Focus On: Part-time

Surprise yourself and try something new!

Find out about part-time and distance learning courses. Develop new skills, gain qualifications or just have some fun!

Distance Learning



Our 2021 Part-time guide is out now with courses geared towards increasing career opportunities and doing something for yourself – just because you can!

Take a look at our distance learning and part time courses and see if you can surprise yourself  in 2021 by trying something different – for work, for leisure, for you!

Many courses are available on an online basis – so why not take a look?



Courses starting soon

Purely Photography

Learn how to use your camera settings to take high-quality, interesting photographs.

Creative Writing - Improvers

This course is for anyone who has a desire to write, but isn’t sure where to begin! It is a short course which aims to explore, not only the narrative, but the whole creative process.

Cake Decoration: Next Step

During this 10 week course you will be expand the skills you have already learned, and start to concentrate on more complex designs and decorations.

Conversational French: Beginners

This course is designed for learners with no previous knowledge of French, but an interest in learning this beautiful language. At the end of the course, learners should be able to understand simple spoken information and understand very simple text.

Conversational Italian: Beginners

This course is designed for learners with no previous knowledge of Italian, but an interest in learning this beautiful language. At the end of the course, learners should be able to understand simple spoken information and understand very simple text.

Distance Learning

The distance learning programme offers online courses to help support both personal and professional development. They are designed to fit in with your day to day life  – you study at a place and at a time that is right for you.

Looking to improve job prospects?

Many of our distance learning courses are designed with professional development in mind. You can work towards accredited qualifications to enhance your CV and help you with your career. Here’s a selection of what’s on offer:

Health and Safety

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) qualification is the starting point for anyone looking to start a career in Health and Safety
Health & Safety at work
Occupational Health & Safety 

Human Resources

The Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) courses offer the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and build a firm foundation for a career in HR
Human Resource Practice – Part 1
Human Resource Practice – Part 2

Logistics management

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) offer an introduction to logistics management for those who wish to pursue a career in this field
Logistics and Transport – Level 2
Logistics and Transport – Level 3

Digital skills

Enhance your computer skills and literacy with European Computer Driving License (ECDL) courses and Microsoft Office applications at introductory, intermediate or advanced levels.

Highers, National Qualifications & Units

Courses leading to SQA qualifications for Professional Development Awards, HN Units, Certificates or Diplomas can be found in our distance learning course directory.

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Distance learning courses are typically delivered through online learning although some campus attendance may be required for workshop or assessment purposes.




Have you always wanted to try learning a language or feel you need to improve your digital skills? Perhaps you’d like to get away from a computer screen and have a go at something more practically minded such as woodwork or cookery or photography?

Take a look at our new 2021 Part-Time guide for courses starting from January to June. For in-depth course information with online booking:

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Learning options depend on the course you choose:
• Face to face at campuses and learning centres*
• A blend of online and classroom delivery*
• Classes are held during the day, evening, weekend or 24/7 virtual basis.

*Due to Covid-19 some of our courses have been postponed and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with Scottish Government guidance whilst others are no longer available. We are  however able to deliver a selection of our courses online  – please check on the individual course pages.


There are a number of funding options available to support part time and distance learning courses. They are course dependent. Some funding e.g. ITA funding is available on a first come, first served basis – be sure you don’t miss out by applying for funding sooner rather than later. Find out more.

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