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What is a Networked Course?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the 'live lessons' from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

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SKILLS FOR WORK CRIMINOLOGY - SCQF Level 5

SKILLS FOR WORK CRIMINOLOGY - SCQF Level 5

 

What skills will I gain?

This course provides you with an introduction to criminology, including its history, the role media plays and the prevention of crime.  You will develop knowledge and understanding of the way crime and criminal justice operates.

What units will I study?

  • Criminology: Crime in the Community

And two of the following optional units set by your teacher: -

  • Modern Studies: Social Issues in the United Kingdom
  • The History and Development of Criminology
  • Forensic Science:  Applications
  • Criminology: Crime Scenes

Entry Requirements?

You don’t need passes in specific subjects to join this course, but you need a positive attitude, and you should be willing to learn new skills and undertake a successful interview.

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through open-book and closed-book assessments.

Where will it take me?

Once you have successfully completed the course, you may wish to consider studying the NPA Criminology at SCQF Level 6 or the PDA Criminology at SCQF Level 7.

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SKILLS FOR WORK CYBER SECURITY - SCQF Level 5

SKILLS FOR WORK CYBER SECURITY - SCQF Level 5

What skills will I gain?

This course will raise your awareness of cyber security.  You will improve your cyber hygiene and enable you to identify security weaknesses safely, legally, and ethically.

What units will I study?

  • Data Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking

Entry Requirements?

You don’t need passes in specific subjects to join this course, but you need a positive attitude, and you should be willing to learn new skills and undertake a successful interview.

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of methods which will include reports, case studies and practical assignments.

Where will it take me?

Once you have successfully completed the course, you may wish to consider the PDA at SCQF Level 7 in Cyber Resilience.

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SKILLS FOR WORK EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE - SCQF Level 5

SKILLS FOR WORK EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE - SCQF Level 5

What skills will you gain?

This course goes into further depth and knowledge required for working with children and young people aged 0-16 years. You will gain a deeper understanding of the key milestones in children’s development and learning, and you will learn to identify the key principles important for the overall wellbeing of children and young people based on SHANARRI. With guidance from your tutor, you will learn to develop relevant employment skills such as team working and individual personal skills and qualities required to work within the Childcare sector. You will be able to identify and plan accordingly age-appropriate play activities and understand their importance in the development of children.

What units will I study?

  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Children and Young People: Rights and Protection.

Entry Requirements?  

Ideally, you should be working towards National 5. There will be an interview and you need, to show that you want to learn new skills, and have a real interest in the subject.

How and where will I study?

A College tutor will deliver this course either in School or at your local college centre

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by completing practical and theory tests under supervision from your tutor.

Where will it take me?

Higher Childcare and Development – in school

NQ in Childhood Practice, Health and Social Care SCQF Level 6 – at college

SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) Level 6 – at college

A Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People) – work based

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SKILLS FOR WORK HEALTH SECTOR SKILLS - SCQF Level 5

SKILLS FOR WORK HEALTH SECTOR SKILLS - SCQF Level 5

What skills will you gain?

The Health Sector is one of the largest employers in the country and provides employment opportunities through a varied range of disciplines. Primary and secondary care in the NHS are the most common routes to employment, but this course will cover other areas such as complementary therapies, the retail pharmaceutical industry and the community and voluntary sectors.

You will learn about the services provided by the Health Sector in your local area, the life sciences industry and their role in the diagnosis and treatment of illness, the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle and the structure and function of the cardiovascular system.

You will also look at the health and safety risks to workers in the Health Sector and learn about the range and diversity of careers in non-clinical roles in the Health Sector.

What units will I study?

  • Working in the Health Sector
  • Life Sciences Industry and the Health Sector
  • Improving Health and Wellbeing
  • Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
  • Working in Non-Clinical Roles.

Entry Requirements?

There are no formal entrance requirements; however, you will be interviewed to determine whether this is the right course for you. To get the best out of this course you should enjoy working as part of a team and have an interest in the health sector.

How and where will I study?

You will be taught by a college tutor at either your local Argyll College centre or in the school.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by completing practical tests under supervision from your tutor.

Where will it take me?

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare – at school

A Modern Apprenticeship in the Health sector – work based

Access to Nursing Course – at college

SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare – at college

Nursing Degree – at university

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NPA ACCOUNTANCY - SCQF Level 6

NPA ACCOUNTANCY - SCQF Level 6

What skills will I gain?

This course provides you with an introduction to the fundamental knowledge and skills relating to the study of accountancy.

What units will I study?

  • During the course you will study the following five units: -
  • Preparing management accounting information
  • Analysing accounting information
  • Preparing financial accounting information
  • Professional ethics for accountants
  • Recording transactions in a ledger

Entry Requirements?

Applicants should be in S5 or S6 and have gained or be studying for Higher Mathematics.

