Education for Life (E4L) Access

What is special about this course?

This course will provide students who have additional support needs with an encouraging and supportive environment in which they can enter further education. The aim of the course is for students to broaden their horizons and gain confidence and life skills, while studying a varied timetable of subjects.

The outcome of this may be to study on one of the other full-time courses at college - but it is hoped that all students will learn important skills which, on completion of the course, will help them in whatever path they choose to follow.

Entry requirements

There are no minimum entry requirements in terms of educational qualifications, though students will be assessed at interview to ascertain if the course is suitable for them.

Students should have a recognised learning disability, or a lifelong condition which limits their learning ability.

The course content varies dependent on location, but always includes:

  • English and Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Creative Arts

Other subjects might include:

  • Performance Arts (Drama, Dance and Music)
  • Life Skills and Wellbeing
  • Horticulture
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Cookery

Tutors will take into account each student’s needs and abilities, adopting a student-centred approach in the creation of their teaching materials and activities.

Students may also study units from other full-time courses within college, if tutors consider this appropriate. This opportunity is usually from the second year of study on E4L, though may be considered earlier by negotiation. Students’ E4L hours will then be adjusted so they are still only in college for 18 hours per week.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

The course will be delivered face-to-face in a combination of venues dependent on location. These could be centre classrooms, centre garden, centre kitchen, local sports facility, resource centre and community halls. Students will also go on a number of educational/social visits to other venues.

In addition to a college tutor there will also be a college study support worker in attendance during all classes.

How long will my course last?

The course is delivered over 34 weeks term-time.  Attendance is for 18 hours per week spread over 3 or 4 days.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

The course will start in the second week of September of each year. Please contact your local centre for more details on precise dates.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of year one students may continue onto the second year of E4L (Next Steps) if at review it is agreed this would be beneficial to them. There is also scope for students to continue onto a third year subject to the same condition.

Alternately they may wish to study on another course at the college, perhaps having studied related units as part of E4L.

Upon leaving college students will have learned important life skills which will hopefully increase their independence and help with any future career quest.

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Apply for Education for Life (E4L) Access

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.