Glasgow Kelvin College is the key provider of accessible vocational skills and core-skills learning in the North and East of the city. It delivers high quality introductory to degree-level programmes to around 16,000 learners each year across four campuses which sit in the heart of their communities, and through a large network of community-based centres.
As one of three colleges in the Glasgow Region, Glasgow Kelvin College works closely with its sister colleges to ensure a quality learner experience which equips its learners to progress in their working, personal and civic life.
Engaging with its communities that experience high levels of deprivation, the College works with partners and employers to create and deliver relevant industry-standard programmes and inclusive progression opportunities in a vibrant and sustainable environment for the learners, communities and stakeholders which it serves.
The College mission is ‘Transforming lives through education’, with a vision to ‘enhance our learners’ aspirations, careers and lives through accessible, inclusive, high quality lifelong learning.’
The College Strategic priorities for 2018 – 2021 emphasise that it is:
• Working to develop our students, communities and curriculum
• Working to develop our own skills
• Working in partnership, and
• Working sustainably, transparently and collaboratively
Number and range of learners
With over 18,000 enrolments from 15,200 learners in 2016/17, the College learner population is diverse and dynamic. At the last Student Satisfaction survey, 97% of learners reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their College experience.
79% of learners are from the Glasgow area and the age profile reveals that some 49% are aged 25yrs and over. The College’s strong relationship with local secondary schools through its Senior Phase and Youth Access programmes is borne out by the fact that around 16% of learners are aged under 16yrs.
In addition, a reflection of the intrinsic relationship the College has with its local communities is evident from an examination of the learner profile where 50% of learners live in the most deprived 10% of Scotland’s communities (SIMD2016).
The College Leaver Destinations report reveals that almost 97% of full-time learners progressed to employment or further study in 2018.
Glasgow Kelvin College’s Curriculum Offer
The College ethos focuses on the progression of learners through their learning journey, whatever their starting point. The curriculum, therefore, offers part-time flexible learning from introductory level right through to full-time advanced study linking with degree-level programmes.
The offer is framed around the abilities and aspirations of learners and is driven by the skills needs of a growing economy with vocationally relevant qualifications which align with employment opportunities. Most mainstream programmes contain a work-experience element.
Activity seeks to address economic sectors which are of key importance to the city and Glasgow Region:
• Health and Social Care, Early Years and Childcare
• Administration, Financial and Business Services
• Creative and Digital Industries
• Engineering and Construction
• Food, Drink, Hospitality and Leisure
• Life and Chemical Sciences
The majority of qualifications delivered by the College are accredited by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) from NQ level, through HNC/D, with others accredited by external agencies such as City and Guilds.
There is a significant amount of apprenticeship training provided for young people on block release from their employers. In addition, the College works with Skills Development Scotland to deliver Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and the new Graduate Apprenticeship.
All College programmes have embedded within them an element of personal development with planned expansion in the delivery of meta-skills to enhance communication, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills.
A significant proportion of provision is geared towards specific ‘vulnerable’ groups of learners who may require additional support, people with learning disabilities, addiction issues, challenging behaviours or young people who are supported through the local authority (young people with experience of the care system). The College works closely with practitioner partners to ensure a relevant and supportive learning journey for all its learners.
The College also works with community partners to deliver learning to third sector groups, opening up that all-important path back into education for many excluded individuals. A significant proportion of this is provided through the John Wheatley Learning Network, an asset-based approach which supports learning in 44 centres in and around Glasgow, with access to IT resources and tutor-supported classes. Glasgow Kelvin works closely with its partners to ensure the continuing success and expansion of the network which is part-funded by a major housing provider and the local authority.
More information can be found at: www.glasgowkelvin.ac.uk
The Video below provides an insight into how the College works in partnership with its local communities…
This video provides an insight to some of the College’s 2018 highlights…