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construction 3
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
18 weeks (August to January)

ESOL Gateway to Trades is designed for non-native speakers of English who are interested in a career in construction and routes into employment after completing the course.

On the programme you will study a range of practical subjects while enhancing your English and preparing to work.

You will study towards industry recognised qualifications and complete a work placement – all activities that will support progression into employment.

There is no age restriction on this course. If you are ready to study and progress into work then this is the right course for you!

What will I learn?

Please note: this is not an ESOL programme

During this ESOL Gateway to Trades course you will study:

  • SQA Level 4 / 5: Employability units
  • SQA Level 4 / 5: Personal development units
  • You will work towards SQA construction units

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • SQA ESOL Pre-intermediate 1 (minimum of two units achieved) 
  • You should have an interest in working in the construction sector
  • A successful interview
  • You will be required to provide evidence of current English level and you may be required to do an assessment to ensure you are offered a class at the correct level.

Entry requirement equivalency table

Employer and industry links

You will develop your knowledge of career paths and employment opportunities.

Jobs and further study

  • NPA Construction
  • Modern Apprenticeship in the construction sector

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
Recruitment for this course is in two stages:

  • Stage 1: Information Session
  • Stage 2: Interview

Selection will be by meeting minimum entry requirements, attending an information session followed by an interview and assessment of qualifications plus evidence of residency.

The process will consist of an information session, interview and if required a skills test to ascertain English level. Proof of qualifications and residency must be supplied before an offer can be made.

Interviews will take place within two weeks of applying.

You will be informed of the outcome of the interview within 10 working days. You will be contacted by email unless you have informed the interviewer of another method you would like to be contacted by.

You will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email or letter if you have applied using a support service email address within two weeks of your interview.
Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information on Student Funding, Joining Instructions and Induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6064