Education for Life (E4L) Access

What is special about this course?

Designed for individuals with additional support needs, this course provides an encouraging and supportive environment for those keen to enter further education at college.   

Covering a wide range of varied subjects, from art and drama to cookery and fitness, the course aims to broaden your horizons, help you gain confidence and develop crucial life skills.   

The majority of course content is highly practical and includes regular field trips to a variety of work environments. Proven to be highly beneficial, upon completion of the course many students return to study with the college in subsequent years in whatever path they choose to follow. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course however, students should have a recognised learning disability, or a lifelong condition which limits their learning ability. 

Students will be invited to attend an informal meeting with college staff before being accepted on to the course to determine whether the course is suitable for them. They can be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or any other appropriate adult of their choosing. 

  • Art 
  • Drama 
  • English and Communication 
  • Cookery 
  • Horticulture 
  • Music 
  • Information Technology 
  • Sport and Fitness 

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

There is also scope for students to study units from other full-time courses within college, if appropriate for the student. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

The course will be delivered face-to-face in a combination of venues. These could be centre classrooms, centre gardens, centre kitchens, local sports facilities, resource centres and community halls. Students will also go on a number of educational and social visits to other venues. 

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

How long will my course last?

9 Months

Where can I study my course?

    • Oban Learning Centre

Start date

Late August


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Second year of E4L (Next Steps) if at review it is agreed this would be beneficial to them
  • Alternatively students can study on another course at the college, perhaps having studied related units as part of E4L

Employment options

Although not for everyone, we have set up voluntary work placements for students to gain invaluable employment experience, and sometimes students stay on in these after their course has ended



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Apply for Education for Life (E4L) Access

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

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.