practical experience and offers a very clear progression towards an employment goal.

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Course levels explained

framework from www.scqf.org/framework

How much will it cost to study my chosen course and what funding can I apply for? Fees payable will vary from course to course depending upon factors such as educational level and duration. Staff at your local centre will be able to advise you of the exact fees due for the course you have chosen. Details are also available on our website www.argyllcollege.ac.uk Many of our courses may be eligible for bursary funding, SAAS funding and Skills Development Scotland ILA funding. Depending upon your circumstances you may well be able to apply for one of these non-repayable learning awards. Your local centre will be able to advise you on your funding application and current fee waiver criteria.

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Commercial Courses At Argyll College UHI we can offer a portfolio of over 40 commercial courses. Available for both individuals and company sponsored employees, courses are available in management development, training, food hygiene and health and safety.

The list of courses we can offer includes: •

Managing performance

Team building

Managing personal effectiveness

Time management

Leadership and communication

Coaching skills

Conflict management

Interviewing skills

Health and safety

Coshh

Stress management

Manual handling

Fire awareness

Elementary, intermediate and advanced food hygiene

For further information on our commercial portfolio, please contact Darlene Russell, Commercial Manager, direct on

01631 559680

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Contact Us Arran

01770 600 152

Cairndow

01546 600 070

Campbeltown

01631 559 670

Construction, Engineering and Renewables Centre (Lochgilphead)

01631 559 830

Coll

01631 559 615

Craignish

01546 600 070

Dunoon

01369 707 182

Fionnphort

01681 700 377

Islay

01496 810 130

01546 600 070

Oban

01631 559 500

Rothesay

01700 501 000

Tiree

01879 220 372

Tobermory

01688 302 801

Lochgilphead

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Student Support Liz Richardson

01631 559673

Skills Development Scotland ILA

0800 100 1090


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