Category Archives: Careers

Skills Development Scotland – S4 pupils

We hope you and your family are well and keeping safe during this time.  Although we are not working from school or our office during this time we are working from home, so we are available if you have any questions.  Unfortunately, we were unable to meet with some pupils or follow up with others as we had planned to do this after the Easter holidays but due to circumstances this has not been possible.  We were hoping to give you a call to offer our support with your plans for S5 and beyond and thought we would ask you to contact one of us by email with your mobile or house telephone number and a day and time that suits you best for us to call you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Keep Well, Keep Safe and Keep Positive

For the attention of Summer Leavers 2020

If you are intending to leave school in Summer 2020, and you haven’t already done so, could you please make sure that you contact either Miss Blain or Ann or Gerry from SDS to let us know what you have applied for or the courses that you have accepted. If you still need help to make applications please let us know and we can support you.
Miss Blain-
Ann Dunlop-
Gerry Carroll-
For those who have had offers confirmed from college or university please look carefully at the information below.

As a new Higher Education student we understand that you may feel you are missing out  on information sessions which can be frustrating, you may also be apprehensive about your first day at your chosen College or University  but be assured that teams from all our Higher Education partners have been working and preparing  responses to any questions you may have,  some also have a frequently asked questions section on their websites. These FAQs will be updated on a regular basis  and provide a good general source of information

 The following links will be useful and keep you informed and updated:

To make a firm choice through UCAS and accept an offer

In order to confirm your selected course after an offer has been made please visit:


Glasgow Caledonian University

If you have applied to Glasgow Caledonian University please use the Universities web page which will help with any questions you may have


University of Glasgow

There are several resources you can access for more information on the University of Glasgow.

For a student-led virtual tour of the campus please see the link below:

You can also access UniBuddy which is a platform which allows perspective students to speak to current students from a wide range of different subjects, as well as staff members:

This is a great platform for engaging with current students in an informal way but also for speaking to staff. Your Parents/guardians can also use it should they have any questions.

If you have our Summer School as part of your offer from UofG, the programme will be running online this year. You will receive more information about this in due course but if you have any queries please email:

For the most up-to-date information make sure to follow the University and the Widening Participation team on our Twitter and Instagram accounts: @ uofglasgow and @UofGWP. These accounts are updated on a regular basis and include information on our programmes, as well as information on scholarships and provide a great insight into life at UofG!

If you took part in any of our pre-entry programmes (e.g. Top-Up, Reach, Access to a Career, etc.) remember you can email our staff at any point with any questions.


University of Stirling

The University of Stirling’s has a wide range of resources and support available for our applicants.

All of the resources in our Virtual Undergraduate Applicant Day are still available to view online, applicants can also get in contact with any of the academic and student services teams through this site.

Our website is also full of helpful information on all aspects of student life at Stirling, and there is a dedicated webpage of next steps in the application process

There is a range of additional support available for widening access students. The team are happy to offer support via email or over the phone, this can be arranged by emailing More information on our widening participation activity can be found on our website


 University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is organising a series of virtual Applicant events that will take place later in April, the University will contact all offer holders to provide further details about what will be on offer and when. The events will enable offer holders to experience a virtual campus tour, and access further information on student life at Strathclyde, including academic programme information, accommodation and life in Glasgow. There will also be an opportunity to chat to academic and support staff and student ambassadors.

For further information and guidance for our offer holders on the current situation please visit



University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

UWS has decided to postpone the Offer Holder Sessions that had been planned over the next few weeks, but will contact students when they  are in a position to re-arrange the events. In the meantime, they  have launched a dedicated area on the  website for offer holders which provides the opportunity to experience a  campus experiences, alongside more information on student life at UWS and financial advice.  Should you have any specific questions UWS have asked that you please contact UWS at or on 0800 027 1000.

The offer holder campus pages are at:






Clyde College

Conditional Offers

Curriculum Support Administrators (CSA) and Admissions staff will be sending out new updated conditional offers based on information we already have from Senior Lecturers.

Entry Criteria  

Admissions have been communicating with Senior Lecturers requesting updates on any applications which require entry requirements to be met.  Applicants may have a phone interviews or be given a direct offers if this is required.

Keep Warm messages

We will be sending out messages to applicants at different stages of the application process – with general info to keep them connected with the college and contact details should they have any questions.

Internal Progression

Internal conditional offers will be given for any courses/students where this has not already taken place.

However, If you are aware that there is a particular situation where you know a learner is feeling anxious about their application and doesn’t know where to turn or what to do – please let me know and we can ensure that any anxieties are dealt with.



City of Glasgow College

Information for New Students.

As a new student, this is sure to be an exciting time for you! This Student Induction and Guidance Section will take you through everything you need to know and provide you with some useful information, to help make your start as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Student Funding | City of Glasgow College

Funding Explained. If you’re a Scottish student at a further education college in Scotland, you usually don’t pay fees. In addition, you can also receive help with the cost of studying, including living and travel costs, course materials and childcare.


