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Argyll College Learning Centre, UK

Oban Centre

Oban Centre is the largest of the Argyll College Learning Centres, located in Oban which has recently received the status of University Town. The college is easily accessible and is a short bus ride or walk from Oban centre where there is a bustling high street of small shops, restaurants and cafes.

The Learning Centre houses eight large teaching rooms, each with Video Conference / Presentation equipment, and Wi-Fi access. The other ten rooms offer various teaching and video conferencing facilities.

Check our courses page to find out what’s currently on offer at the Oban Learning Centre or pop in to view our facilities for yourself. Our staff can provide advice on the application process and how to fund your studies.

The college has its own restaurant where you can buy light snacks, home baking and gourmet food, all prepared by the cookery and hospitality students – delicious!!

Our college garden is a charming and peaceful place that is a joy to sit in and look at the latest flowers and veggies that the students have been cultivating.


Glenshellach Business Park
PA34 4RY

Tel 01631 559 500
Fax 01631 567 131


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The Oban Centre will remain open throughout the summer however the opening hours for the Oban centre will be 9am-4pm from week beginning 3rd July, until further notice.


Full-time courses

Full-time courses at the Oban Centre


Please come in to the centre to discuss any of these courses in more detail, to apply for a course or to find out more about the range of open learning courses we also offer. Alternatively you could give us a call on 01631 559500



Full-time courses from September 2015

  • Towards a Career in Childcare
  • NC Early Education and Childcare
  • HNC Early Education and Childcare
  • Working in the Community
  • SVQ Level 2 Youth Work
  • SVQ Levels 2 and 3 Social Services (Children and Young People)
  • SVQ Levels 1, 2 and 3 Hairdressing


  • NC Administration
  • HNC and HND Administration and Information Technology
  • NC and HNC Business
  • NC Digital Media Computing
  • HNC Computing
  • HND Computer Science
  • HNC Interactive Media


  • NC, HNC and HND Sound Production
  • NC  Creative Industries – Dance and Drama
  • NC Acting and Theatre Performance


  • SVQ Level 1 Hospitality Services
  • SVQ  Level 1 Food Preparation and Cookery
  • SVQ Levels 2 and 3 Professional Cookery
  • HNC Hospitality
  • NC Travel and Tourism


  • NC Sport and Fitness
  • HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • Maritime Skills


  • Introduction to Horticulture
  • NC Horticulture
  • HNC Horticulture
  • Introduction to Land-Based Skills
  • HNC Agriculture
  • Equido Level 2


Short Full-Time Courses:

  • Access to Health and Social Care
  • NC Travel and Tourism



Short Courses


Short and Evening courses


Part-time Day and Evening Courses

•    Literature 1 and Communication 4
•    Higher English
•    Higher Maths
•    Higher Geology
•    Introduction to Counselling
•    Counselling Skills
•    Introduction to Psychology
•    Higher Psychology
•    Cookery – including bread making, cakes and pastries & chocolate making
•    Gardening
•    Guitar
•    Handbags to Gladrags – make-up, hair styling, products etc.
•    Equido Level 1

Languages Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced
•    Spanish
•    Italian
•    French
•    ESOL ( English for Speakers of Other Languages)

RYA Day Skipper: Shore Based Theory
Generally delivered over three weekends you will learn the basics of seamanship.
•    the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
•    chartwork, electronic charts
•    position fixing, plotting a course to steer
•    weather forecasting, meteorology and tides
•    collision regulations
•    construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
•    emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and life rafts     

•    Online Basics – beginners course
•    Computer and Online Basics – a step up from Online Basics
•    European Computer Driving Licence
•    Web Design
•    Sage Line 50 – Beginners
•    Sage Line 50 - Intermediate

National Progression Awards (NPA) (These consist of a group of units at Further Education level)
•    NPA Administration: Information Technology & Audio
•    NPA Administration: Office Skills and Services
•    NPA Equine (Horsemanship)
•    NPA Horticulture

Personal Development Awards (PDA) (These consist of a group of units at Higher Education level)
•    PDA Information Technology in Business
•    PDA Office Administration
•    PDA Promoting Excellence in Dementia Skilled Practice
•    PDA Promoting Excellence in Dementia Skilled Practice – Guidance for Employers
•    PDA Addiction Counselling
•    PDA Administration of Medication

You can also study a number of higher education courses by distance learning from HNC to degree level.




Visit our professional hair salon where the students cut, colour and style hair at very reasonable costs.

To arrange an appointment, please contact the salon on 01631 559 510.