Two local colleges provide vocational learning and work placements. Midlothian Council provides Community learning. Creating opportunities for Edinburgh and the Lothians
Edinburgh College is one of Scotland’s biggest College with around 19,000 students across 4 campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Offering a wide variety of vibrant vocational and academic courses, Edinburgh College provides flexible learning opportunities to suit all learning needs. Whatever path you choose we offer over 700 courses from access to degree level and continuing professional development to help you achieve your future career ambitions.
Our academic centres have skilled, knowledgeable staff with expertise in specialist areas with industry experience to ensure our students have the most relevant and up to date teaching.
The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of industry and we are continually committed to the highest academic standards and excellence in learning and teaching.
We have established relationships with employers and universities to create a connected community that provides you with strong links to work or further study. We are committed to ensuring our students are prepared for successful careers through work placements, internships, and connections to industry.
98% of our successful full-time graduates move on to work or further study within eight months.
You will find all you need at the college to help you get great results and achieve your goals, but have fun along the way. Our people are the heartbeat of the organisation and we aim to develop a college that enables our students, our staff and our local communities to thrive.
Edinburgh College are committed to equality of opportunity and to a culture that respects difference. Edinburgh College believes that, as an employer and public body, we can play a leading part in the promotion of equality and diversity more widely. Edinburgh College recognises that equality of access to education is crucial in unlocking many significant opportunities in life.
Edinburgh College work in partnership with a number of organisations, including Midlothian Council Joint Physical Disability Planning Group, to help advance equality of opportunity for disabled people.
Edinburgh College Equality Outcomes
In April 2017 Edinburgh College published planned Equality Outcomes. These include outcomes related to disability and can be seen on Edinburgh College website via the following link: www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk/Welcome/Governance/College-Policies/Equality-Diversity-and-Inclusion
Edinburgh College equality priorities have been published for the next 4 years. For more information please contact the College Equalities Manager, Sara.Taylor@edinburgh college.ac.uk, Tel: 0131 297 8668
Edinburgh College campuses
In addition to our Midlothian Campus, based at Dalkeith, we have campuses at Milton Road, Sighthill and Granton. More information about each campus can be found on our website at: www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk/Campuses.aspx
Our campuses have a number of accessibility features, including accessible parking spaces, accessible doors, accessible toilets (including some with hoists), quiet rooms and portable hearing loops. We have plans to publish an accessibility guide in the coming year, consulting with Edinburgh College students, staff and other stakeholders. If you have any accessibility queries about our campuses or would like to provide us with feedback on these facilities, please contact the Equalities Officer, Sara Taylor using the contact details above.
Edinburgh College curriculum
Edinburgh College offer courses across a range of subjects:
- Creative Industries, including computing
- Construction and Building Crafts
- Health, Wellbeing and Social Sciences
- Tourism and Hospitality
You can browse for courses and apply online on our website: www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk/
If you would like discuss course options or need help to make your course application, please contact the course information team on 0131 669 4400 or Email : email@example.com
Edinburgh College Student Services
For some people, coming to college can be a daunting experience – particularly if it is some time since you were last in education or if you have had bad experiences at school or another college. Experience has shown us that support early in your course can make a big difference.
Support includes help with:
- Organising yourself
- Reading efficiently
- Taking notes
- Information gathering
- Giving presentations
- Writing reports
- Essay writing
- Revision techniques
- Exam skills
- Memory skills
- Planning projects
- Using the library
For some students, learning is made more challenging as a result of a specific learning difficulty or a disability that requires specialist support. If you are one of these people, Edinburgh College team of Learning Support staff can offer you extended learning support and confidential guidance.
Difficulties may be associated with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, dyspraxia, sensory impairment, social or emotional difficulties, health problems, mental health problems or mobility difficulties. As well as this, Edinburgh College are able to assist students who qualify for the Disabled Students Allowance with the completion of their application form and advise them on supportive technology. Formal assessments for the DSA are carried out in College.
Also, if you are a care experienced student it’s really important to let Learning Support know, to make sure you get the right help and support.
At Edinburgh College friendly, approachable and experienced staff are here to give you the confidence, knowledge and skills to develop and succeed in your chosen career.
You can take advantage of many of the services before you come to College so please contact us at any time for details Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh College have student advisors at each campus who are dedicated to helping you throughout your time at Edinburgh College.
Students Services desks can be found on the ground floor on each campus. Advice and Guidance drop-in sessions run from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm daily or you can make an appointment at the desk.
Our advisors offer information on:
- student finance and funding
Our friendly, experienced team will help you with any questions you have about being at college.
Student Funding and Fees
When you are considering starting college, one of the most important issues to consider is funding and how you intend to pay for some of the costs that come with being a student.
Edinburgh College advisors are happy to discuss your individual circumstances, help you with a financial “health check” and budgeting advice and to advise you on how to apply for funds. Some of the funds you may be able to apply for include:
- Tuition fees
- Bursaries & EMAs
- Discretionary (hardship) funds
- Childcare funds
- Expenses and benefits.
Don’t let financial worries get in the way of your studies. Edinburgh College can give you practical, confidential advice on your situation and help you to start sorting the problems out. Remember, Edinburgh College are here to help you!
