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UHI Prospectus 2011

  1. 1. UNDERGRADUATE STUDY IN THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND IONNSACHADH FO-CHEUM AIR 2011 A’ GHÀIDHEALTACHD AGUS SNA H-EILEANAN
  2. 2. Welcome to UHI UHI gives you the chance to do something different; something special. Our network of colleges and research centres, spread across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, offers you a natural, supportive environment for studying at university level and achieving your ambitions. Thinking of university? Think UHI.
  3. 3. Contents Natural learning 2 Natural inspiration 4 Natural high 6 UHI campuses 8 International students 22 Gaelic at UHI 23 Glossary of terms 24 Courses Arts, Social Sciences and Theology 25 Creative Industries 33 Gaelic Medium Studies 41 Education and Childcare 49 Health and Wellbeing 53 Business and Leisure 59 Environmental and Rural Studies 67 Science and Technology 73 Engineering and Construction 79 Entry and progression 90 How to apply to UHI 91 Student support 92 Financing your studies 93 Useful contacts and addresses 94 A-Z course listing 95 Postgraduate opportunities 96
  4. 4. Natural learning Thinking of doing something different? Think UHI. UHI is a higher education institution UHI gives you: based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We offer 13 college and research • More personal contact with, and support campuses in a variety of locations – from from, your tutors than most universities small towns and island communities to the larger towns and bustling cities of • Safe and friendly communities in which the region. Our colleges provide a variety to live, study and make the most of of sports, arts and social facilities, and your talents support your personal development. • Access to traditional and electronic You’ll be part of a student community of resources of the highest quality more than 8000 people, and have the chance to make friends with students at your own • The opportunity to stand out from the campus and those doing your course at other crowd and do something really different! UHI campuses. We currently offer more than 30 undergraduate degrees and over 70 higher national awards. Many of our courses take full advantage of the region’s natural assets, including the landscape, culture, heritage, history and renewable resources. 2 2011 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2010
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  6. 6. Natural inspiration Thinking of great festivals on your doorstep? Think UHI. More than 50 festivals take place in the Arts and heritage play important roles in the Highlands and Islands every year. These local economy and help support a successful include headline rock festivals - such international tourism industry. Visitors want as Rock Ness, Belladrum Tartan Heart to experience for themselves the region’s and Heb Celt - as well as the Gaelic diverse and vibrant local cultures, historic Royal National Mòd and the Feisean, the buildings, battlefields and archaeology, as Shetland Folk Festival and popular jazz well as the stunning scenery. and classical music festivals. For book- lovers, the Ullapool and Inverness Book UHI courses and student life reflect the unique Festivals celebrate writers from around cultures and heritage of the Highlands and the world. Islands. Study with us and be inspired. Visual arts, film, music, drama and crafts thrive in the Highlands and Islands with many internationally-renowned musicians, artists and writers making their homes here. In recent years there has been an explosion of new music and arts venues across the region. 4 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
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  9. 9. Natural high Thinking of getting out more? Think UHI. The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts and adrenalin-junkies. The region contains the highest mountains and the deepest lochs in Britain. In summer you can walk, climb, mountain bike, canoe, or horse-ride your way through fabulous country. In winter you can ski, snowboard or ice-climb at one of the area’s ski resorts. If high-energy activities are not your thing, you might enjoy instead the peace, drama and beauty of the region’s long sandy beaches, dramatic cliff walks and ancient pine forests, and if you want company our student societies can help you get out there with like-minded people. www.uhi.ac.uk 7
  10. 10. Our campuses UHI campus information UHI is made up of 13 individual colleges and NAFC Marine Centre UHI * * Shetland College UHI research centres. Each institution is unique and their locations have different and special characteristics, from the laid-back pace of island life to the bright city lights of Inverness and Perth. All our campuses offer a supportive environment. We believe that making friends and studying in a diverse student community will help you acquire personal skills that will take you through your degree and beyond UHI. * Orkney College UHI Choosing a campus When you apply to UHI you should first decide * North Highland College UHI which course you want to do and then select the college you want to study through. Not all courses are available at every campus so be sure to check * Lews Castle College UHI this first. You might choose a college because you live nearby or because it offers something different that appeals to you, like outdoor activities, social life or particular academic specialisms. Highland Theological College UHI * * Moray College UHI Specialist communities * Inverness College UHI Some campuses have small communities of students all studying the same type of course. For example, SAMS UHI is a specialist centre Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI * of excellence for marine science where you’ll be immersed in a scientific community at the leading- * Lochaber College UHI edge of research into climate change and marine renewable energy. SAMS UHI * * Perth College UHI Accommodation Some UHI colleges provide student accommodation. Others will give you help to find suitable lodgings, Argyll College UHI * flat-share and rented accommodation nearby. Private accommodation can often be cheaper in rural areas than it is in the city. 8 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
