Edinburgh College Schools Bulletin - February 2017
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Welcome to the first bulletin of 2017. It was lovely to see so many schools attend our open days at the end of January. We hope you all found the events worthwhile and your students are prepared to make a more informed choice about their next steps.

This bulletin contains details on the following:  

  • Key dates for 2017
  • 2017/18 Senior Phase Course Guide
  • Foundation Apprenticeships
  • Guaranteed Places for eligible school leavers
  • SCP Courses with places available to start now
  • Pupils with Additional Support Needs - Introduction to College
  • Contact Details
Full-time courses starting in August 2017 are now open for application. Please visit our website for details on courses available, funding, student support and accommodation. 

Part-time courses open 3 April 2017 
Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses open 5 June 2017
June open day for courses with places still available 13 June 2017, Sighthill Campus, 4-7pm 

If you missed our January open days and wish to arrange a campus tour or meeting with our schools/curriculum teams please contact
Please click on this video to find out more about the college application process.
The senior phase provision offers a full range of part-time college courses for S4-S6 pupils whilst still at school. There is a wide range of vocational subjects on offer to complement existing studies including SCP courses, Foundation Apprenticeships and Academies. These course options count as one of the column choices which can be added into existing timetables.  All senior phase courses offer progression on to full time Edinburgh College courses.
Click here for full course guide and timetables. *Please note class timings may be subject to alteration.

Course applications should be made through guidance teachers.  For more information see our web site or e-mail
Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) are a great way to get a head start and are suitable for pupils who are studying National 5s and have the ability to succeed at level 6 in a vocational setting. They provide a high-quality work-based progression route through the senior-phase to employment, university, further education or a modern apprenticeship. 

Foundation Apprenticeships are recognised for entry to degree programmes (with some exceptions) on the same basis as highers by the following universities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, QMU, Heriot Watt, Strathclyde, UHI, Robert Gordon, Aberdeen, Abertay
Entry is open to any pupil with the ability to succeed at level 6 in a vocational setting. The only exception to this is Engineering, where pupils following the FA should also be taking Higher Maths.
In 2017/18 Edinburgh College will offer 20 places on each of the following Foundation Apprenticeships:
Civil Engineering
Engineering (awaiting confirmation from SDS)
Financial Services
Social Services and Healthcare
ICT Software
Business Skills

Applications should be made via guidance teachers.

For more information on Foundation Apprenticeships contact or visit

In 2017, Edinburgh College is continuing its guarantee to offer a course place to all eligible school students in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. 
Schools can use the tracking system to monitor the progress of pupil applications.

Introduction to Studio Photography
Twilight course for school pupils.This course is designed to give students the confidence and knowledge to use external flash and modelling lights against different backdrops so that you can take great shots in a Photographic studio setting.
5.10pm – 7pm
Tuesday & Thursday
Milton Road & Sighthill
To apply please contact

CSI CodeSpace
CSI codespace is an initiative set up by Edinburgh College to engage young people and especially young women in digital skills.This is an immersive experience based on the hit TV show CSI and we teach three afternoons of digital skills and on the final afternoon the pupils get to work in teams to solve a double murder, using a mixture of tactile and digital evidence.
4pm - 6:30pm
Granton Campus
Starting on the 9th February
Pupils must be between 14 and 19 years old
To apply please contact
Introduction to College courses allow pupils to get used to the busy college environment and to decide if college will be a suitable post school destination.  It allows college staff to get to know potential students so we can help recommend the most suitable college course to apply for.

Level 1 / 2 - places still available to start now!
Thursday morning, 9.00 -11.00, Sighthill campus. 
Pupils on this course would need to come with support from school.

Level 3 - places still available to start now!
Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, 1.15 -3.15, Sighthill campus.

If you are interested please contact:  or on  0131 297 8084
Or or on 0131 344 7051
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