National Qualifications

  • Are you a mature student returning to education after a gap in your learning?
  • Do you want to update or improve on the qualifications and grades you already have?
  • Are you looking to make a change in your career?
  • Would you like to take the first step on the path to university?

We offer a range of part-time National Qualifications during the day, in the evening or by distance learning in Mathematics and English. The flexibility we provide recognises that not everyone can commit to a full-time further education course and follow a traditional pattern of study.

We teach all SQA levels of Mathematics from National 4 through to Higher as well as National 5 and Higher English. These are ideal starter courses for entry to learning, and requirements for career pathways including, Nursing and Midwifery; Engineering; and Teacher Training.

Further more, we offer flexibility and accessibility through our Intensive Revision classes, Mathematics and Numeracy (Distance Learning) and Flexi-Maths, ensuring that there are plenty of options to fit around the commitments you already have.

Our Highers in Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics are delivered as an evening class. They would enable progression into HNC in Applied Science or a range of different degrees in Engineering, Life Sciences, Chemical or Pharmaceutical Sciences or Health Care such as nursing or midwifery.

Fraser's Story – College helped Fraser fulfil his dream   

Fraser Burnett felt he never really found his place at high school and left at the age of 15.   

“I was quite sporty at school, so I was advised to think about studying at college. I went in for a meeting at D&A College and felt like it was the right place for me. Straight away I felt looked after and supported.”   

Fraser studied Sport Coaching where he learned about how to coach a variety of sports and working with young people.   

“I then did modules that prepared me to go on and study Sport Science. I really enjoyed the more scientific side and learning about the physiology of the body.”   

Fraser knew he wanted to become a teacher so, to further develop and broaden his knowledge, he studied Essential Skills courses in Mathematics and Communication. He is now a primary teacher at an independent school in Edinburgh.   

“I really appreciated feeling supported and encouraged by the staff throughout my entire time. I was lost when I left school and they pushed me and really wanted me to succeed. I’m proud that I persevered with my dream and that college helped make it possible.”