Information for Applicants FAQs

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We hope this section will answer some of the questions you may have. For any more information please contact ACAdmissions@uhi.ac.uk

Will the course I’m interested in be running this year? content

Will the course I’m interested in be running this year?

Will the course I’m interested in be running this year?

The health and safety of our students, staff and visitors will always be our priority. We will continue to use blended learning and teaching, and we are asking most students, initially at least, to join your online classes from home. If you need to attend a class in person, you will be told about this.

We are hopeful that government guidance will change in time, and we look forward to welcoming you into your local learning centre as soon as it is safe to do so.

We will continue to be as flexible as possible with all students in allowing them to connect from home where a class is timetabled in a centre and COVID19 related issues (eg children not in school/self-isolation) would prevent attendance in person, for as long as these issues persist.

We have over 20 years’ experience in delivering courses using a combination of video conferencing and online learning supported by our teaching staff and college centre teams so you can be certain we will give you a great start on the path to your future.

What days or times of the week will the course run? content

What days or times of the week will the course run?

What days or times of the week will the course run?

Most full-time courses will require you to participate in connected learning for around 3 days per week. Connected learning is when you learn together with tutors, students, and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Do you have a timetable for my course yet? content

Do you have a timetable for my course yet?

Do you have a timetable for my course yet?

Your course timetable will be made available to you during your online induction. If you are having issues accessing your timetable please contact your tutor in the first instance.

For term timetables please see further details here.

When do you expect course to start this year? Do we have a start date? content

When do you expect course to start this year? Do we have a start date?

When do you expect course to start this year? Do we have a start date?

The health and safety of our students, staff and visitors will always be our priority. We will continue to use blended learning and teaching, and we are asking most students, initially at least, to join your online classes from home. If you need to attend a class in person, you will be told about this.

The course I’m interested in has a large element of practical activity – how is that going to work this year? content

The course I’m interested in has a large element of practical activity – how is that going to work this year?

The course I’m interested in has a large element of practical activity – how is that going to work this year?

We will continue to follow Government guidelines which states that at the moment, we can have a phased return with a blended model of remote learning (online-classroom) and limited on campus learning where this is a priority.

Please note that for the moment, only those staff and students who have prior agreement will be able to attend centres at designated times on allocated days.

We have always included a large degree of flexibility in the way we deliver our more practical courses.  Obviously the current situation brings greater challenges, but we are confident that we will be able to structure the courses to allow the practical elements to continue in new and innovative ways or where necessary to be covered later in the academic year when its is considered safe to do so.

My course includes a work placement – will that go ahead? content

My course includes a work placement – will that go ahead?

My course includes a work placement – will that go ahead?

We are looking at how we can offer work placement opportunities if applicable to your course. We will work closely with our providers to keep students safe in line with current guidance, while gaining the necessary skills.

I don’t have great IT skills but I want to study remotely – what support will I get to understand how to access my course/learn this way? content

I don’t have great IT skills but I want to study remotely – what support will I get to understand how to access my course/learn this way?

I don’t have great IT skills but I want to study remotely – what support will I get to understand how to access my course/learn this way?

Don’t let your IT skills, equipment or slow broadband stop you – speak to us about anything you think might stand in your way, we may be able to help.

We expect ALL of our students will need some support and help in getting started. 

If you think you will have difficulty working from home because of poor connectivity, IT issues or lack of suitable equipment, you should get in touch with your local centre staff.  We’ll do everything we can to ensure that you are well placed to join your course remotely, until such times as we can welcome all students back into centres. You’ll find contact details for your local centre here

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in January 2021? content

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in January 2021?

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in January 2021?

We will be holding interviews where necessary using online technologies such as Webex, Skype or telephone for course applications this year.  All offers will be sent by email (please check your junk folder if you haven't yet received an email from us in your mailbox).

What happens about my exam results? How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications? content

What happens about my exam results? How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications?

What happens about my exam results? How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications?

Exams (Nat 5, Higher, Advanced Higher and A levels) have now been cancelled in Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as many other countries across the world. We are aware of how unsettling this situation is for all those affected. We are monitoring the processes put in place by the different exam bodies to allow grading and certification to go ahead in the absence of the final exams and will work with this information when it becomes available.

If you already have a conditional offer or receive a conditional offer from us relating to exam results, your final grades will come through to us as normal to allow final decisions to be made. There is a possibility that the final results for some qualifications may change or take longer to process, and if this is the case, we will notify any applicants this affects.

Please rest assured that if you have not achieved the result you hoped for due to the exams being cancelled, we will consider all evidence provided to ensure that you have an opportunity to access an appropriate course that gives you the best chance to succeed. We will keep you informed of any impacts on your application. You can help us by making sure you respond as quickly as possible to offers made and to requests for additional information.

Will I need my own laptop or pc to access my course if study is going to be at home? content

Will I need my own laptop or pc to access my course if study is going to be at home?

