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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

NQ Skills for Life and Work offers young people with a learning disability, who require additional support, the opportunity to gain skills that will prepare them for employment. It allows students to apply and develop their skills through project-based work teaching them to become more confident and informed individuals who are ready for the workplace.

The application form for this course is at the bottom of this page.

What will I learn?

This NQ Skills for Life and Work course provides a supportive environment within which learners with learning disabilities/autism can continue their studies, adjust to their new surroundings and explore opportunities in the wider college. The course is designed to be a personalised/tailored experience thus providing young people with the opportunity to develop and improve life skills and independence. If appropriate, it will provide openings for them to try subjects in other college faculties to experience mainstream courses.  

At the end of the course, young people will be better prepared to seek employment, continue with further education and live more independent lives.  

The course timetable may offer some of the subjects below, however, these may change depending on the needs and interests of the learners.

  • Students develop core and interpersonal skills such as working with others, problem-solving, communication and timekeeping
  • Work preparation skills (including interview techniques, CV preparation, letter writing and job searching)  
  • Team working and enterprise skills  
  • Volunteering skills  
  • Money handling and numeracy  
  • How to self-manage health and wellbeing  
  • Literacy  
  • How to use assistive technology  
  • How to make better use of Information Technology  
  • Horticulture  
  • Creative arts  
  • Practical experience  
  • Environmental awareness  
  • First aid practices  
  • Work experiences  
  • Guidance and social media awareness  
  • Independence and travel

How to apply

To apply for this course, please complete the Supported Education Application Form and email it to admissions@glasgowclyde.ac.uk or post it to:

Glasgow Clyde College
Cardonald Campus
Mosspark Drive
G52 3AY

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • You must have a learning disability and/or autism  
  • The course is aimed at young people working at a minimum of National 3
  • You should show a willingness to study and to participate fully as a learner at college and should be able to work at the required level of study and at times independently
  • It is important that you can communicate with others and follow verbal instructions   
  • You should have a valid travel card prior to the course starting

Entry requirement equivalency table 

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

If appropriate, students will be offered the opportunity to be involved in a work placement or volunteering experience.  This may be on an individual basis or as part of a group.  Students will visit employers, and other college work-based programmes such as Project SEARCH, attend workshops and career events. 

Jobs and further study

  • Employment
  • Project SEARCH
  • Other college courses.

Please note: progression into Year 2 is dependent on the successful completion of Year 1.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply 

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team: 

  • We will invite you for an informal chat so we can tell you about the course and find out what you need
  • Please note: transition information is essential for all school leavers.

You will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional). Please note that your place will be confirmed provided we are able to meet your needs
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

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 14 days.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome of an offer will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. This will normally be sent out in June. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3104