The Dunoon Learning Centre is located at West Bay adjacent to the Argyll Ferries terminal. The centre houses 6 teaching rooms, with Video Conference / Presentation equipment, and Wi-Fi access.

Check our courses page to find out what’s currently on offer at the Dunoon 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.

Our Construction Skills Centre and our Engineering unit are at Sandbank Industrial Estate.

Community groups and private organisations can hire space within the centre and there is a discount available for registered charities.

January Start Courses

NPA Construction – this course will cover a range of different topics including plastering, brickwork, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery.  This is a highly practical course that will prepare students to enter the construction industry.  In terms of entry requirements, students should have a keen interest in entering the construction trade.

NC Sport & Fitness – this course provides a great introduction to the field of sport and fitness.  This course allows students to continue in education (successful completion of this course provides access to the HNC Fitness, Health & Exercise) or move into other employment options in the Sport and Fitness Industry. It builds knowledge and skills in sport and fitness e.g. personal fitness, how to deal with accidents and emergencies and how to plan activity sessions.  It’s a highly practical course and students should expect to be taking part in a range of sporting activities.

Health & Social Care: An Introduction –  this course will provide an opportunity to gain good experience and theoretical knowledge of the health & social care field.  This course will provide the student with the skills and knowledge that would allow them to access the SVQ Social Services & Healthcare. The course will cover topics such as care principals and practice, working in health and social care settings, and understanding and supporting people in the health & social care setting.

NPA Entrepreneurial Skills

This NPA (National Progression Award) will provide you with employability and enterprise knowledge and skills. It will improve your opportunities for progression into employment, but also provide an awareness of self-employment options. The course provides you will the opportunity to develop personal attributes of employability such as CV writing, interview skills, customer service and IT skills, which will prepare you for work in any field. It will also promote entrepreneurial skills such as developing a business idea, business planning, job costing and cashflow planning – skills and knowledge that could help you start your own business, or provide underpinning knowledge for further study in a business-related subject.



Get Ready for College

This is a project-based course which prepares learners for study. This new course is aimed at those aiming to apply for an NCs in September but who currently do not have the required core study and/or technology skills. This couse will also include communication skills and IT skills depending on student need.

Crime Writing ‘’Blood on the Keyboard’’ - evening course (CLASS FULL)

During this short course you’ll learn techniques such as plotting, characterisation and dialogue.  You’ll study aspects of criminology to help make your crime writing more credible. You’ll also increase your general communication skills, especially writing, and if completed successfully you’ll gain an SQA award: Communication level 5.

Starts in January and runs for 10 weeks. Costs £86 ( No ITA available).

Introduction to Social Sciences

This evening course will provide an introduction to the field of social sciences by studying a unit called Social Anthropology: Understanding Our Place in the World. You will discuss the value and meaning of close relationships and special occasions in your life, and thinks about how people's attitudes to places contribute to your sense of belonging. 



FIRST AID AT WORK - Date: 14th December. Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm. Cost: £80 (Can be paid using ITA).

This one-day course is suitable for candidates in low-risk workplaces and will cover basic first aid for accidents and emergencies that could occur in the workplace. The course includes a first aid handbook and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.  The course also cover the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). To book your place, please contact Helen Gillies on helen.gillies@uhi.ac.uk or call 01631 559675, or pop into the centre at West Bay for more information.


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