  11. 11. Argyll College UHI Meeting geographical challenges to help people meet their own aspirations UCAS campus code: A Location Argyll College UHI is located throughout the mainland and islands of Argyll, an area of outstanding natural beauty and contrast, with close links to both the Highlands and Islands and Central Belt of Scotland. Campus Our 13 well-equipped centres provide accessible learning opportunities from the larger towns of Dunoon, Oban, Lochgilphead, Campbeltown and Rothesay to the smaller communities of Cairndow and Craignish and the islands of Arran, Islay, Mull and Tiree. Each centre provides a friendly atmosphere where you’ll meet fellow students and receive a warm welcome and lots of support from our Kerry MacGeachy dedicated staff. BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies Subject areas I have really enjoyed studying for my degree. Business, childcare, construction, health and As with any qualification, it has taken a lot wellbeing, information technology, management of time and effort to achieve it. and a wide range of courses from across the The staff at Argyll College UHI in UHI network. Campbeltown helped me to get access to resources, and I received lots of support and Accommodation encouragement. This made a big difference Argyll College UHI staff can provide a list of local and, ultimately, helped me to successfully accommodation providers. complete my degree. Learning resources My favourite things about Argyll College UHI Each centre is equipped with computer and video • The friendly and supportive staff, for whom conferencing facilities and access to the UHI online nothing is too much trouble library service. • Ideal facilities for students that need to study modules provided by other colleges Recreation • The sense of community and belonging The major towns of Argyll provide a full range of that is engendered by the lecturers, the sport and leisure facilities, while outdoor activities support staff and the students from world-class surfing on Tiree to golf at Machrihanish and Kilkenzie, near Campbeltown, are also available. Registered Scottish charity no. SC026685. www.uhi.ac.uk 9
  12. 12. Highland Theological College UHI A community of faith and scholarship UCAS campus code: H Location Highland Theological College UHI is located in the centre of the thriving market town of Dingwall in Ross-shire, nestling between Ben Wyvis and the Cromarty Firth. A safe, relaxed environment with good local amenities such as shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, Dingwall combines town and country living to offer a lifestyle to suit everyone. Campus HTC is one of the smaller UHI colleges. The low student:staff ratio means that staff and students get to know each other well, contributing to the family atmosphere and excellent support. HTC specialises in theology but, as part of the UHI community, also has students from networked degree courses. The campus has excellent IT Scott Paton facilities and a well-stocked library of around BA Theological Studies 65,000 volumes. Worship is an integral part of college life; staff, students and visitors are I graduated from Highland Theological welcome, but not obliged, to attend. College UHI in October 2009 with a BA in Theological Studies and am now finishing Accommodation the final stages of training for ministry. It has HTC keeps a list of landlords offering rooms, flats and been quite a journey but I have been enriched houses to rent in Dingwall and the surrounding area. by the studies and the great support and fellowship of the staff and students at HTC. Learning resources Library with study bays, computer suite, video My favourite things about Highland conferencing, first-class provision for online Theological College UHI learning students, learning centre. • Friendly, supportive atmosphere • College life combines faith and study Recreation • Regular conference days enabling open A comfortable student common room with kitchen learning students to spend time with facilities is on campus. Situated on the High Street, tutors and other students HTC is near cafés, restaurants and coffee shops. Sports and leisure facilities are located close by. Dingwall is ideally located for accessing all types of outdoor pursuits such as hill-walking, horse-riding, water sports, skiing and snow-boarding. Registered Scottish charity no. SC029190. 10 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
  13. 13. Inverness College UHI Located in a fast-growing city with first-rate facilities UCAS campus code: I Location Inverness College UHI is situated in the thriving city of Inverness. Inverness has excellent leisure and recreational facilities and an abundance of outdoor and sports activities. The city has a fantastic range of restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and clubs where you can see live bands playing new and traditional music. Campus Inverness College UHI is one of UHI’s largest partners and offers you a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Our active students’ association gives you the chance to join clubs, take part in events and get involved in many other activities. The Scottish School of Forestry is also part Rebecca Entwistle of the college, offering world-class courses in all Student President aspects of forestry operations. BA (Hons) Social Sciences Subject areas I came to Inverness College UHI to study Arts, social sciences, history, politics, health and a BA (Hons) Social Sciences. care, beauty therapy, business and management, The staff at the college are so helpful sports, forestry, science and engineering. and supportive. The college atmosphere is wonderful as you study amongst other Accommodation students from diverse backgrounds and Staff at Inverness College UHI will be happy to at different levels of study and have the help you find suitable local accommodation in opportunity to make friends for life. shared flats or houses, or with a host family. I was lucky enough to get involved with the Inverness College Students’ Association. Learning resources They ensure that your time at the college is Library, learning resource centre, video not only about study, but a lot of fun too! conferencing suites, Blu-Ray lecture theatre, computer suites. My favourite things about Inverness College UHI Recreation • Students’ association There’s an excellent theatre and arts venue, shops • Student Voice and indoor sports facilities. The landscape around (www.studentvoice.inverness.uhi.ac.uk) the city is a natural outdoor playground, with • Helpful and supportive staff walking, mountain biking, snow sports, climbing and water sports right on your doorstep. Registered Scottish charity no. SC021197. www.uhi.ac.uk 11
