Deciding your future during Covid-19: Education and training opportunities in Oban

SAMS and Argyll College are partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), which is planning a partner-wide online Open Day on August 5, 2020, a great chance to find out more about what is available and to speak directly to students and staff. 

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With exam results just around the corner, partners in the Oban: A University Town project are highlighting the range and quality of education and training on offer right here in Oban.

The impact of Covid-19 has undoubtedly influenced the direction of many future career paths. School leavers are having to make or change some of the most important decisions of their life during unprecedented times. Many people are also now looking to upskill, retrain or even change career due to the economic impact of Covid-19. But opportunities to train closer to home may be a solution for those constrained by finances and the anxiety of moving to a new area to access learning opportunities during the pandemic.

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Ballet West, and Argyll College UHI, are gearing up for the start of the new academic year and are ready to welcome around 800 new and returning students.

And it is not too late to apply for local courses starting this August and September. Clearing is open and for those not holding an offer from a university or college, so it is not too late to discuss your options directly with campus staff and apply for courses that have spaces left.

SAMS and Argyll College are partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), which is planning a partner-wide online Open Day on August 5, a great chance to find out more about what is available and to speak directly to students and staff.

John Howe, Programme Leader at SAMS UHI, based on the shore at Dunbeg, said: ‘If you have a passion for our oceans and thinking about a career in STEM, then consider our BSc (Hons) Marine Science programme, which is taught just metres from the sea. We have spaces available for September 2020 and those interested can sign up via the SAMS website to our UHI Open Day webinar, presented online by marine science students, or give our student support team a call to find out more.”

Chris Hammell of Ballet West added: ‘Ballet West offers the training required for a successful professional dance career.  Our international reputation for quality means we are able to attract the best students and teachers from around the world.  This year we have students from 17 countries taking part in our BA (Hons) Ballet degree course.’

Theresa Bain, centre manager for Argyll College in Oban said: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in how and where we work, and highlighted the skills people need for jobs in the digital world. We can help you enhance your digital skills, whatever your starting point – from access courses to degrees in business, digital media, computing science or applied software development with IBM.

‘Enrolling with Argyll College has the added flexibility of allowing you annual exit points, with nationally recognised qualifications such as an HNC or HND, during the first couple years of a full degree.’