Part-Time Units

Learn for FREE in 2023 content

Learn for FREE in 2023

Rising prices and soaring inflation are affecting everyone, that's why we’ve made learning free in January 2023. We’re waiving student fees on these part-time Further Education courses to ensure nothing stands in your way.

These options are single units from some of our full-time courses – a great way to get a flavour of what we do and learn something new.

In January 2023 all applicants should apply for a Fee Waiver to cover the costs of the course. Those who are not eligible for an SFC fee waiver will be able to claim a discretionary fee waiver from UHI Argyll. Please complete and return the Fee Waiver Form to ACadmissions@uhi.ac.uk or contact your local centre.

You can apply for your course before applying for a Fee Waiver, but you should have the fee waiver confirmed before the course start date.

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ESOL English language levels 4 and 5

ESOL English language levels 4 and 5

Develop the language skills needed for everyday life in familiar personal, social and transactional contexts for learners whose first language is not English.

You will improve your skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, using simple English language.

We will asses your current skill level to make sure you are placed at an approriate level.

Courses will begin in late January and the timetables have not yet been finalised.

see more about ESOL Level 4 or  ESOL Level 5

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Vegetative Propagation

Vegetative Propagation

H1K6 11 - 1 credit

Learn how to propagate a wide variety of plants using many different methods. This course will improve your horticulture skills giving you greater success in your own garden or giving you a boost into a horticulture career such as working on a plant nursery.

Topics include:

  • Hardwood, semi-ripe and softwood cuttings
  • Division
  • Leaf cuttings
  • Root cuttings
  • An Introduction to grafting

From Jan 24th to 22nd March 2023

Practical classes at Mount Stuart Estate: Tuesdays 9-10

Theory classes at UHI Argyll Rothesay Centre or online from home: Wednesdays 9-12

Please bring outdoor clothing suitable to the weather conditions for your practical classes and your gardening gloves. If you have a favourite pair of secateurs bring these along too, although all necessary equipment will be provided.

This course is assessed by a short investigation of propagation techniques for plants of your choice, research into cutting rooting environments and practical observation of your developing techniques. There are no tests or exams in this course.

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Bedding Plant Production

Bedding Plant Production

H1KA 11 - 1 credit

Learn how to grow your own bedding plants from seed or cutting using commercial techniques and how to plant beautiful bedding displays. This course will improve your own gardening skills or give you a boost to enter a horticultural career such as working on a plant nursery.

Topics include:

  • Identification of bedding plants
  • Production of bedding plants from plugs and rooted cuttings
  • Commercial production systems
  • Planting bedding plant displays
  • Costing of bedding plant production

From Jan 24th to 22nd March 2023

Practical classes at Mount Stuart Estate: Tuesdays 10-12

Theory classes at UHI Argyll Rothesay Centre or online from home: Wednesdays 1-3

Please bring outdoor clothing suitable to the weather conditions for your practical classes and your gardening gloves. If you have a favourite pair of secateurs bring these along too, although all necessary equipment will be provided.

This course is assessed throughout by a range of activities including practical and theory work. There are no large end-of-course tests or exams in this course.

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Protected Crop Production: Pot Plants

Protected Crop Production: Pot Plants

H1K0 11 - 1 credit

Learn how to grow a range of pot plants using commercial techniques ready for planting out in the garden or for sale. This course will improve your own gardening skills or give you a boost to enter a horticultural career such as working on a plant nursery.

Topics include:

  • Selection of suitable composts and containers
  • Commercial production techniques
  • Provision of suitable growing environment
  • Propagation techniques and aftercare

From Jan 24th to 22nd March 2023

Practical classes at Mount Stuart Estate: Tuesdays 1-3

Theory classes at UHI Argyll Rothesay Centre or online from home: Wednesdays 3-5

Please bring outdoor clothing suitable to the weather conditions for your practical classes and your gardening gloves. If you have a favourite pair of secateurs bring these along too, although all necessary equipment will be provided.

This course is assessed throughout by a range of activities including practical and theory work. There are no large end-of-course tests or exams in this course.

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Home and Allotment Gardening

Home and Allotment Gardening

H1JS 11 - 1 credit

Learn how to properly plan and grow a bumper crop of fruit and vegetables. This course will improve your own gardening skills or give you a boost to enter a horticultural career such as working in a market garden or as a gardener.

Topics include:

  • Crop rotation and planning
  • Organic growing principles
  • Soil preparation, testing and improvement
  • Crop planting and aftercare
  • Fruit bush and tree pruning
  • Harvesting techniques

From Jan 24th to 23rd March 2023

Practical classes at Mount Stuart Estate: Tuesdays 3-4

Theory classes at UHI Argyll Rothesay Centre or online from home: Thursdays 9-12

Please bring outdoor clothing suitable to the weather conditions for your practical classes and your gardening gloves. If you have a favourite pair of secateurs bring these along too, although all necessary equipment will be provided.