  14. 14. Lews Castle College UHI Cutting-edge energy and art in the unspoilt Western Isles UCAS campus code: L Location Lews Castle College UHI is located in the Western Isles, a beautiful Hebridean island chain that extends 100 miles down the west coast of Scotland. Campus The main campus is set in 600 acres of parkland beside the principal harbour town of Stornoway, with additional campuses in Barra, Benbecula and Lochmaddy. Lews Castle College UHI has a thriving cultural scene that embraces rock bands, Gaelic tradition and contemporary visual arts. You’ll find centres of excellence in renewable research and rural development at our Stornoway campus, and possibly the UK’s most attractive location to study art - at the beautiful waterfront Roy Bartle gallery and museum of Taigh Chearsabhagh, BSc Engineering: Renewable Energy North Uist. The Benbecula campus is home to our traditional music course. I looked at the usual Scottish universities, but found that UHI offered the same level of Subject areas courses with the bonus of being able to stay Renewable energy, art and design, Gaelic, health, at home. computing, music and rural development. Lecture sizes are small and staff are invariably knowledgeable and happy to help. Accommodation I have been actively involved in student On-site student halls of residence (Stornoway) or politics – serving as the college rep to the private rental accommodation. UHI Students’ Association. Time spent on green energy projects Learning resources and working against student hardship with Library, computer suites, study rooms, video the Lews Castle College UHI Students’ conferencing, energy laboratories, art studios. Association has been equally rewarding. Recreation My favourite things about Lews Castle Surfing, diving and sea-kayaking nearby. Good College UHI music (traditional and rock), arts and culture • Students’ associations opportunities. Good sports facilities on-site. • Renewable energy research facilities • Parkland in which the college is situated – golf or tennis at lunchtime is great! Registered Scottish charity no. SC021204. 12 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
  15. 15. Lochaber College UHI Where study, work and play naturally go hand-in-hand UCAS campus code: B Location Lochaber College UHI is located in Fort William - the Outdoor Capital of the UK - and in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. The glens, mountains, forests, rivers and lochs that surround the college give you the ultimate playground for outdoor adventure sports. Fort William is around 100 miles from Glasgow and 70 miles from Inverness. Campus The main campus in Fort William has excellent learning facilities and a cafeteria offering well- priced meals and a place to get together with friends. The college also provides access to courses through its rural learning centres in Kilchoan, Gerry Crabbe Kinlochleven, Mallaig and Strontian. BA Adventure Tourism Management Subject areas As a student on the Adventure Tourism In addition to our flagship Adventure Tourism Management course, I love the friendliness Management degree, you can access degree and and inclusive environment which is integral postgraduate level courses from across the UHI to the ethos of Lochaber College UHI. We network. are surrounded by the best outdoor natural resources you could wish for - it’s a fantastic Accommodation place to be! A range of accommodation is available in Fort William and in the outlying areas and staff will help My favourite things about Lochaber you find suitable accommodation. College UHI • The genuine enthusiasm of the lecturers Learning resources and support staff The main library provides a well-stocked study • The warmth of the community area including computer suites, with qualified staff • It doesn’t matter what the weather is like on hand to provide advice and guidance. – there’s always something exciting to do in Lochaber! Recreation You will be invited to join in local community-led clubs and societies, from yoga to shinty! The Adventure Tourism Management students take a lead role in the design and schedule of a range of activities throughout the year. Registered Scottish charity no. SC024193. www.uhi.ac.uk 13
  16. 16. Moray College UHI First-class learning facilities between the mountains and the sea UCAS campus code: M Location Moray College UHI has its main campus in the ancient cathedral town of Elgin, a vibrant town with excellent sport and social facilities and easy train and road links to the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen. Campus Our main campus is close to the centre of Elgin and provides first-class learning facilities on a modern site. You’ll enjoy comprehensive academic guidance and support, well-qualified and enthusiastic lecturers and a well-equipped learning resource centre. When you are not studying, our active student union will make sure there’s plenty for you to do socially, or you can make use of our leisure facilities on-site including great catering, a Gabriella Hockney games hall and a fitness suite. BA (Hons) Fine Art The Elgin campus is home to Scotland’s fifth art school and the only one located in a non-urban Having spent three and a half years in the environment. We also have smaller sites in Buckie, various classrooms and studios at Moray Keith, Forres and Nairn. College UHI, I know that the arts buildings are a fantastically stimulating place to be. Subject areas The research and learning facilities allow Visual arts, health and care, beauty, business, me the ability to express, explore and resolve computing, science and the environment. my work in a structured and progressive way, and the insights and informed opinions of the Accommodation lecturers are invaluable; challenging when Private rented accommodation is available in Elgin necessary but infinitely encouraging. and the surrounding area. My favourite things about Moray College UHI Learning resources • Fabulous setting between mountains Library, computer suite, video conferencing. and coastline • Excellent studio facilities Recreation • Supportive learning environment Elgin has a public swimming pool and leisure centre, as well as pubs, bars and shops. Away from the town you can kayak, sail or dolphin- watch in the nearby Moray Firth or go inland to enjoy the all-year-round attractions of the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. Registered Scottish charity no. SC021205. 14 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
