Our Construction courses start at entry-level and progress through to Higher National Certificates, the Construction faculty at Glasgow Clyde College has a course to suit everyone's needs.
Jobs in Construction
With over 100,000 new houses being built in the UK each year, the demand for construction skills has never been higher from employers. Our course offerings range from pre-apprentice level, to getting you ready to progress to supervisory or construction management roles with house builders, local authorities or civil engineering companies.
Further Study Opportunities
Studying a City and Guilds Pre-apprentice course might turn out to be the first step on a long ladder, if you're looking to build a career in construction. Designed to give you an overview of the various skills involved, you'll visit companies and gain assistance with work experience placements and building your CV.
Alternatively, you might move on to one of our other construction courses here at Glasgow Clyde College, degree courses at university or craft training in fields such as carpentry, joinery or painting and decorating.
Pre Vocational Programme
This course is run at the Cardonald Campus and is suitable for students who have limited experience in dealing with hand tools, woodworking joints, basic brickwork and painting skills. The course runs in two blocks of 18 weeks for 2.5 days /week with progression to the second block dependent on successful completion of the employability units as well as the practical element.
This course runs at both our Anniesland and Cardonald Campus and is the natural progression from the Pre-Vocational programme although school pupils who have completed a practical subject to National level 4 can also apply.
The programme runs over 36 weeks for 2.5 days per week and has generic units looking at Health and Safety, Construction Drawing and Occupational understanding with specific trades based units such as carpentry and Joinery, brickwork, painting, plastering and tiling. The employability aspects of working life in the construction industry are again vital and embedded within all units.
NC Built Environment
This course is run only at Cardonald Campus and is the natural progression from the NPA for those looking to follow a technician route within the Construction Industry. It begins to discover how building structures are put together, why certain materials are used instead of others and who makes these decisions.
The programme runs over 36 weeks for 2.5 days per week and is mainly based within a classroom environment looking at materials used, stages of a build i.e. substructure, superstructure and finishing components as well as drawings, surveying and health and safety. A small amount of time will be used to practice certain practical tasks to supplement the knowledge gained in class.
HNC Construction Management
To continue within the Built Environment framework students who want to continue down a technical route would progress onto the HN framework for Built Environment.
The course running at Cardonald Campus within the Built Environment suite is the HNC Construction Management. The programme runs over 36 weeks for 2.5 days per week and is mainly based within a classroom environment. The main aspects of the programme are to expand on the knowledge gained within NC Built Environment. It will also introduce additional subjects such as Construction Contracts, Site Administration etc. It is important to be aware that self-motivation and research is a vital element of this level of course to ensure students are well prepared for the next stage at university or in industry.
In honour of International Women’s Day, we chatted to Nicola Murray about women in construction, progress still to be made and what opportunities are available to young people interested in starting out in construction-related fields.
Glasgow Clyde College, in partnership with Bell Group, has launched the Bell Decorating Academy, which will focus on supplementing the painting and decorating skills taught in the college with hands-on experience.
Carpentry and Joinery apprentice Andrew Hutton has put his skills to good use, by travelling to southern India to work on a project building a new dorm on the second floor of an orphanage in the small village of Kollegal.