Learning and Research


Want to learn some new skills and achieve a few qualifications? A good starting point is the Contemporary Issues and Local Investigation courses. At the same time you can also work towards a Communication qualification at Level 5. The attraction of both these courses is that you choose the subject you would like to research and you direct your own learning.

Contemporary Issues is aimed at the student who has an enquiring mind. It will allow you to uncover facts and information on a topic that is of interest to you. Past students have looked at topics such as Advantages and Disadvantages of Facebook, Abortion; Empowerment through Education, and Ethics of Future Technology.

The Local Investigations course is an exciting opportunity to uncover either aspects of the past, an area of historical interest or people from the past. Past students have studied topics such as the Dark Side of Edinburgh; and characters from the past like Burke and Hare; Deacon Brodie; and Dr Miranda Barry. The challenge is to find a little known piece of the past and discover more.


Participants must be of working age and not currently in education or employment. They must also meet other specific entry requirements. Contact us, or speak to your Caseworker for more details.


The course runs periodically, usually one day a week. Future dates TBC.


A chance to learn some new skills and achieve a few qualifications, all tailored to learning and researching something that interests you.


A limited number of people in person, in our Community College (156 Cowgate, EH1 1RP). Others may be able to work remotely.

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