  17. 17. NAFC Marine Centre UHI Experience and qualifications in a working marine environment UCAS campus code: N Location NAFC Marine Centre UHI is located on the seafront in the historic village of Scalloway, the ancient capital of the Shetland Islands. The islands have close cultural links with Scandinavia and are a beautiful and dynamic place to study and live. A strong local economy, based on seafood and energy, means that islanders enjoy a good quality of life, a vibrant social and cultural scene and excellent public facilities. Campus From our modern campus we support all types of maritime activity through education, training, research and advice. You’ll benefit from excellent facilities, including a state-of-the-art ship bridge simulator, laboratories, classrooms, a marine Andrew MacDonald hatchery, engineering workshops and a library. HND Nautical Studies We also carry out research projects to support the development of Shetland’s aquaculture Studying at NAFC Marine Centre UHI is and fisheries industries. Innovation and fantastic. The small class sizes allow for entrepreneurship are core to everything we do. one-to-one teaching if necessary and the very experienced staff are always helpful Subject areas and friendly. A range of courses in the areas of nautical, The Centre is close to home, which is engineering and marine science. particularly convenient for me, and learning is proving to be a fun and rewarding Accommodation experience. On-site self-catering accommodation at Port Arthur House or private providers in Scalloway. My favourite things about NAFC Marine Centre UHI Learning resources • Small classes Specialist library with computer suite, video • High-quality teaching conferencing, lecture theatre, workshops, • Excellent facilities laboratories, hatchery, bridge simulator, training vessels and workboats. Recreation Da Haaf restaurant and coffee bar on site; pubs, NAFC Marine Centre UHI is the trading name of the hotel, museum, shops, boating club and marina, Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust. swimming pool and gym nearby. Registered Scottish charity no. SC003715. www.uhi.ac.uk 15
  18. 18. North Highland College UHI Study hard and play hard on the north coast of Scotland UCAS campus code: T Location North Highland College UHI has four campuses spread throughout the north of Scotland. There are two campuses in Caithness; our main campus in Thurso and one in Wick. We also have campuses in Dornoch, Sutherland, and Alness, not far from Inverness. Campus The main campus in Thurso has a highly-regarded equestrian centre, as well as a broad range of courses from business to care to engineering, with Wick hosting a number of courses including health and social care. Music courses are the specialist subject of the Alness campus. Dornoch is the base for the UHI Centre for Lynn Nicoll History and our courses in golf management. HNC Equine Studies Hospitality courses are also based in Dornoch at our unique training hotel, Burghfield House. I come from a farming background in Letham, Angus and have always had a love for horses. Subject areas When I was two I suffered a meningitis We offer a very wide range of subjects, including attack, which left me deaf, but this hasn’t speicalisms in history, equestrian, music, golf stopped me studying and working with the and gamekeeping courses. horses. With the help of my signer, I miss none of Accommodation the lectures and discussions taking place in Each campus has information on the the classroom. I also go to the stables in the accommodation available in its local area. equestrian centre and undertake the same In Thurso, an independently run hostel is practical work as all other students. situated near the college. I’m really enjoying the course, especially the practical riding experience. Learning resources Video conference, library and computer-based My favourite things about North Highland facilities are available at all our campuses. College UHI • The great support from tutors and staff Recreation • Excellent horses and facilities at the Hill-walking, sea-kayaking, climbing, sailing. stables Regular cèilidhs, music, film and other events • Being really hands-on with the horses on campus. Registered Scottish charity no. SC021215. 16 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
  19. 19. Orkney College UHI Orkney offers a rich culture and heritage along with excellent learning opportunities UCAS campus code: O Location Orkney College UHI is principally based in Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands with a second campus in Stromness and learning centres based on the smaller islands. Orkney offers a welcoming and strong sense of community with a high standard of living at surprisingly affordable rates. Campus Kirkwall is home to a modern, purpose-built campus. Along with a range of general and specialist teaching areas the campus hosts well-equipped research facilities for agronomy, archaeology, geophysics and Nordic studies. The college provides a friendly cosmopolitan community with a mix of students. Natalie Halleran Subject areas BA (Hons) Business and Management Scottish cultural studies, archaeology, art and design business, construction, education, Business studies had always been one of hospitality and tourism, information technology, my favourite subjects at school and I had management, science, social care. decided that I didn’t want to leave Orkney yet so it was a logical decision to study Business Accommodation and Management at Orkney College UHI. I’m Private rented accommodation is available in glad I did. Initially I had only applied to go as Kirkwall and Stromness. far as the HND as I thought that was the most I would be capable of doing at that time. Learning resources I never imagined that I would make it as far Library, computer suites, video conferencing as the Honours degree so I am very proud of suites, study room, art studio, workshops, and this accomplishment. hospitality kitchens. My favourite things about Orkney College UHI Recreation • Staff at Orkney College UHI have been very The Pickaquoy Centre offers modern sport and encouraging and supportive leisure facilities. The community excels in cultural • The support that is available throughout and artistic activity ranging from major annual the course is excellent events to impromptu musical events on a weekly • Being able to study to Honours degree basis. The islands are a paradise for those level here in Orkney interested in archaeology and birds. www.uhi.ac.uk 17
