Modes of Study
We understand that everyone's learning requirements are different and offer our courses in a variety of attendance modes; full-time, part-time day and evening, flexible, work-based study, and classes in the community.
Full-time study of National Qualification (NQ) and other non-advanced courses generally involves attending college for a year, approximately 3½ days per week. Some courses may require additional days during work placements. We also offer some introductory courses start in January which run for six-months.
Full-time study of Higher National Certificate and Diploma (HNC/D) courses involves attending college approximately three days per week. HNC courses run for one year or as the first year of an HND. Full-time HND courses run for two years.
All full-time courses start in early September and run in two teaching blocks until June. The second teaching block begins at the end of January.
Part-time courses are designed to fit around people's lives and, as a result, the duration and attendance pattern is course specific. The College offers part-time courses during the day and in the evening.
Most courses start each year in September but there are also opportunities to join some classes in January and at other times.
If you are unable to attend college regularly, our Flexible Learning courses allow you to study at your own pace at a time that suits you.
Work-based Learning, Day Release and Block Release
Aimed at those in employment who want to continue their professional development, the College offers a variety of part-time courses that can be studied in the work-place or on a day or block release basis. The duration and attendance pattern is course specific.
Leisure and Community Provision
Leisure and Community classes are offered on an evening basis at the College's Mosspark Drive Campuse and at various times at many local community locations. Programmes can last from one half day to a weekly class for 8 or 12 weeks and usually start in September, January and April each year.
The Leisure and Community provision also offers one, two and week-long workshops during July.