Will I need my own laptop or pc to access my course if study is going to be at home?

We’re asking most students to join your online class from home until we can all safely return to our Learning centres. Generally, this means you’ll need to have :

  • access to the internet (2MB upload and download speed)
  • a device with camera and microphone - this could be a tablet, PC, or laptop.

Please note that Chromebooks do not currently work with UHI software and services, and we don’t recommend using a smart phone to join online classes.

You can find more information about what equipment you should have here.

If you think you will have difficulty working from home because of poor connectivity, IT issues or lack of suitable equipment, you should get in touch with your local centre staff.  We’ll do everything we can to ensure that you are well placed to join your course remotely, until such times as we can welcome all students back into centres. You’ll find contact details for your local centre here

I have to share my laptop with another family member and might not be able to access classes at scheduled times. content

I have to share my laptop with another family member and might not be able to access classes at scheduled times.

I have to share my laptop with another family member and might not be able to access classes at scheduled times.

We will be looking at a variety of methods of studying, including the options to potentially study some parts of the course at times that are suitable for you and with follow up support from your lecturing and centre staff where needed.  With good communications between you and your lecturer, we are sure this can be accommodated.

I don’t have a strong internet connection at home, how will this affect my study and can college help? content

I don’t have a strong internet connection at home, how will this affect my study and can college help?

I don’t have a strong internet connection at home, how will this affect my study and can college help?

We will work with you to explore how that can be addressed  and to support you in accessing what is required for your studies. If you would like to speak to someone in more detail about this please contact us on ACadmissions@uhi.ac.uk

Broadband Connection - You should have a minimum 2MB download speed and 2MB upload speed, which would class as a standard quality connection for accessing UHI services. Use our broadband speed checker to assess the speed of your home broadband or mobile data connection. To get accurate results, make sure you're not using your internet connection for anything else while the test runs, such as Wi-Fi connections on Mobile phones, smart speakers, Sky boxes etc. All of these will affect your connection.

How will course funding/bursary be affected if the course doesn’t start until October? When will bursary/funding be paid to me? content

How will course funding/bursary be affected if the course doesn’t start until October? When will bursary/funding be paid to me?

How will course funding/bursary be affected if the course doesn’t start until October? When will bursary/funding be paid to me?

We are still finalising arrangements for courses due to start in session 2020-21.  However, we expect funding will be available as normal to cover study from the start date to the end date.  Once that information is known, we will contact you to let you know how you  will be affected.

I’ve accepted an offer but think I might want to defer for a year rather than try to juggle family, work and studying online – not sure it’s for me. content

I’ve accepted an offer but think I might want to defer for a year rather than try to juggle family, work and studying online – not sure it’s for me.

I’ve accepted an offer but think I might want to defer for a year rather than try to juggle family, work and studying online – not sure it’s for me.

We’d be happy to talk you through what’s the best thing for you.  Our courses have always been designed to be as flexible as possible to allow you to fit in “life” with study and many of our students prefer that.  We have years of experience in delivering courses this way with a combination of some timetabled activity and some more flexible ways of learning.

We are looking at ways to re-schedule some of the practical and collaborative aspects of some of our courses so that they can be studied later in the course and concentrating on the many parts of the course that can be tackled now using video conferencing and online technologies.  All of this will ensure that if you study with us, you’ll be moving ahead with your career plan.

Our teaching and support staff are extremely experienced in supporting students in this type of learning so there is no need to alter or delay your plans – we can support you to achieve all your future aspirations.

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming onto the college campus? content

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming onto the college campus?

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming onto the college campus?

We will continue to follow Government guidelines which states that at the moment, we can have a phased return with a blended model of remote learning (online-classroom) and limited on campus learning where this is a priority.

Please note that for the moment, only those staff and students who have prior agreement will be able to attend centres at designated times on allocated days.

We are not currently required to ask students of staff to be tested. In the event of an outbreak of confirmed coronavirus, the college will support and share relevant information as per the public health Test and Protect measures.

The Senior Management Team continue to look at priority access and more information will be given to those affected. In the meantime, and until you are notified otherwise, please continue to work from home if you possibly can.You will be advised of any changes to access arrangements or behaviour guidelines as and when changes occur.

I’m an EU student/applicant, how will the Brexit transition affect me? content

I’m an EU student/applicant, how will the Brexit transition affect me?

I’m an EU student/applicant, how will the Brexit transition affect me?

On the 1 January 2021, the UK will formally leave the EU. This will affect all current EU students studying at Argyll College UHI and all new applicants from the EU.

If you are currently living in the UK, we would strongly suggest that you apply for settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme before the 1 of January 2021.

If you are not currently living in the UK, and you are hoping to study at Argyll College UHI after the 1 January 2021, please contact ACAdmissions@uhi.ac.uk to discuss all the options available to you.

To find out more about how this might affect you read our information for EU Students and Applicants.