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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
18 weeks

Applications open January 2024

Did you leave school without getting the qualifications you wanted? Do you want to come back to education but you’re not sure where to start? Would you enjoy developing skills and gaining qualifications while applying for the next stage of your chosen career? Gateway to College course could be for you.

Designed to offer support for students under 25 years old to progress onto further study, training or employment, Gateway to College aims to improve your confidence levels, to help you get key qualifications, to give you access to careers guidance and employment opportunities and to highlight future learning opportunities at the College.

Please note: the duration of this course may vary between our campuses.

What will I learn?

During this Gateway to College course, you will study:

  • SQA Core Skills units  
  • SQA Employability Award 
  • Volunteering week 
  • College and/or work taster 
  • Personal development 
  • Project-based learning that will help you explore different industries and college course options to create a plan that fits your goals.  

Entry requirements (minimum)

If you already have Level 4 qualifications in English and Maths this course is not suitable for you. 

Minimum Entry Requirements: 

  • Evidence of achievement of Level 3 qualifications in Communications/Literacy, Numeracy and ICT or equivalent demonstrable skills

Selection process:  

  • Attend an Information Session 
  • Attend a short interview 
  • You must be ready to study towards SCQF Level 4 qualifications  
  • If English is not your first language you will need SQA National 4 ESOL or higher to cope with the portfolio coursework 

This is not an English language course, if English is not your first language you should already have an intermediate level of understanding and use 

Jobs and further study

If you successfully complete this course, you may progress to Level 4 or 5 courses in January at Glasgow Clyde College. or move into training or employment. 

Support with CVs, Job Search and interviews for progression into employment is available and you may get the opportunity to complete projects and develop your knowledge of career paths and employment opportunities.

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?

When you apply, you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:  

  • 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. Proof of qualifications and residency must be supplied before an offer can be made.  
  • Interviews will take place within 4 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.  
  • 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 272 3104