Edinburgh College Schools Bulletin August 2016.
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Schools Bulletin

Dear Colleague

As we all start a new academic year, our campuses are once again engulfed with the noise and excitement of our new and returning students, providing a vibrant backdrop to everything that will happen here over the next 10 months.

In this edition of the bulletin you will find details about the following:

The college environment is unique in its diversity, with students from all corners of education and across a vast range of subject areas rubbing shoulders with each other and learning in an environment that welcomes all and is all the richer for it.

Included in this mix are our school students, and we look forward to welcoming many S4-S6 pupils from across the region. They will be following a range of options to study with us while they are still at school including:

  • Schools College Partnership (SCP) Programme
  • Academies(for example, our South East Scotland Academies Partnership programmes)
  • Foundation Apprenticeships
  • Future Steps

We very much value the relationships we have with schools across the region and have a series of events planned throughout the year to continue our dialogue and the development of our curriculum offering.

Best wishes for the year ahead.

Annette Bruton
Edinburgh College

Website for Schools
We have just launched a new area on our website for schools. This area has been split into sections for different audiences  i.e. school leavers, still at school, teachers and parents. We hope that you will find this useful to guide you to the right information for you and your pupils. We’re very keen to work with you to develop this area further and would be grateful if you could send us your feedback to
Schools Consultation Breakfast Event
Date: Friday 9 September 2016
Time: 08:30-10:30
Location: Granton Campus

This event is open to all schools across Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian to discuss recruitment, future curriculum developments and pathways for young people.

If you or any of your staff would like to attend, please confirm to:
Foundation Apprenticeships
We have a number of Foundation Apprenticeships (SCQF Level 6) places still available. Foundation Apprenticeships enable pupils in S4 to S6 to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship while still at school.

Foundation Apprenticeship Courses can give pupils a real head start, gaining valuable work experience with high profile companies and an industry recognised qualification to add to their CV.
Course Suitable for Entry requirements Start date/Duration
Pupils making S5 and S6 choices
Minimum of five 
National 5s:
> English A-C
> 4 subjects A-C
September 2016 / 1 year
IT &
Pupils making
S5 choices
Minimum of five National 5s:
> Maths A-C
> A Science or Computing A-C
> 3 subjects A-C
August/September 2016
/ 2 years
Pupils making S5 choices
Minimum of five National 5s:
> English A-C
> Maths A-C
> A Science A-C
> 2 subjects A-C
August/September 2016
/ 2 years


College attendance
2 half days per week: Tuesday and Thursday

The delivery location of each of the programmes is still to be confirmed. Please note there will be funding to support travel to campuses where required.

To apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship programme over the summer, please visit
CSI Codespace
From November onwards Edinburgh College will be running a pioneering approach to learning digital skills based around Crime Scene Investigation.
This unique programme aimed at S3 to S6 pupils and will run over 4 consecutive Friday afternoons.

The programme involves:
  • Learning digital technology
  • Graphics manipulation and editing
  • Video editing
  • Coding
  • Linux command line
  • SQL databases
  • Crime scene – case study
To register interest in this programme or to find out more, email:
Edinburgh College is excited to announce the inception of our new third year honours degree in collaboration with Kingston University London. Taught at our Sighthill campus by highly qualified and experienced lecturers this degree will equip you with the skills to succeed in the music industry. Our HND Music course constitutes the first two years of this three year honours Bachelor of Music degree. Classical and Popular musicians focus on performance composition song writing or technology as part of a major personal project. A variety of optional modules are offered in addition. This course is the perfect preparation for a career as a freelance musician working in areas such as performing teaching community music and music management.

For further details please go to

To mark the arrival of this new programme you are welcome to join us for a special launch event:
Monday 12 September
Musicbox, Sighthill Campus

Skills Scotland

One of the biggest events in the school calendar, Skills Scotland, is back on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at the Royal Highland Centre – Ingliston. After winning BEST STAND 2 years in a row, we will be back this year with brand new activities to try. Our aim is to give your pupils an idea of the range of exciting career options that students can pursue after college. Get the date in your diary!
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