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through open-book and closed-book assessments.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the course will support your application to other accounting-related programmes at further or higher education or you could progress directly into employment or a Modern Apprenticeship.

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NPA CREATIVE DIGITAL MEDIA - SCQF Level 4 & 5

NPA CREATIVE DIGITAL MEDIA - SCQF Level 4 & 5

What skills will you gain?

The digital media and creative industries sector includes industries such as advertising, music, TV and radio, multimedia, computer software development, printing and publishing. It employs over 60,000 people in Scotland.

This course will help you to think creatively, work under pressure, use new technologies and communicate with others. You will learn about how digital media assets are used in television, radio, publishing and games.  Throughout the course you will be creating and capturing audio such as making backing tracks, recording sound effects, using photo manipulation software to create stunning visuals, animation software and learn how to pitch it all to prospective clients.

What units will I study?

  • An Introduction to the Industry
  • The Creative Process
  • Hardware and Software
  • Creative Digital Media: Production Project

Entry Requirements?

You don’t need passes in specific subjects to join this course, but you need a positive attitude and you should be willing to learn new skills, and undertake a successful interview.

How and where will I study?

Depending on the location you will study via video-conferencing or at our local centre. 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by completing practical tests under supervision from your tutor.

Where will it take me?

NPA Art & Design: Digital Media – at school

NC Computing with Digital Media – at college

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NPA CRIMINOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

NPA CRIMINOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

What skills will I gain?

This course will develop your understanding of the criminal justice system.  You will also study the complex nature of crime and the problems of measuring crime.

What units will I study?

  • Criminology: Nature and Extent of Crime

and two of the following optional units set by your teacher: -

  • Modern Studies: Social Issues in the United Kingdom
  • Criminology: Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Science: Practical Techniques
  • Criminology: Crime Control Strategies
  • Crime in Society

Entry Requirements?

Suitable for pupils in S5/S6 – it may be advantageous to have studied the NPA Criminology at SCQF level 5 but not essential.

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through open-book and closed-book assessments.

Where will it take me?

After successful completion of the course, you may choose to progress onto the PDA in Criminology or apply to further or higher education to further your studies.

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NPA FINANCIAL SERVICES - SCQF Level 6

NPA FINANCIAL SERVICES - SCQF Level 6

What skills will I gain?

This course will introduce you to the skills that are important within the Financial Services sector.  It will develop your knowledge and understanding of Financial Services; practical, technical, and transferrable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; resource management; problem-solving and planning; organisational and communication skills.

What units will I study?

  • Financial Services: An Introduction
  • Financial Services: The Regulatory Framework
  • Financial Services: Communication
  • Financial Services: Promoting Positive Customer Relationships
  • Financial Services: Personal Finance Awareness

Entry Requirements?

Suitable for S5/S6 pupils who have gained one or more of the following: -

¨ National 5/Higher English

¨ National 5/Higher Mathematics

¨ SCQF level 5 award or equivalent in a Business-related subject

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a variety of methods which will include open-book assessments, practical tasks, and a portfolio of evidence.

Where will it take me?

After successful completion of the course, you may wish to consider a Modern Apprenticeship in Financial Services.

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NPA LEGAL STUDIES - SCQF Level 6

NPA LEGAL STUDIES - SCQF Level 6

What skills will I gain?

This course provides you with the fundamental knowledge and understanding of Scots Law and its application.   Emphasis is given to the value of your opinion and the expression of ideas and principles.  You will develop a substantiated position with reasoned and qualified argument. 

What units will I study?

Crime in Society - The purpose of this Unit is to enable candidates to explain what constitutes a crime in Scotland and the main principles involved in the prosecution of crime and to explore the nature of crime and its effects on the individual and the community.

Scots Law: An Introduction - The purpose of this Unit is to provide candidates with a broad knowledge and understanding of Scots Law including the sources of law and how new law is made. They will learn about the differences between the criminal law and the civil law and about the structure, jurisdiction and appeals of both the civil and the criminal courts. They will develop knowledge and understanding of the system of criminal prosecution in Scotland, about the tribunal system, and about the roles, appointments and responsibilities of the legal profession.

Entry Requirements?

Suitable for S5/S6 pupils who have a pass at credit level in Nat 5 or Higher English

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of methods.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of a National Progression Award may assist candidates to access full-time National Certificates in a range of related areas such as Legal Services, Business Management and Human Resource Management

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PDA CRIMINOLOGY - SCQF Level 7

PDA CRIMINOLOGY - SCQF Level 7

What skills will I gain?

This course will introduce you to a number of topics and areas of discussion that inform modern-day justice.  During the course, you will examine the accused’s journey from initial arrest; trial and sentencing and the disposals adopted by the Scottish Criminal Justice System.  You will also study the effectiveness of the Scottish System in comparison with other criminal justice systems.

What units will I study?