There are funding and fees guides and resources on the college website at www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk/Student-Life/Student-Funding-And-Fees
If you have any questions or concerns that are not addressed here or about any money matters please contact email@example.com
Edinburgh College staff vacancies
Edinburgh College would like Edinburgh College workforce to represent the diversity of Scottish Society and the Communities Edinburgh College work in.
Edinburgh College welcome applications from all sections of the community including people of all ages, disabilities, gender identities, pregnancy/maternity status, marital/civil partnership status, ethnic backgrounds, religions/beliefs and sexual orientations.
We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Committed. For more information on the Disability Confident Scheme, please visit the Disability Confident Campaign.
Current vacancies at the College are now listed on MyJobScotland website, including Job Descriptions and an Online Application Form. Link to MyJobScotland website is: https://admin.myjobscotland.gov.uk/education/edinburgh-college
Newbattle Abbey College
Newbattle Abbey College welcomes applications from disabled people and additional support requirements. We aim to provide support to help all learners to achieve their full potential.
Newbattle Abbey College is Scotland’s only residential adult education college, offering adults with few or no qualifications the chance to study in our historic setting. We offer an Arts and Humanities Award on a full-time or part-time basis, as well as a range of short courses and community events. The college also has excellent facilities for conferences, training events, weddings and social functions.
Midlothian Council Lifelong Learning & Employability
Lifelong Learning & Employability is part of the Education Service of Midlothian Council. Lifelong Learning & Employability support young people, adults and families to improve their life chances through the development of skills for learning, life and work. This consists of universal provision which is open to all and targeted provision which may be delivered for specific groups such as parents/carers, young people not engaging in school, disabilities groups etc and work with key partners to implement initiatives such as Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, Positive Destinations and Employability.
Work with adults:
Lifelong Learning & Employability deliver a range of employability support options, courses and training including ICT and European Computer Driving Licence qualifications, Care Academy, Work Club, Job Clubs, Construction Skills Certification Scheme Training and Modern Apprenticeships.
Lifelong Learning & Employability offer one to one support and community based provision in core skills such as literacy, numeracy, IT and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and refugees. On offer is lipreading classes for those with acquired hearing loss.
Community based adult learning (CBAL) programmes run throughout Midlothian from first step courses to SQA qualifications. The main aim is to provide a first step back into learning, pathways to further learning or employability provided in locally accessible venues. These courses are offered in a wide range of subjects including childcare and family support, IT, health and wellbeing and employability related courses including job clubs. They are mainly free or low cost with crèche support provided.
Lifelong Learning & Employability also deliver adult learning through Aim High Learning Offer with an annual programme of certificated and non-certificated programmes delivered mainly in Dalkeith Campus, Lasswade Centre, Penicuik and Beeslack High Schools. Lifelong Learning & Employability work closely with Progress Through Learning Midlothian to provide support locally to those who want to move on in their learning, go to college or prepare for university or other accredited study.
The Focus Team provides one to one support for adults aged 16-64 years who wish to get into work, training or learning but face some barriers such as a disability or heath related issue. The team can also deliver and develop small groups and courses to help you build up your skills, gain confidence, complete job applications and CV’s, prepare for interview and job coaching. You can be referred by another agency or do this yourself. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0131 271 3713 Lifelong Learning & Employability work jointly with Midlothian Joint Mental Health Team to support those who have mental health issues and want to work to gain confidence, skills and employment.
Work with Young People:
Lifelong Learning & Employability work with young people in a variety of ways. Through Activity Agreements provide one to one tailored support for young people who are not in education, training or employment to enable them to take their next steps. Lifelong Learning & Employability provide learning and employability pathways in a variety of curriculum areas such as music, rural skills, childcare, sport and wellbeing, admin and IT, hair and beauty, retail etc. These allow young people to build up skills and confidence and access further education, training and employment opportunities.
Lifelong Learning & Employability work in schools to support positive transitions for young people and families through groupwork, co-ordinating school work experience programmes, supporting young people to achieve positive destinations when they leave school. Lifelong Learning & Employability lead the Developing Midlothian’s Young Workforce Board where Lifelong Learning & Employability work with other Council services and a wide range of partners including employers and Skills Development Scotland to secure positive destinations for young people and address the skills gap.
Lifelong Learning & Employability engage with young people on the streets and in universal and targeted youth clubs and other provision, recognise their achievements through Awards Schemes, develop young people’s voice and influence through youth participation, offer volunteering opportunities.
Work with families
Lifelong Learning & Employability offer a range of family learning opportunities where parents/carers and children learn together in a variety of subject areas including arts and crafts, languages, Learn with Fred and supporting your child with homework.
Employment and Learning Midlothian (ELM)
ELM is a recently formed partnership group bringing together Midlothian Employment Action Network (MEAN) and Midlothian Adult Learning Partnership (MALP). A range of partners work together including Midlothian Council, Job Centre, local colleges and universities, other adult learning and employment services and employers to improve the chances of local people getting a job or progressing into training and learning including further and higher education. The network does not offer direct services to the public but works collectively to ensure that services are co-ordinated and planned and local people are supported to gain skills for learning, life and work.
Further information from Karen McGowan Tel: 0131 271 3708 email@example.com
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