Qualifications Explained

Glasgow Clyde College offers a diverse range of courses, both academic and vocational, including:

Skills for Work

Skills for Work courses are aimed towards young people in the 14-16 age group. Skills for Work qualifications give learners the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills which will help to prepare them for the world of work.

Skills for Work Courses are different from other vocational provision because they focus on the generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace. The courses offer opportunities for learners to acquire these critical generic employability skills through a variety of practical experiences that are linked to a particular vocational area.

Skills for Work courses also help provide young people with good opportunities to develop their self-confidence. They aim to provide a very positive learning experience. For many young people, an early chance to work on practical skills that relate directly to the world of work will provide real benefits to their overall educational programme. 

National Progression Awards (NPAs)

National Progression Awards (NPAs) are designed to help people reach their goals and are available in a variety of sectors from Construction through to Childcare. NPAs are aimed at assessing a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas. They also link to National Occupational Standards, which are the basis of SVQs.

NPAs are at SCQF Levels 2-6 and are successfully delivered in partnership between schools, colleges and employers. 

National Certificate Awards

National Certificates are designed to prepare people for employment, career development or progression to more advanced study at HNC/HND level. They also aim to develop a range of transferable knowledge including Core Skills.

National Certificates are aimed at 16-18 year olds or adults in full-time education and are at SCQF Levels 2-6. 

Each National Certificate has specific aims relating to a subject or occupational area.

View the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Explained video.


Vocational Partnership Programmes

The School Liaison Team at Glasgow Clyde College has an excellent relationship and works actively with all schools in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire and other surrounding areas to support a variety of programmes to school pupils from S4 to S6 as part of their school timetable.

The College delivers a range of programme across all three of our campuses in Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside, as well as in a number of schools.

For further information on Vocational Programmes for your area, please contact:

Schools Liaison Manager
Tel: 0141 272 3681
Email: schoolsliaison@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

Winter Leavers Programmes

Christmas Leavers, aged fifteen and a half, can apply for National Qualification and introductory programmes with permission from their Parent/Guardian and school Head Teacher. 

For further information on Winter Leaver programmes please contact:

Tracey Russell - Head of School for Continuing Learning
Phone: 0141 272 3263

Schools Programmes for Learners with Additional Support Needs

The College delivers a Schools Link Programme for pupils with Additional Support Needs from both mainstream and special schools.

For further information on these programmes please contact:

Julie Joiner - Head of School for Supported Learning 
Phone: 0141 272 3250


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