For FOCUS West, you can still log on to  FOCUS Point web resource,

FOCUS point is being added to  daily,


Scottish Government

The Scottish Government have set up a new Student Information website which links to all colleges which may be helpful:


Student Awards Agency Scotland SASS –

This web site gives loads on information on what funding is available to you if you are going to University or to a college to study and HNC or HND – first of all you have to register

  1. Create an account using SAAS Account Registration.
  2. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email with a link to activate your account. The link will take you to a page confirming that your account is active with a link to the login page. 
  3. You’ll get the option to apply for funding.

As well as applying for your funding, you can:

  • check how your application is doing
  • view your award notice
  • review or update the details we hold for you by using the services within your online account

You will need to complete an online application by the required deadline with the Student Awards Agency Scotland ( SAAS ). You can make your funding application from April 2020 onwards. We advise you to make your application early and by 30 June 2020 to ensure that your funding is in place for the start of the session

Please get in touch should you require further help or support.

For S3-S6 Pupils – Inspire and Headstart Residential

Super opportunities for S3- S6 pupils considering higher education and/or a career pathway in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) based subject matter

 The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) has two programmes of STEM based residential* university taster courses Inspire and Headstart across the UK this summer 2020.


Inspire and Headstart are 3 and 4/5 day courses’ (respectively) hands-on series of STEM based activities and lectures for young people aged 15 to 17 (year S4 & S5)** to further their understanding of degree/degree apprenticeship and future career opportunities.

These on-campus university-based experiences are an enabler for like-minded students to engage with lecturers and undergraduates on a challenging course specific agenda whilst utilising their problem determination, analytical, creative and life skills.

Benefits include:

  • Practical sessions to reinforce theory-based lectures
  • Variety of course offerings and themes to suit all individuals
  • Access to university lecturers and undergraduates for advice and guidance on degree/degree apprenticeship and potential career pathways
  • Bronze (Inspire) and Silver (Headstart) industry-led accreditation from Industrial Cadets (Inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales)
  • Meet role models
  • On-campus halls of residence experience

Course fee, bursaries & other support: The course costs £245 (3 day residential), £150* (3 day non-residential) for Inspire and £399 (4/5 day residential) for Headstart. Limited bursary places are available on BOTH programmes subject to qualification criteria.

For more information/questions contact of 01707-871505

Apply online:

*There are 1 or 2 non-residential courses
**Inspire will consider mature/gifted S3 students who are 15 years old

S3 Parents Evening & Careers Fayre Tuesday 4 December

Our S3 Parents Evening will take place on Tuesday 4 December from 5 to 7pm.

We have also organised a Careera Fayre to run simultaneously on this night.

The Careers Fayre will have information and stalls on careers, further education courses and next steps from a wide range of establishments and organisations. Continue reading

Reach and Access Programme 2018-19

For careers in: Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Law, Accountancy, Engineering and Teaching

CURRENT S5 PUPILS Current S5 pupils wishing to take part in any of the programmes should register using the form for new participants available at the address given below.

REGISTRATION FORMS AND DEADLINES All registration forms are available at

The deadline for S5 registrations is the 20th October 2018.

Information Evenings – S2/S3

We would like to invite all Parents and Carers of S2 and S3 to Information Evenings.

The S3 Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday 4th February from 6-30-7.30pm.

The evening will focus on:

  • The S3 profile
  • Subject choice for the Senior Phase

The S2 Parents’ Information evening on Thursday 11th February from 6-30-7.30pm.

The evening will focus on:

  • The S2 profile
  • Electives for S3: Choices in Expressive Arts, Technologies and Social Subjects
  • Preparation for the Senior Phase

Tea/coffee will be available at the end of the evening to give parents the opportunity to talk to Mr Downes, PT Pastoral Care and Mr Kerr (Year Head)

Career Ready Programme

The Career Ready programme offers an exciting and challenging mixture of experiential and practical learning to help young people develop the skills, knowledge and attributes they need for work.

Students take part in our structured two-year programme in addition to their studies during S5 and S6 at school. But it is the way that classroom learning is linked to direct contact with the workplace and employers that makes the Career Ready programme stand out.

Students will be leaving the classroom for one-to-one mentoring, masterclasses, workplace visits and an internship. These activities happen either after school or at a time to ensure that any interruption to students’ school studies are minimized.

Applications forms can be found here and should be emailed to Mrs Ross at Closing date for applications is Tuesday 25th August and Interviews will be held in school on Thursday 27th August.
For more detailed information on the programme follow this link

Clyde College Courses – Starting January

Please find the link to our January start courses.

Full-time Courses
Full-time courses will run from January to June and have been designed to offer an introduction to a subject whilst preparing you for further study and include:

Anniesland Campus
Design – An Introduction
Sport – An Introduction

Cardonald Campus
Business Administration – An Introduction
Construction – An Introduction
Construction Pre-Apprenticeship
Complementary Therapies – An Introduction
Creative Industries – An Introduction
Design – An Introduction
Early Education and Childcare – An Introduction
Electrical Installation Pre-Apprenticeship
Hair, Beauty and Make-up – An Introduction
Health Care – An Introduction
Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship
Social Care – An Introduction
Sport and Fitness – An Introduction
Travel and Tourism – An Introduction

Langside Campus
Employment – An Introduction
Sport – An Introduction

Part-time Courses
Medical Administration – An Introduction (Anniesland)
ESOL (Anniesland, Cardonald, Langside)