  20. 20. Perth College UHI Lively student campus in a beautiful historic city UCAS campus code: P Location Perth College UHI is situated in the exciting city of Perth on the southern edge of the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. With the city’s numerous restaurants, nightclubs, bars and an award- winning concert hall, there is plenty going on night and day, yet Perth remains one of the friendliest and safest cities in the UK. Campus Our friendly atmosphere means that Perth College UHI is a popular choice for international and local students alike. As a Perth student you’ll benefit from the investment we are making in college resources and facilities, including a brand new art studio, refurbished music studios and new student accommodation. If you would like to study abroad Fergus Bell we also offer exchanges with partner colleges and HND Hospitality Management universities across Europe and America. Perth College UHI had a good reputation for Subject areas hospitality, so I decided to come here. I liked Music performance, engineering including audio the setup of the course and the fact that and aircraft engineering, health, science, business, every week you’re doing something practical history. in a different role in hospitality. One week you’re a waiter, the next you’re in the kitchen Accommodation cooking, and then one week you’re doing the New student halls of residence are available on potwash, so everyone does their fair share campus from 2010. Private accommodation in and you get to learn from the lowest level Perth in flats or with host families. right up to the management level. Learning resources My favourite things about Perth College UHI Library, computer suites, study rooms, video • Friendly atmosphere with lots going on conferencing, music and art studios, aircraft • Great facilities for students engineering facilities. • Best of both worlds – in the town and near the mountains Recreation Sports ground, restaurant and coffee shop, student union on campus; clubs and bars in Perth and outdoor activities (mountain biking, angling, hill-walking, kayaking) nearby. Registered Scottish charity no. SC021209. 18 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
  21. 21. SAMS UHI First class science facilities in a stunning marine environment UCAS campus code: S Location The Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI) is located on Dunstaffnage bay on the west coast of Scotland, three miles from the busy seaside town of Oban. This is a premier diving and yachting area, with easy access to the mountains of Glencoe and ferry connections to the Western Isles. Campus SAMS UHI is one of the UK’s leading independent marine research institutes with a distinguished 125 year history. Our young and dynamic staff currently research climate change, marine renewable energy, prosperity from marine ecosystems, industrial impacts on oceans, and the Arctic system. Jill McColl You’ll enjoy small class sizes and enthusiastic BSc (Hons) Marine Science lectures, a superb study environment with first- class facilities, unrivalled hands-on experience with I am studying for a BSc (Hons) in Marine practising scientists, and exchange semesters at Science at SAMS UHI in Oban, Argyll. I have the Arctic Laboratory in Svalbard. lived in Oban all my life and I have always been interested in, and intrigued by the sea. Subject areas When I was looking for courses in this field Marine science I discovered there was one right on my door step! My main interests are in Arctic geology Accommodation and physics and I would love to continue on On-site student hostel or shared rental to have a career in Arctic Palaeoceanography. accommodation in nearby Oban. My favourite things about SAMS UHI Learning resources • The chance to study in the Arctic Library, computer suites, study rooms, video • Exemplary teaching by practising marine conferencing, scientific laboratories, two research scientists vessels. • Excellent seaside location with lots of opportunities for outdoor activities Recreation Diving, sailing, kayaking, climbing, fishing and skiing nearby. Hear BBC’s Neil Oliver talking about Registered Scottish charity no. 009206. SAMS UHI on YouTube. www.uhi.ac.uk 19
  22. 22. Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI Be part of our friendly Gaelic-speaking community on the beautiful Isle of Skye UCAS campus code: K Location Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI is situated close to the sea on the southern peninsula of Sleat on the Isle of Skye. Rich in Gaelic language and tradition and with dramatic mountain ranges, the island is easily accessible from the mainland via the Skye Bridge and two ferry routes. Campus We are a small and friendly college with a thriving social community built around the local outdoor environment and the music that is a fundamental part of college life. Our modern campus is set in a stunning location at the heart of a community where many people speak Gaelic in their daily lives. You will be immersed in Gaelic both inside and outside the classroom, giving you the best Caron MacKinnon possible chance to learn and use the language. BA (Hons) Gaelic Language and Culture We attract students from around the world and have an international reputation for language I wanted to study Gaelic and I looked in teaching and research. to different options at other colleges and universities but for me the combination of Subject areas language, literature and history on the course Gaelic language and culture, traditional music, really appealed. education, language development. The college has a real community spirit and it’s really easy to make friends, no matter Accommodation your age or what course you are studying. All full-time students are offered excellent on-site Like most students, going to the pub is accommodation and catering if required. Private probably one of my favourite pastimes but rented accommodation is also available locally. equally I enjoy sitting in with friends having a blether. Learning resources Outstanding library housing unique collections My favourite things about Sabhal Mòr of Gaelic, Celtic and Highland-related books, Ostaig UHI computer suites, video conferencing, study • antastic Gaelic-speaking campus F rooms, recording and broadcast studios. • uaranteed accommodation for all full- G time students Recreation • èilidhs, the craic and Gaelic karaoke! C Hill-walking, sea-kayaking, climbing, sailing. Regular cèilidhs, music, film and other events on campus. Registered Scottish charity no. SC002578. 20 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
