Schools Provision

Schools Provision

The College has a long tradition of working with schools and offers a range of programmes for and in partnership with secondary schools and North and South Lanarkshire Councils.

Tel: 01355 807780
Fax: 01355 807781

When possible, we will be happy to arrange visits to the College for school pupils or members of staff. A member of the Marketing Team will be happy to attend parents’ evenings or information days for school pupils.

What’s with Work? Vocational Development Programme

What’s with Work is a joint initiative between local Colleges and South Lanarkshire Council. Students attend College within normal school hours to gain vocational qualifications over a two-year period in their third and fourth years at school. Pupils will not attend during in-service days, S4 prelims, exams or bank holidays or summer holidays. The main purpose is to equip pupils with transferable and real work skills which will be of considerable benefit to them, should they decide to pursue their option as a career.

The qualifications enhance and complement the Standard Grades pupils are taking in S3/4.

Pupils are transported to their college and returned to their school afterwards. There will be support workers with the groups at all times during their course. These workers will ensure all are in attendance and will act as guidance for those with any issues about the course. Health and safety is paramount to the success of the programme and no activities will be undertaken which may endanger the pupils. All elements of the programme activities are individually risk assessed. Parental consent forms must also be completed before any pupil can commence with the programme.

In the first instance, you should contact your school teacher. South Lanarkshire Council’s What’s with Work Programme Office can be contacted on 01698 452023.


Craft Skills (Int 1)
5 x 20 hours mandatory units and 3 x 20 hours option units
The construction option will give you experience of a wide range of trades from joinery to plastering as well as key skills such as being able to read and understand plans, measure out sites and quantities. This option will give you the basic skills in some of the construction industry’s key trades. It will improve your hand and co-ordinating skills and will show you why other subjects such as Maths, English and Physics are important if you want to pursue a career in the industry

Mandatory Units:

  • Introduction to craft practices
  • Brickwork
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plumbing

Option Units:

  • Roof tiling
  • Plastering
  • Electrical
  • Brickwork 2
  • Carpentry & Joinery 2
  • Painting & Decorating 2
  • Plumbing 2


4 x 40 hours mandatory units.

The Hairdressing option will give you experience of working life in the hairdressing industry. This course is designed to show you the variety of skills that are required to work in an industry that is customer focused and driven. You will get to understand the basic requirements of working in a salon as well as understanding how to help people create and choose a style that will suit them. There may be an opportunity in the second year of the course to have a placement in a professional salon.

Mandatory Units:

  • Salon awareness
  • Working in the salon
  • Employability skills
  • Creativity

Option Units:
There are no option units in this course


Hair, beauty and make-up: personal care and appearance
6 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 5

The Beauty option will give you experience of working life in the beauty industry. This course is designed to show you the variety of skills that are required to work in an industry that is customer focused and driven. You will learn the basic requirements of working in a salon as well as identifying skills which would contribute to your personal appearance. You will develop key communication, team working and customer service skills within a salon environment. You will gain an insight not only into the beauty industry but also the fashion industry.

Year 1 – Knowledge and understanding of :

  • – skin care
  • – nail care
  • – hair care
  • – dress code
  • Candidates produce a portfolio of evidence

Year 2:

  • Hand and nail conditions
  • Knowledge of contra indications to treatments
  • Nail condition and structure

Practical skills:

  • – preparing for treatments
  • – agreeing treatment plans
  • – carying out treatments and evaluations
  • – perform a manicure safely and effectively


Early Education and Childcare (Int 1 and 2)
3 x 40 hours mandatory units and 2 x 20 hours option units

The Care option will give you experience of working with people and looking after their needs. This course is designed to give you the key communication skills that are essential when working in the Care industry. No matter whether you are working with young children or older people, the principles remain the same. You will spend time both at college and in placement during this course and this will allow you to put your learning into action. The placements will also allow you to decide whether Care is the career for you.

Mandatory Units:

  • Intermediate 1
  • Child development: birth – young adulthood
  • Play in early education and childcare
  • Working in early education and childcare

Intermediate 2:

  • Child development and health: an introduction
  • Play in early education and childcare
  • Working in early education and childcare

Option Units:

  • Intermediate 1
  • Parenting
  • Care and feeding of children
  • Maintenance of a safe environment for children

Intermediate 2:

  • Parenting today
  • Care and feeding of children
  • First Aid


Performing cookery: An introduction (Int 1)
5 mandatory units (3 x 40 hours, 2 x 20 hours) and 1 x 40 hours option unit
The Hospitality option will give you experience of a proper industrial kitchen. It will teach you the skills to be able to cook for yourself at home or to become a professional chef working in or owning your own restaurant. The option will also give you skills in how to organise and arrange events and show what does into running a small business or large hotel.

Mandatory Units:

  • Food preparation techniques: an introduction
  • Cookery processes: an introduction
  • Food hygiene for the hospitality industry: organisation of practical skills
  • Introduction to craft baking Option Units
  • Maintain a safe and secure working environment
  • Provide and maintain a counter/take-away service

Introductory Programmes

These programmes are designed to provide an introduction to a variety of vocational areas. All courses are suitable for all students.

• Introduction to Craft Tools
• Introduction to Beauty Care
• SVQ1 Catering & Hospitality – Quick Service
• SVQ1 Hairdressing
• SVQ1 Beauty
• Introduction to Care
• Introduction to Horticulture

Winter Leaver Programme

This programme is open to pupils who wish to leave school at the winter break. To undertake the programme you must be eligible to leave this December and you must be 16 years old before the end of February next year. Pupils on the programme have the option of 3 areas of study: Business, Construction or Care. This programme is offered through the College partnership with South Lanarkshire Council.

Provision for S5 and S6

A range of SQA HN units in all areas of the College are offered to pupils from S5 and S6, some stand alone and some leading to an NPA or PDA cluster. There are also qualifications available from other Awarding Bodies eg City and Guilds, BIIAB. Often success in these can guarantee entry to full time College courses the following year, giving an alternative route to University. Units can be taken on a day release or other basis depending on the individual needs of the pupil.