Learning options

There are lots of different ways to learn. Find out about college and uni, learning on the job, online learning, volunteering, gap years, and attending open days and HE Conventions.

Types of learning

Some people study best in lectures and classes. For others, hands-on training – like a Modern Apprenticeship – is best. Courses can also fit in with the other commitments in your life. Options range from a full-time college course to a few hours a week online.

But whatever you want to learn, there’s something to suit you. Find information in the links below about different options for studying in Scotland.

Opportunities for all

Not sure what your next steps should be? If you're aged 16 to 19 and not currently in employment, education or training, you’re guaranteed an offer of a place in learning or training through the Scottish Government's Opportunities for All initiative. If you've ever been, or are currently in care then you'll be supported up until the age of 26.

Our expert advisers are on hand to help you consider your options. Call 0800 917 8000 between 9am and 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and have a chat. They can give you some guidance about what your next steps could be, and put you in touch with someone at a local Skills Development Scotland centre who can help.

Support for learning

We've found some useful resources for people who need support in learning.

  • With The Big Plus you can get help with reading, writing and numbers. It's free and can take just a few hours a week
  • Dyslexia Scotland offers help for people with dyslexia including tutors and local support branches
  • LEAD Scotland provides support for disabled young people to learn
  • ESOL Scotland has information on courses across Scotland in English for Speakers of Other Languages

There's also information for learners with additional support needs here on My World of Work.