Despite the current campus closures, the college is still accepting and processing applications and is encouraging potential students to start considering their options as soon as possible.
Interviews will be done by phone or via skype/zoom, so that offers can be made ahead of the new session.
School leavers, anyone who has unfortunately lost their job due to the pandemic’s economic impact, those who want to give something back to the community or those who have re-evaluated and hope to change direction in their careers, can apply for courses across all four teaching departments: Business and Communities; Care, Sport and Construction; Creative Industries, Hospitality and Tourism; and Engineering and Science.
Despite the current challenging situation, the award-winning FVC believes its dynamic ethos of Making Learning Work will inspire potential students, by offering innovative and exciting subjects throughout their three campuses in Falkirk, Alloa and Stirling, ranging from access to degree level.
The college welcomes 13,300 students per academic session, ranging from school leavers and adult returners to career changers. 94% of learners progress to further studies or employment upon completion of their course – proof that completing a course at Forth Valley College is an excellent starting point for a successful career.
The economy is going to need qualified professionals to help the economy recover in the months and years ahead, so now is a good time to acquire a NC, HNC, HND or degree.
Whilst no-one knows what the near future will bring at the moment, the current shutdown has allowed FVC to showcase its sector leading credentials in regards to going digital. At this moment, current students are learning remotely from home and new applicants for session 20/21 are undergoing telephone interviews or online interviews via Zoom or Skype.
Help and support
School leavers may well be uncertain at this moment as to what their eventual grades will be and those seeking a new career path may be unsure which direction to take. If applicants have any queries around suitable courses, they can contact FVC Learner Advisors or Skills Development Advisors, who will be able to offer them the best advice possible.
The college can also offer comprehensive funding and wellbeing support on request, which will be inavaluable, especially for new students.
FVC offers a range of nine degree courses – covering Art and Design, Heritage and Tourism, Digital Media, Software Development and Cyber Security, Applied Biological Sciences, and various engineering degrees – in partnership with three of Scotland's leading universities.
This integrated degree approach to learning – where students spend two years at FVC and two years at university – meets the needs of future employers by creating 'work ready' graduates.
For STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the brand new £78 million Falkirk Campus – which opened in January 2020 – is one of the best in Scotland and is strategically linked to the Grangemouth strip with numerous strong industry partnerships.
At the award winning Stirling Campus, students could serve up a new career for themselves by applying for a course in Hospitality. The Professional Cookery course is one that is hoping to recruit a new cohort of learners and is hoping to hear from potential masterchefs of the future now.
Tourism and Creative Industries are also based at Stirling and have a growing reputation for excellence across Scotland. The NC Graphic Design and HNC Visual Communications courses in particular are on the lookout for applications next year.
Similarly, Business courses are a speciality at the Alloa Campus and the College is confident they will have exactly what students are looking for in subjects such as Administration and Information Technology, Accounting and Finance.
Construction, Care, Health, Sport, Computing and Salon courses are also strongly represented across all three campuses and are eager to hear from those interested in applying.
FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson, said: “As one of the top colleges in the UK, Making Learning Work is what we do and this is particularly relevant right now as we come out of the current Covid-19 emergency situation. We need to do as much as we can to build our economy by providing new skills for the future, so we want to hear from you, our potential full-time students, so that you can gain the right qualifications and training to help you and Scotland’s economy to get back on track.”
You can find out more about courses available and further information by visiting www.forthvalley.ac.uk/applynow?