Get a taste for college life at school

School pupil in school blazer in a college classroom.

If you’re still at school and thinking about your column choices for next year, why not consider college? Studying part-time at college gives you a different learning experience that can help set you apart by boosting your CV, college application or university application. Read our blog to find out how you can get a taste for college life through a Schools College Partnership (SCP) course or a Foundation Apprenticeship (FA).

Schools College Partnership (SCP) course

Through our Schools College Partnership (SCP) programme we offer course opportunities for school pupils in S4 – S6 in the Edinburgh and Lothians. You can apply for a SCP course as one of your column choices which means you will learn with the college for typically one day a week. This learning is currently being done online.

Studying a SCP course can give you specific knowledge in an area that you might not be able to gain through your school subject choices. Our SCP courses also offer progression routes to Edinburgh College courses.  

From dance to digital media and civil engineering, we offer a wide range of courses so you can experience new subjects while still at school. View all SCP courses on our website.

Foundation Apprenticeship (FA)

A Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) combines study with real life work experience. The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) lasts two years and you will typically begin this in S5. During the FA you will spend time studying at college and in the workplace with a local employer, while completing your National 5s or Highers at school.

This is a great opportunity to try out a career while you’re still at school and can really help you discover what your interests are in the world of work.

There are a range of areas you can complete a FA in including business, engineering and social services. Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships on our website.

If you would like to find out more about these courses and are interested in applying, speak to your guidance teacher who will be able to complete the application form. We can only accept an application that has been accepted by your guidance teacher.