  • Criminology: The Accused’s Journey

And one or two of the following optional units set by your teacher: -

  • Politics B: The United Kingdom and Scotland – 2 credits
  • Psychology B: Explanation and Research of Psychological Topics – 2 credits
  • Sociology B: Applying Sociological Theories and Studies to Sociological Topics – 2 credits
  • Community Learning and Development: Working with Young People - 1 credit
  • Youth and Community Justice – 1 credit
  • Sociology for Social Care Practice – 1 credit
  • Psychology for Social Care Practice – 1 credit
  • Understanding and Supporting Behaviour - 1 credit
  • Scottish Criminal Procedure – 1 credit
  • Legal Aid in Scotland – 1 credit

Entry Requirements?

This course is suitable for those senior pupils in S6 who have studied and gained their Higher English or studied the NPA Criminology at SCQF level 6.

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through open-book and closed-book assessments.

Where will it take me?

After successful completion of the course, you may choose to progress a full Higher National qualification in Social Services and Legal Services at SCQF level 7 or 8.

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PDA CYBER RESILIENCE - SCQF Level 7

PDA CYBER RESILIENCE - SCQF Level 7

What skills will I gain?

This course aims to provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in cyber security and increase your awareness and develop a deeper knowledge of it. 

What units will I study?

  • Cyber Resilience
  • Data Security
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Cyber Security
  • Social Engineering

Entry Requirements?

No previous experience of Cyber Security is needed however completion of the NPA Cyber Security at SQCF level 5 would be advantageous.

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How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods.

Where will it take me?

After successful completion of the course, you may choose to progress onto a HNC or HND in Cyber Security.

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PDA WEB DEVELOPMENT - SCQF Level 7

PDA WEB DEVELOPMENT - SCQF Level 7

What skills will I gain?

By the end of this course, you will have knowledge of basic website development fundamentals, be able to plan and design a website and design a complex web solution for a given brief.

What units will I study?

  • Web Development: Essential Content
  • Web Development: Complex Content

Entry Requirements?

This course is suitable for those senior pupils in S6 who have studied and gained their Higher Grades.  Do we need something in here about ICT at SCQF Level 6? 

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a variety of methods which will include closed-book assessment and projects.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of this award could count towards an HNC in Interactive Media or support your application into direct employment within the Web Development Sector.

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PDA WEBSITE DESIGN - SCQF Level 7

PDA WEBSITE DESIGN - SCQF Level 7

What skills will I gain?

Studying this course will develop your knowledge and skills working on Web development projects and current technologies and processes involved in producing websites.

What units will I study?

  • Web Site Design: Planning and Design
  • Web Site Design: Multimedia Content Creation
  • Web Site Design: Development Technologies

Entry Requirements?

This course is suitable for those senior pupils in S6 who have studied and gained their Higher Grades. Do we need something in here about ICT at SCQF Level 6?

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a variety of methods which will include closed-book assessment and projects.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the course would allow you to enter employment in a range of sectors that use the internet and web as a fundamental part of their business.  Support your application to further study in interactive media, multimedia, Web development or a related area.

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HIGHER PSYCHOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

HIGHER PSYCHOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

What skills will you gain?

Psychology is defined as ‘the scientific study of the mind and behaviour’. As well as a basic interest in human behaviour, you should have a basic grasp of scientific principles and the ability to analyse and evaluate theories and research studies. Assessment will involve describing relevant knowledge, analysing and evaluating this knowledge in terms of its scientific content, practical applications, ethical considerations etc. You will design an experiment/non-experiment based on a SQA candidate brief and write up a research report. This is worth 40% of the final mark and is marked externally. There is also a requirement to complete one piece of practical coursework.

What units will I study?

  • Individual Behaviour
  • Research
  • Social Behaviour

Entry Requirements?

You should have English and Psychology at National 5.

How and where will I study?

Classes are delivered via video-conferencing

How will I be assessed?

There is a prelim exam to allow you to see the layout of the exam paper and to identify strengths and areas for improvement, these are marked internally and graded. There will also be a final exam.

Where will it take me?

Higher Psychology is suitable preparation for entry to higher education courses in psychology or further study in other academic and vocational subjects.

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HIGHER SOCIOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

HIGHER SOCIOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

What Skills will I gain?

The course will help you develop:-

  • an understanding of society through gaining knowledge and understanding of sociological perspectives, theories and concepts
  • the ability to challenge common-sense explanations about human social behaviour using sociological understanding and evidence
  • an understanding of cultural and social diversity, including the significance of relationships among individuals, groups and institutions in a changing social world
  • an understanding of the role of sources of information, research evidence and research methods used in sociology
  • research skills, including the ability to select, organise, analyse and evaluate information ¨ thinking and communication skills used in sociology

There are three areas of study

Human Society

Culture and identity

Social Issues

Entry requirements

You should have achieved or be working towards Higher English

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