For anyone looking to try something different this new year, Lews Castle College UHI is offering a number of part-time courses and short courses – outlined below – that will run from January through the spring. Those interested can contact the college at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01851 770 000.


Business and Computing

NC Business Admin with IT: covers a broad range of business, administration and IT skills sought after by employers

HNC Business: gives you an excellent introduction to a wide range of business and management skills.

HNC Admin and Information Technology: designed to meet the demands and requirements of today's modern business environment, and will stand you in good stead to pursue a successful career in business administration.

NC Computing, Multimedia and Games Design: designed for people who are looking to improve their knowledge and skills in computing, multimedia and games design.

HNC Computing: introduces you to, and develops your knowledge of, aspects of software development, technical support, networking and web development.


NC Electrical Engineering: aimed at getting people into employment within the electrical industry, and is for you if you are interested in a career as an electrician or wish to gain a working knowledge of the electrical contracting industry

NC Fabrication and Welding, Level 5 and 6: aims to assist you to pursue a career in engineering and gives students the opportunity to increase their academic and theoretical knowledge in fabrication and welding.

HNC Engineering Systems: gives you the required technical training to be a technician in design, research, development and service support activities in engineering, manufacturing and consultancy.

NC Mechanical Engineering Level 6: designed to allow you to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Mechanical Engineering. The course has been designed to offer a balance of practical and theory suitable if you wish to progress to either a job or further education.

Health and Social Studies

Health, Social and Child Studies Level 5 and 6: designed for people who are interested in care work with adults and children, and to provide students with the skills and knowledge relevant to work in care environments.

HNC Childhood Practice: will suit people who want to work in a variety of early learning and childcare settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs.



Men Into Care/Women into Engineering – Adult Returners

A range of classes are available for students to test out if this is the career for them. Please enquire to discuss options.

Active Aging

£10, Wednesday 3pm-4.30pm, 8 weeks

Optimise opportunities for your health as you age. Explore issues around diet, exercise and mental well-being and more.  Set yourself some personal realistic and achievable health goals.

Cyber Security Fundamentals

£10, Wednesday 3pm-4.30pm, 8 weeks

Learners will gain practical experience of protecting personal digital devices, such as a smartphone or personal computer. The course will equip learners with basic knowledge and skills relating to cybersecurity, which are essential for every citizen.

Developing Fabrication and Welding Skills

Cost and time to be confirmed.

This short course gives students the opportunity to increase their academic and theoretical knowledge in fabrication and welding, while continuing to develop their practical skills in a workshop environment.

Emergency First Aid Work

£110, various dates available.

The Emergency Aid at Work (EFAW) course is designed for low-risk work environments and enables personnel to be designated first aiders in the workplace. It is legally compliant with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

Gaelic for Work Purposes

£30, Thursday, 2pm-4pm, 12 weeks

This course will help to develop the basic skills in talking and listening needed to communicate in any vocational context using Gaelic.


£150 (cost includes subscription to, Wednesday 4pm-6pm, for 12 weeks

You will be able to research a branch or branches of the history of your own or a particular Highlands and Islands family, under the direction of renowned genealogist Bill Lawson. Students will be given guidelines on how to conduct family history research, on record keeping, and on the local and national organisations that exist to help with your research.

High Technology

Cost and times to be confirmed.

A range of modules are available to study, including distance learning options. Intro to Programming the Arduino, Advanced Arduino, and Visual C++ / Visual Basic are delivered by distance learning, while attendance is required at Robotics Project and Intro to Electronics.

Internet Safety

£10, Wednesday 3pm-4.30pm, 8 weeks

This course will give you the skills and knowledge required to work safely and responsibly online. When you have completed it, you will understand the risks of working online and be able to take appropriate precautions to safeguard yourself and others, and protect data and IT systems. 

Jewellery: Design and Manufacture

£86, time to be confirmed.

This module allows candidates to develop a design idea and then make a piece of jewellery from this design. A basic level of skill is essential.

Jewellery: Lost Wax Casting

£86, time to be confirmed.

This module is designed to enable students to produce wax models suitable for casting in precious metal. Learners should be able to use a variety of waxes, produce designs for the casting process, prepare the wax models for casting, and fabricate finished pieces of jewellery from the metal casting.  A basic level of skill and understanding of the casting process is essential.

Jewellery: Experimental Techniques

£86, time to be confirmed

This module is designed to allow the candidate to research techniques and develop skills in a range of uncommon and/or lesser-used jewellery techniques. You will use these techniques to produce a piece of jewellery. A basic level of skill is essential.

Singing in Chorus!

£10 Monday, 4pm-5.30pm, 8 weeks

Do you want to enhance your vocal performance and rehearse varied programmes of music? Then join us for fun, friendship and chorus!

Ùlpan (Gaelic Learners Course)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.30am to 11am

This course offers a method of learning which is designed to bring learners to fluency. With ÙLPAN, speaking comes first with reading and writing following later.


The following degree Modules are also available this spring (taught online and subject to interview):

An Introduction to Health and Social Policy (SCQF7)

Personal Effectiveness and Study Skills (SCQF7)

Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion (SCQF 8)

Remote and Rural Health (SCQF 9)

Disability and Society (SCQF 10)

Climate Land and People (SCQF7)

Economics and the State (SCQF7)

Folklore (SCQF 8)

Gaelic Women’s Poetry 1644-1746 (SCQF9)

Bàrdachd bho 1900 (SCQF 8) (taught in person)

Cànan, cultar agus cinnidheachd (SCQF 8) (taught in person)