East Renfrewshire uses a bus contract to pick up and drop off learners from their school. Whereas, Glasgow provides local bus passes and promotes independent travel. East Dunbartonshire tend to use a mixture of both and bus the learner to the college, but promote independent travel to get home after the course is finished for the day.
How is college different to school?
College is different from school in a few ways. You will notice immediately that at college learners are treated like an adult. There are no compulsory uniforms, school bells or whistles.
The main difference is that with vocational options there is a strong focus on building skills for life and skills for employability. The vocational courses usually lead towards awards such as City and Guilds (C&G), Skills for Work (SfW), National progression Awards (NPAs), National Certificates (NCs) and Higher National Certificates (HNCs).
What will be expected from me when I choose a vocational course at college?
You will be expected to be motivated in the chosen vocational area and have a keen interest in what you are going to study. Commitment to the chosen course, a mature attitude and full attendance are also expected. We will expect you to behave sensibly and respect other users of the college and act in a mature way. There is no direct supervision at break times, but you will not be allowed to leave the campus or wander away from the main buildings, whichever campus you are studying at.
The awards will act as a springboard for you to gain entry into the workplace or into further training / study or apprenticeships etc. You will develop valuable skills such as working with others and problem solving, skills that you will need for success in the world of work.
How will the course be certified?
When you receive your certificate from SQA (Scottish Qualification Authority), the results of your vocational course will appear alongside the awards for the courses you have completed in school.
What is the difference between a National 4 and National 5 qualifications taken in school or at college
National 4 and National 5 qualifications are at the same level on the SCQF framework whether they are take in school or at college. The difference is that the college offers courses in realistic working environments such as hairdressing and beauty salons, make-up artistry studios or construction workshop. This is a great opportunity for pupils to get a different type of learning, vocational learning, instead of being in a classroom environment.
How do parents keep up to date with their child’s progress whilst on a vocational course at college?Progress is reported on a regular basis through vocational partners. This may take the form of an individual vocational progress report or it may even be reported along with other school options in the form of a report card.
My son or daughter is supported at school – will they get support at college?
All school pupils who disclose additional support needs and/or receive support at school will be registered with the Inclusive Learning service at Glasgow Clyde College. A support plan will be negotiated on an individual basis.
The team at Equality and Inclusion has extensive experience of supporting students with a range of disabilities or specific learning difficulties. We pride ourselves on being approachable and supportive, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Who do I contact if I have a problem while at college?
If you had a problem at college you would first talk to your lecturer who will guide you in how to gain a solution. There is also a School Liaison college link whilst you are at college. You can email email@example.com or alternatively call the School Liaison team on: 0141 272 3348.