There aren’t many places in the world where you can study subjects as varied as agriculture, archaeology, fine art, primary teaching and Viking studies.
That’s just a small selection of what’s available at Orkney College UHI – a real centre of learning in the islands. The college is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and offers a wide range of higher education, degree and postgraduate options, along with further education courses.
The Orkney College UHI campus
The main college campus is found in a series of modern buildings in Kirkwall overlooking Orkney’s north isles. The Institute for Northern Studies is based in the town too, whilst Stromness is home to the Maritime Department.
The college has grown over the years to become an important hub for education. Its connection with the UHI network means it can provide learning opportunities locally that previously wouldn’t have been possible. It leads on a number of courses, and staff from areas including agronomy and archaeology have had considerable research success.
As you might expect in a small archipelago, the college is very much part of the community and works closely with schools and the public sector to provide vital classes, skills and opportunities for young people.
Course options in Orkney
There are so many options for students here. Full-time or part-time study is available, and there are also evening classes and other qualifications on offer. The local landscape can inspire Fine Art students and, with thousands of years of history and hundreds of sites to explore, the Archaeology Institute is in the perfect place to teach the next generation of archaeologists.
There are carpentry, joinery and construction qualifications available, with many of Orkney’s talented tradespeople having trained at the College. Modern Apprenticeships in roles as varied as carpentry and professional cookery are on offer to anyone aged over 16, providing the perfect opportunity to gain qualifications and learn in a work-based environment at the same time.
Further education opportunities
The college’s links with local secondary schools provide a range of options for students that supplement the curriculum. This helps showcase some of the opportunities available at the college after leaving school. Short courses in subjects including health & safety, first aid and vehicle & plant operations are vital for Orkney’s business community, and there are plenty of opportunities for continuing professional development, with HNC and HND modules on offer.
Orkney is a bustling, vibrant community with plenty of events available to keep students entertained throughout the year. There are sports clubs, societies and groups providing a huge range of activities and opportunities, and Orkney’s natural environment is always worth exploring.
Orkney College UHI is the perfect place to sample the very best of student and island life.