Course cuts at Edinburgh College could result in job losses due to courses being cut, merged or shrunk.
The plan to cut and merge courses has been designed in response to new Scottish Funding Council (SFC) policies which imposes caps on the amount of money provided for each student.
A member of the Edinburgh College, Gordon Coutts said: ‘We do not know yet how many courses are going to be cut or merged.
‘We will re-plan the programme in the following weeks. We will focus on courses that students do not show such a big interest.’
Mr. Coutts continued: ‘We will try not to have job losses.’
Student association vice-president Jenni Behan said: ‘Since the Scottish Government embarked on its college merger programme, colleges have suffered crippling cuts. Edinburgh College has been hit incredibly hard.’
A spokesman for the Scottish Funding Council said:’We support Edinburgh College’s plans to tailor its courses to meet changing patterns of demand.’
The most up-to-date figures show there are 15,256 students currently attending college courses, 316 fewer than at the same point last year.