  23. 23. Shetland College UHI A warm island welcome and a supportive environment UCAS campus code: C Location Shetland College UHI is on the Shetland Islands to the north of the British mainland. The islands have close cultural links with Scandinavia and are a beautiful and dynamic place to study and live. A strong local economy, based on tourism and energy, means that islanders enjoy a good quality of life, a vibrant social and cultural scene and excellent public facilities. Campus We are a small, friendly and welcoming college with a main campus in Lerwick and another six learning centres throughout the islands. Our aim is to offer flexible higher education in a diverse range of subjects backed up by very high levels of study support. Our small size and student-focus means Angela Irvine that our tutors and guidance staff are consistently UHI Student of the Year helpful and approachable. BA Contemporary Textiles The unique natural and cultural environment of Shetland is reflected in many of our courses, with At Shetland College UHI there is a brilliant particular strengths in contemporary textiles and library, small class sizes and excellent tutor the culture of the Northern Isles. support. Within the textiles department, the facilities are fantastic and exceed many of Subject areas those in universities on the mainland. Contemporary textiles, business and management, For those who can’t go away to the health and care, Scottish cultural studies. mainland it’s amazing to have Shetland College UHI and the chance to study Accommodation in Shetland. For people living in a rural Private rented accommodation is available in community who can’t afford to go away or Lerwick. have family ties it’s so important. Learning resources My favourite things about Shetland College UHI Library, computer suite, video conferencing. • World-class textile facilities • Friendly, supportive community Recreation • Opportunity to exhibit at the New Excellent sports facilities at Clickimin leisure centre; Designers show in London sailing and sea-kayaking; superb wildlife-watching and archaeology throughout the islands; museum and art gallery, cinema, pubs and cafés in Lerwick. www.uhi.ac.uk 21
  24. 24. International students If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities and towns and cities buzzing with social life and activities then the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. Entry requirements and application We make offers of entry based on qualifications achieved worldwide. The UHI International Centre will help you identify the UK equivalence of your qualification and will guide you through UHI entry requirements. Admission to our courses depends on a proven level of competence in English. If English is not your first language you may wish to take an IELTS test. You should have a minimum score of 6.0 for undergraduate and 6.5 for postgraduate programmes. You can apply for UHI courses either directly María Jesús Pastor Oms, HND Forestry through the college or through UCAS. For more information and an application form, see our website. Study abroad “People in Perth are very If you wish to improve your English before If you are an international student enrolled at an friendly and helpful. If I have any commencing your studies, we can help institution overseas you may want to get a taste of international@uhi.ac.uk. studying abroad. A year or a semester at UHI can problems I go to the International be a great way of gaining first-hand experience of Centre and they sort them out for Support and advice Scotland and Scottish culture. me. The teaching staff are highly- Our dedicated staff at our award-winning qualified industry professionals. International Centre or individual colleges are here Contact to guide you through the application process and You will find lots of useful information on the I would recommend Perth support you with information and advice on visa, international section of our website: College UHI to other people. accommodation and other issues. www.uhi.ac.uk/international or contact: Scotland is a beautiful place in Accommodation is often a key issue for overseas student. Most of our international UHI International Centre which to live and study.” students stay in self-catering accommodation or Perth College UHI Anoop Kumar are placed with host families. The UHI colleges Crieff Road BEng Aircraft Engineering can assist with obtaining suitable accommodation. Scotland Some of our colleges have modern, purpose-built PH1 2NX student accommodation. United Kingdom T: +44 (0) 1738 877299 E: international@uhi.ac.uk 22 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
  25. 25. Gàidhlig aig OGE Gaelic at UHI Mar oileanach aig OGE bidh cothrom air leth As a UHI student, you will have a unique agad Gàidhlig ionnsachadh agus iomadh cuspair opportunity to learn Gaelic and study a range of a dhèanamh tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig ann Gaelic medium courses in regions where Gaelic an sgìrean far a bheil i na pàirt de chultar an is a real part of the local culture. Courses taught t-sluaigh. Tha cùrsaichean tro mheadhan na through the medium of Gaelic are available Gàidhlig rim faotainn aig Colaisde a’ Chaisteil at Lews Castle College UHI and Sabhal Mòr OGE agus Sabhal Mòr Ostaig OGE, agus tha Ostaig UHI, and some are also available at other cuid dhiubh cuideachd ri fhaotainn aig àiteachan locations across the region, and by distance eile san sgìre agus le ionnsachadh aig astar. learning. Aig OGE tha ar n-oileanaich a’ toirt a’ chànain Our students are engaging with a living, chun na 21d linn le bhith a’ cleachdadh an developing language and they are carrying the cuid sgilean ann an roinnean cho farsaing ris language into the 21st century by applying their na meadhanan agus na h-ealain, foghlam, skills in areas as diverse as media and the arts, an t-seirbheis chatharra agus leasachadh education, the civil service and community coimhearsnachd. development. Ged a tha cùrsaichean Gàidhlig rim faotainn Although Gaelic courses are available in the anns na bailtean-mòra, bha fhios ’am gum big cities, I knew that at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig biodh fada a bharrachd Gàidhlig ri fhaotainn UHI I would hear much more Gaelic outside taobh a-muigh a’ chlas aig an t-Sabhal the classroom. Even though there was a great Mhòr. Fiù ’s ged a bha deagh mheasgachadh mix of classes, it was important to me that I de chlasaichean ann, bha e cudromach heard Gaelic in other places too – at dinner, dhomhsa Gàidhlig fhaighinn ann an àitean in the library, in the computer room, and in eile - aig àm dìnnearach, san leabharlann, san the pub! t-seòmar coimpiutaireachd, agus gu dearbha, I gained a BA Gaelic Language and Culture, sna taighean-seinnse! and while I was at the college, I heard about Fhuair mi BA ann an Cànan is Cultar na another course, the Diploma in Gaelic Media. Gàidhlig agus, nuair a bha mi aig a’ cholaiste, I spent the first half of the course at chuala mi mu chùrsa eile, an Dioplòma anns the college and the second on industry na Meadhanan Gàidhlig. placement in the Radio nan Gaidheal Chuir mi a’ chiad phàirt den chùrsa newsroom. I’ve now been working for the seachad aig a’ cholaiste agus an dara leth BBC for nearly three years, filming and Eilidh NicAsgaill air greis-gnìomhachais ann an seòmar editing for television. Without a doubt, had it Tè-naidheachd BBC Alba naidheachd Radio nan Gaidheal. Tha mi not been for the time I spent at Sabhal Mòr nis air a bhith ag obair dhan BhBC son cha Ostaig UHI, I would not be doing this job. Eilidh MacAskill mhòr trì bliadhna, a’ fiolmadh ’s a’ gearradh BBC Alba Broadcast Journalist phìosan airson an telebhisein. As aonais na h-ùine a chuir mi seachad aig Sabhal Mòr Ostaig OGE, chan eil teagamh ann, nach bithinn anns an dreuchd seo. www.uhi.ac.uk 23
