Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI rises above na­tional per­for­mance av­er­age

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Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI is pre­par­ing to kick off a new aca­demic year with the most ex­cit­ing and wide-rang­ing cur­ricu­lum it has ever of­fered.

And the 2017/ 18 prospec­tus isn’t the only good news for ex­ist­ing and fu­ture stu­dents. Of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics show that more Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI stu­dents than ever be­fore are suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing their cour­ses.

The news was wel­comed by its Prin­ci­pal, Fraser Durie, who stressed that achiev­ing at col­lege was of­ten a spring­board to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Scot­tish Fund­ing Coun­cil show the pro­por­tion of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion ( FE) stu­dents com­plet­ing their full-time cour­ses at Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI in 2015/ 16 has in­creased by a huge 13.7% over the last three years.

The over­all to­tal of 74.9% is now nearly 7% above the na­tional av­er­age, putting the col­lege ahead of the pack in terms of suc­cess­fully sup­port­ing its FE stu­dents through to the end of their cho­sen cour­ses.

The sta­tis­tics also show a 19.6% leap over the last year alone in the cor­re­spond­ing fig­ure for part-time Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI stu­dents (on cour­ses tak­ing up more than 320 hours), which is now 80.6%. This is 6% above the na­tional av­er­age.

At the same time, the Col­lege has achieved its tar­get of en­sur­ing that 100% of its full time teach­ing staff hold teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“We’re very pleased with the progress we’ve made over the last few years – par­tic­u­larly as re­gards the FE course com­ple­tion rates,” Prin­ci­pal Fraser Durie said.

“We be­lieve a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in this suc­cess is our net­work of lo­cal learn­ing cen­tres, which en­able stu­dents to study and achieve, with ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port, within their own com­mu­ni­ties.

“Suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing one of our FE cour­ses is of­ten not an end in it­self but a means to pro­gress­ing on to other cour­ses or em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. We’re de­lighted such a high pro­por­tion of our stu­dents are putting them­selves in the po­si­tion of be­ing able to move on­wards and up­wards.

“Our staff work ex­tremely hard to help all our stu­dents reach their full po­ten­tial, so it’s very re­ward­ing for them when our per­for­mance is shown to mea­sure up so pos­i­tively against the na­tional av­er­age. We’ll con­tinue to work hard to fur­ther im­prove in the fu­ture.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI and the cour­ses it of­fers should go to www. ar­gyll­col­lege. ac.uk , email us at info@ ar­gyll­col­lege. ac.uk, pick up a prospec­tus from one of our cen­tres or ring us on 0345 2309969.

Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI is one of 13 aca­demic part­ners of the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands, and is the main provider of fur­ther and higher ed­u­ca­tion in Ar­gyll and Bute.

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