This course is assessed throughout by a range of activities including practical and theory work. There are no large end-of-course tests or exams in this course.

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Plant Production from Seed

Plant Production from Seed

H1JH 11 - 1 credit

Learn how to propagate a range of edible and ornamental plants from seed indoors and outdoors. This course will improve your own gardening skills or give you a boost to enter a horticultural career such as working in a plant nursery, market garden or as a gardener.

Topics include:

  • Seed gathering and storage
  • Propagation from seed indoors in containers
  • Propagation from seed outdoors in drills
  • Propagation from seed outdoors by broadcasting
  • Seedling aftercare

From Jan 24th to 23rd March 2023

Practical classes at Mount Stuart Estate: Tuesdays 4-5

Theory classes at UHI Argyll Rothesay Centre or online from home: Thursdays 1-4

Please bring outdoor clothing suitable to the weather conditions for your practical classes and your gardening gloves. If you have a favourite pair of secateurs bring these along too, although all necessary equipment will be provided.

This course is assessed throughout by a range of activities including practical and theory work. There are no tests or exams in this course.

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Plant Identification

Plant Identification

H1JB 11 - 1 credit

Learn how to use botanical (Latin) names for plants and the differences between plant groups such as herbaceous, shrubs and trees, annual biennial and perennial, monoecious and dioecious and many more! This course will improve your horticultural skills for use in your own garden or give you a boost to enter a horticultural career such as working in a plant nursery or public garden.

Topics include:

  • Botanical naming of plants
  • Plant morphology (leaf shapes, flower shapes, stem characteristics and more)
  • Identification of a range of plants using correct botanical names
  • Identification of plants using a key

From March 28th to May 31st 2023

Practical classes at Mount Stuart Estate: Tuesdays 9-10

Theory classes at UHI Argyll Rothesay Centre or online from home: Wednesdays 9-12

Please bring outdoor clothing suitable to the weather conditions for your practical classes and your gardening gloves. If you have a favourite pair of secateurs bring these along too, although all necessary equipment will be provided.

This course is assessed throughout by a range of activities including practical and theory work and regular quizzes on botanical terminology and plant identification.

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Soft Landscaping and Plantsmanship

Soft Landscaping and Plantsmanship

H1K5 11 and H1JN 11

2 credits

Learn how to design with plants, putting together collections of plants that combine beautifully and enjoy the same growing conditions. This course will improve your horticultural skills for use in your own garden or give you a boost to enter a horticultural career such as working in public garden or as a garden designer.

Topics include:

  • Creating planting plans
  • Drawing to scale
  • Plant uses and preferred growing conditions
  • Creating plant combinations
  • Ground preparation and soil improvement
  • Laying out and planting techniques

From March 28th to May 31st 2023

Practical classes at Mount Stuart Estate: Tuesdays 10-3

Theory classes at UHI Argyll Rothesay Centre or online from home: Wednesdays 1-5

Please bring outdoor clothing suitable to the weather conditions for your practical classes and your gardening gloves. If you have a favourite pair of secateurs bring these along too, although all necessary equipment for practical work will be provided. A scale ruler, circle template and paper and pencils would be useful (lecturers will provide guidance on equipment).

This course is assessed throughout a range of activities including practical and theory work including a planting plan, plant profiles and observation of your developing practical skills.

 

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Social Media Literacy

Social Media Literacy

1 credit

This Unit covers practical skills in the use of social media, including how to use it safely. You’ll look at some unique characteristics, current uses, and the opportunities and threats it poses. You’ll investigate the different types of social media and be given practical experience of using social media for personal and community purposes.

From January 24th to 30th May 2023

Online classes: Tuesdays 4.15 - 6.15pm 

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Computer Games Design

Computer Games Design

1 credit

In this unit is you’ll gain an understanding of underlying concepts and fundamental principles involved in computer game planning and design. This is an introductory unit, and a great starting point for anyone who wants to continue into further study of computer games.

The unit covers the following knowledge and skills:

  • Computer game genres and platforms
  • Writing proposals for computer games
  • Receiving and acting on feedback to proposals
  • Elements of a game design
  • Designing and planning computer games

From January 26th to June 1st 2023

Online classes: Thursdays 11.15am -1.15pm

 

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Computer Games Development

Computer Games Development

1 credit

In this unit you’ll gain knowledge and acquire basic skills in developing a computer game using a game development tool or coding. This is an introductory unit suitable for all learners. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

The unit covers the following knowledge and skills:

  • Constructing a working computer game
  • Importing the media assets
  • Following a design to create a working game
  • Evaluating and testing the completed game

From January 26th to June 1st 2023

Online classes: Thursdays 9 - 11am