Colleges in Scotland, Courses, Apprenticeship Training

Colleges in Scotland, Courses, Apprenticeship Training CoursesFurther education UK colleges in from Scotland offering higher education courses through open learning, distance learning, part-time and full-time study. 

Scottish further education colleges also offer apprenticeships training courses, SVQ, certificates, diplomas, undergraduate degree courses.


UK Colleges:  Further education college (Also known as FE Colleges) that provides courses from school age qualifications, adult learning, certificates, undergraduate and postgraduate degree and  apprenticeship training courses. Similar to a US community college.

Some colleges have joint names for college and university such as UHI after the college name, meaning the location of the University of the Highlands and Islands campus. For example Perth College UHI (Perth College University of the Highlands and Islands). 


Top colleges in Scotland list

Dundee and Angus College

Argyll College UHI

Ayrshire College       Kilmarnock

Borders College     Galashiels

City of Glasgow College

Dumfries and Galloway College     Dumfries

Fife College

Edinburgh College  

Forth Valley College    Falkirk

Glasgow Clyde College    Glasgow

Glasgow Kelvin College Glasgow

Inverness College UHI

Jewel & Esk College    Edinburgh

Leith School of Art   Edinburgh

Lews Castle College UHI   Stornoway

Moray College UHI   Elgin

NAFC Marine Centre UHI    Shetland

New Battle Abbey College    Dalkeith

New College Lanarkshire

Northeast Scotland College

North Highland College UHI  Thurso

Orkney College UHI        Kirkwall

Perth College UHI

Sabhal Mor Ostaig    Isle of Skye

Shetland College UHI     Lerwick

SRUC under Scotland Universities listings

West College Scotland

West Highland College UHI   Fort William

West Lothian College   Livingston 


Scottish college offer

Further education colleges offer foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a good selection of subjects.

You can study on a college course in Scotland in a more rural area to a town or city. Study in Scotland college course fees are free for Scottish students as they are paid by the Scottish Education Department.  Bursaries or a grant are available and you can apply for a student loan for higher education courses.

All colleges have partnerships with Scottish universities offering students credit for prior learning enabling them to complete a degree course following a Higher National Diploma (HND) for example.

Looking at the list of colleges of further education in Scotland you may recognise some of the towns, cities and rural area locations where each campus is located.

As a Scottish person I know you can choose from a town, city, rural or more remote location for your college course studies.

I live in the village of Bankfoot Perthshire and you can sometimes become outnumbered by tractors.

SRUC and NAFC Marine Centre UHI are similar more rural locations providing good opportunities for outdoor and waters sports adventures on your doorstep, that is when you are not studying.

Majority of students choose to study at a local college, although may require to relocate to another area for the college course of your choice if it is less common or location dependent, such as agriculture studies.


College course study Scotland

Some of the largest colleges have nearly 400 courses to choose from that have faculty subjects in:


Engineering & Energy            Leisure & Lifestyle              Education & Society

Business               Nautical Studies              Creative Industries


Just about all FE colleges offer traditional trade qualifications for the building, care, hospitality, sports and leisure industries.

  • Qualify as 17thedition electrician or plumber
  • HNC in child care or adult care for nursing & care homes
  • HND in hospitality enabling a care in hospitality
  • Sports & leisure coaching qualifications
  • Business course from qualifying as an accountant to degrees in business & management


You could be in a class with people from the local area, Scotland, England and from other countries.

Students attend further education colleges in England, Scotland and Wales from Europe, Philippines and China for a specialist course in accounting (ACCA) or aircraft engineering as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

University students and older learners also take classes at college to gain a C grade and above in English, mathematics and science to further their career or for entry to teacher training in UK towards a teaching career where good academic grades are a must.

UK colleges also continue to offer popular modern apprenticeships for a large number of courses in many industries from retail, business, building, and hospitality and customer service.

Learners attend college one day a week and then train on the job for 4 days. 



Apprenticeship training courses UK

Known as work based training jobs, modern apprenticeships in Scotland, Wales and England are skills qualifications that are nationally recognised by employers. Choose from many apprenticeship training courses or school education apprenticeship.

You can work in many industries including accounting, advertising, retail, transport, school education jobs, local council.

Jobs are split into apprenticeship courses at entry, advanced, intermediate level and advanced skills enhancement respectively.


Apprenticeships jobs are a work based qualification taking from 1 to 4 years.

MA courses are predominately in work practical skills and knowledge training and possible day realise at college.

With over 200 apprenticeships to choice from in a range of industry sectors, many people have an opportunity to gain a new qualification.

Vacancies can be with large organisations or a small company that is family run.

Do not expect to get rich while receiving a modern apprenticeship wage as you are on a training programme. Although you have a training job, you will become qualified and receive a higher wage.


Education jobs apprenticeship training

From school receptionist, it technician, cook, nursery and other education jobs roles.

Specific roles:

  • Nursery assistant leading to nursery nurse jobs
  • Classroom teacher assistant in nursery, primary or secondary school
  • School finance assistant, receptionist or personal assistant
  • Business manager or school bursar job after completing an appropriate level of training
  • Meals and lunchtime school cook
  • Grounds person or maintenance role


Employers of apprentices

Training is conducted while being employed. You actually require a job first to start an apprenticeship.

Employers can be from a range of industries, public, government and anywhere around the country.

As an employee you will work, train and build up your knowledge and skills working alongside experienced qualified people.

Check out official websites for training jobs: apprenticeships Scotland, Wales, England in London, Glasgow, Swansea and towns, cities and rural areas around the UK. 


Education training

Practical hands-on training in the company.

Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland Level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships: Entry level suitable for many jobs for years.

Advanced Level Apprenticeships: More experience and gain higher level skills, knowledge and qualification.

Higher Apprenticeships: Knowledge-based qualifications that can include a foundation degree. 


Assessment of apprenticeships

Appropriate assessments take place before you are awarded the qualification to test your skills, knowledge and competence for the work. 


Apprenticeship wages

Not a lot, although a minimum training wage is provided throughout your training and some employers may provide additional payment and benefits. 


Age restriction

16+ is the minimum to start an apprenticeship and you can start at any time of your life, although some employers have upper age limits. 


Length of time

Courses are between 1 to 4 years time for completion depending on the level and course you take. 


Modern apprenticeships entry requirements

Each specific course has its own entry requirements that can include age, certain skills, qualifications in English and mathematics.  


Cost of apprenticeship course

National Apprenticeship Service pays your fee depending on your age:

– 16-18 up to 100%
– 19-24 up to 50%
– 25-year-old plus pay your own costs 


Broad sectors of apprentice jobs in England, Scotland and Wales

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Arts, Media and Publishing
Business, Administration and Law
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Education and Training
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Health, Public Services and Care
Information and Communication Technology
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Retail and Commercial Enterprise 


Search apprentice positions in the UK     Scottish apprentice training courses

Skills Development Scotland for Training   Official UK government apprentice promotion website   Main government site


Apprenticeships training qualification Modern apprenticeships in training courses in UK are skill qualifications that are nationally recognised by employers.


Choose wisely the course at a college in Scotland or UK as it affects your prospects of securing the job, career you wish, and any further study.


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