  26. 26. Glossary of terms To help you find your way around our prospectus, here is a brief explanation of some of the terms and icons we use throughout. CertHE – Certificate of Higher Education At UHI you’ll learn in various different ways, AC (audio conference) using different technologies. The blend of Using traditional phone systems or web-based DipHE – Diploma of Higher Education technologies used on your course will depend phone technology, an audio conference enables on the modules you’ve chosen, but it is likely three or more people to share a conversation or HNC – Higher National Certificate that you will use some or all of the following discussion. learning resources: HND – Higher National Diploma Online VC (video conference) Using the VLE, web and other technologies, you Using cameras and microphones, this technology may study at flexible times and locations, you will Ft Available to study full-time allows staff and students to see and hear each usually be part of a group studying in the same other, and also to share common learning way and will be able to interact with the other resources and materials. A VC can connect two or students. Some online courses do not require any Pt Available to study part-time more UHI campuses or any other site worldwide physical attendance at a college, with all study and with the required technology. support from tutors available online. Ol Online VLE (virtual learning environment) A web-based system that enables you to access learning resources, online guidance and support, VC Video conference and also access and submit assessments, plus communicate with staff and other students through a variety of means, such as discussion F2F Face-to-face boards or live “chat”. 24 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011
  27. 27. Arts, Social Sciences and Theology
  28. 28. Scottish History and Archaeology * BA (Hons) UCAS code: VV24 Course highlights This joint Honours degree brings together two Ft Pt F2F VC Ol separate disciplines that both study Scotland’s past over a long period of time. Based in the Entry requirements Highlands and Islands, this degree will develop • Normally three Highers at grade C or above or your skills in the study of history and archaeology two A Levels at grade C or above OR within a Scottish, British, European and worldwide • The completion of an appropriate NQ or perspective. access course Throughout the course you will choose from a wide selection of modules, split equally between Career opportunities the two subjects. • Teaching You will learn through a combination of face-to- • Archive and museum-related roles face and VC seminars in the classroom and online • Researcher study via the VLE, which is supported by your • Media and politics tutors and student adviser. Where you can study Course structure • rgyll College UHI A This course offers the flexibility to exit at various • ighland Theological College UHI H stages with a valuable qualification. After one year • nverness College UHI I of successful full-time study you will gain a CertHE, • ews Castle College UHI L after two years, a DipHE, and after three years a • ochaber College UHI L BA. After four years of successful study you will • oray College UHI M gain an Honours degree. • orth Highland College UHI N • rkney College UHI O Year 1 (CertHE) Year 4 (BA (Hons)) • erth College UHI P Subjects areas covered in this first year include: Honours year subjects include: funerary and burial • abhal Mòr Ostaig UHI S historic landscapes; Scottish history, 1066 to 20th archaeology; island archaeology; Scotland from • hetland College UHI S century; Scottish archaeology; introduction to revolution to rising, a society at war; Scotland • elected learning centres S archaeological and historical skills. 1296-1403; seventeenth century Highlands; and architecture, cultural identity and social space. Years 2 (DipHE) You will also be required to write a dissertation Course available The second year includes the following subjects: to complete your Honours year, allowing you to • The course starts in September each year building Scotland; Scottish Highlands; Scotland, study in-depth a specific topic from either Scottish • Part-time students can also apply to start the North Sea and the Baltic; historical archaeology; history or archaeology. in January mediaeval, post-mediaeval and clearance archaeology. Further study The BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology • Year 3 (BA) provides access into UHI’s MA Archaeological Year three subjects include: sustainability and Practice, MSc Shallow Geophysics and MLitt the past; varieties of history; animals and people; Orkney and Shetland studies iron age in Scotland; Crown-Magnate relations; Scotland and Ireland; landscape archaeology Validation and Scots in North America. * Subject to validation 26 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011 | www.uhi.ac.uk/courses
  29. 29. History and Politics BA (Hons) UCAS code: VL12 Course highlights Year 1 (CertHE) This joint Honours degree offers you the chance Subject areas covered in first year include: Ft Pt F2F VC VC Ol to study two distinct but complementary subjects, inroduction to politics; conflict and balance of based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, power in Europe, 1789-1945; the Atlantic World. Entry requirements yet with an international approach that will prepare • Normally three Highers at grade C or above or you for life and employment beyond higher Year 2 (DipHE) two A Levels at grade C or above education. Second year subjects include: British politics since • You may enter year two of the course if you As you progress through the course, you will 1906; comparative politics; Europe c.1400-1789; have completed the HNC Social Sciences choose from a combination of modules, equally a history of Canada. balanced between the two subjects. Career opportunities You will learn through a combination of face-to- Year 3 (BA) • Teaching face and VC classes at your college and individual In third year you will study: global diasporas; • Media and politics online study via the VLE, with plenty of support central Europe to 1918; devolution and public • Museums and libraries from your tutors and studies adviser. policy in the UK; wars of the ‘Promised Land’. • Research • Postgraduate study Course structure Year 4 (BA (Hons)) • Librarian or curator This course offers the flexibility to exit at various Fourth year subjects include: terrorism and stages with a valuable qualification. After one year counter terrorism; transforming regimes in Eastern Where you can study of successful full-time study you will gain a CertHE, Europe; global politics; gender and society in • Argyll College UHI after two years, a DipHE, and after three years a North America, 1776-1970. • Highland Theological College UHI BA. After four years of successful study you will You are also required to write a dissertation in • Inverness College UHI gain an Honours degree. year four that allows you to study in-depth, a topic • Lews Castle College UHI from history or politics. • Lochaber College UHI • Moray College UHI • North Highland College UHI Brandenburg Gate, Berlin • Orkney College UHI • Perth College UHI • Shetland College UHI • Selected learning centres Course available • The course starts in September each year • Part-time students can also apply to start in January Associated course HNC Social Sciences See page 31 www.uhi.ac.uk/courses 27
  30. 30. Scottish History BA (Hons) UCAS code: V212 Eilean Donan Castle, Wester Ross Ft Pt VC Ol Entry requirements • Three Highers at grade C or two A Levels at grade C OR • The completion of an appropriate NQ or access course Career opportunities • Teacher • Archivist • Researcher • Postgraduate study Where you can study • rgyll College UHI A • ighland Theological College UHI H Course highlights Year 1 (CertHE) • nverness College UHI I This degree looks at Scottish history within Subjects covered in first year include: historical • ews Castle College UHI L a northern European and northern Atlantic skills and methods; Highlands and Islands history; • ochaber College UHI L perspective, focusing on the cultural, political, Scottish history; British history; Atlantic history. • oray College UHI M social and economic links between Scotland • orth Highland College UHI N and these regions. Year 2 (DipHE) • rkney College UHI O In the first and second years, you will follow a Second year subjects include: historical skills and • erth College UHI P traditional broad approach to the study of history, methods; Highlands and Islands history; Scottish • abhal Mòr Ostaig UHI S taking modules from a number of history topics. history; European history; Canadian history; • hetland College UHI S In years three and four, focused studies will take an Architectural history. • elected learning centres S in-depth examination of particular topics of Scottish history allowing you to study the history of the nation Year 3 (BA) and the Highlands and Islands region in detail. In third year you will study: historical skills and Course available You will learn through a combination of VC methods; comparative studies; modules exploring • The course starts in September each year lectures and tutorials, and online study and aspects of military, gender, social, political and • Part-time students can also apply to start discussion groups on the VLE. You will also have economic history in Scotland from the mediaeval in January support from your tutors and studies adviser. period to 20th century. Further study Course structure Year 4 (BA (Hons)) • The BA (Hons) Scottish History provides This course offers the flexibility to exit at various To complete fourth year you will write a dissertation access into UHI’s MLitt Orkney and Shetland stages with a valuable qualification. After one year and study a range of modules exploring Scottish Studies of successful full-time study you will gain a CertHE, history from mediaeval period to 20th century. after two years, a DipHE, and after three years a BA. After four years of successful study you will gain an Honours degree. 28 UHI UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2011 | www.uhi.ac.uk/courses
  31. 31. Scottish Cultural Studies BA (Hons) UCAS code: V900 Course highlights Year 1 (CertHE) The BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies is an Subjects covered in first year include: Ft Pt VC Ol exciting course that has at its heart the cultural Scottish literature; archaeology; Highlands and identity of the Highlands and Islands and the Islands history; popular culture, language and Entry requirements communities that make up the region. ethnology. • Three Highers at grade C or two A Levels at You will be introduced to the broad cultural grade C (one Higher should be in English) OR issues affecting the region, set in the context of Year 2 (DipHE) • The completion of an appropriate NQ or Scotland, the British Isles, the North Atlantic Rim The second year includes: minority languages; access course and the wider world. Further progress enables Scots; Gaelic; mediaeval literature; archaeology; you to focus more closely on specific aspects of ethnology; museum studies and traditional music Career opportunities culture such as archaeology, music and literature. and song. • Primary teaching You will learn through a combination of VC • Secondary teaching in English, history lectures and tutorials, and online study and Year 3 (BA) and modern studies discussion groups on the VLE. You will receive The third year covers colonial and postcolonial • Journalism and the media plenty of support from your tutors and studies literature; Scottish church history; perceptions of • Tourism adviser throughout your course. heritage; ethnobotany; Old Norse and Scottish film. • Museums and archives • Research Course structure Year 4 (BA (Hons)) This course offers the flexibility to exit at various Subjects covered include: Scottish pictorial art; Where you can study stages with a valuable qualification. After one year visual sociology; modern literature of the North • Argyll College UHI of successful full-time study you will gain a CertHE, Atlantic Rim; editing older Scots; contemporary • Highland Theological College UHI after two years, a DipHE, and after three years a poetry; cultural history and the tradition of Scottish • Inverness College UHI BA. After four years of successful study you will philosophy. • Lews Castle College UHI gain an Honours degree. You must also complete a dissertation to gain • Lochaber College UHI an Honours degree. • Moray College UHI • North Highland College UHI • Orkney College UHI • Perth College UHI • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI • Shetland College UHI • Selected learning centres Course available • The course starts in September and January each year Further study • The BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies provides access into UHI’s MLitt Orkney and Shetland Studies and MLitt Highlands and Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands Literature www.uhi.ac.uk/courses 29

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