WDC College Options 2018

Course Providers

The courses on this site are offered through a partnership between West Dunbartonshire Council (Education) , West Dunbartonshire Leisure and West College Scotland (Clydebank Campus).

Foundation Apprenticeship courses are delivered by West College Scotland and a range of local employers and are supported by Skills Development Scotland.

All "Schools Programme" courses are delivered by West College Scotland apart from Sport & Recreation Nat 5 which is delivered by staff from West Dunbartonshire Leisure at the Leisure Centres in Clydebank and Dumbarton.

Which Course?

Before you apply for a course, it is important that you find out what each course has to offer so that you can make the best choice.

Please use the information on this site to help you decide which course is right for you.

It may help to talk over the options with your parents or teachers.

When you are ready to apply, scroll to the bottom of this page and you will see the section headed "Applying for a course"

Why College?

In the earlier years of Secondary School, some subjects were compulsory and some could be chosen as options within the timetable.

Now, in Senior Phase, you have a greater number of options. As well as continuing to work in school, you can also choose to work part of the time at College.

These courses will give you the opportunity to choose a wider range of subjects or a different way of working.

Many of the courses are designed to develop knowledge and skills which will be valuable to you when looking for employment or applying for full-time places at college or university.

These experiences are divided into 3 families:

  • The Schools / College Programme (1 year courses in College or WDL at various levels - usually levels 4 & 5 but some at 6 and one at 8. Most of these are available to all senior phase students in S4, S5 and S6 but you must have the necessary grades stated in the entry requirements). One course is available at SCQF level 8 (Human Body - Structure & Function) and is aimed at students in S6 who plan to study medicine or dentistry.
  • Foundation Apprenticeships (2 year courses with College and Local Employer at level 6 which are available to students in S5 who will be continuing to S6.)
  • Higher National Certificates (Demanding level 7 courses which are available to students in S6 who already have at least one Higher or a range of good passes at Nat 5.)

You can find out which courses are available by clicking on the drop-down menus at the top of this page or you can use the course selector further down this page.


The Schools / College Programme and the Foundation Apprenticeships take place at the following times, depending on which course you choose:

  • Tuesday & Thursday Afternoon 1:30 - 4:00
  • Wednesday & Friday Afternoon 1:30 - 4:00
  • Friday all-day 9:30 - 4:00

An HNC course is more demanding and requires you to attend college for 4 afternoons per week:

  • Tuesday afternoon 1:30 - 4:00
  • Wednesday afternoon 1:30 - 4:00
  • Thursday afternoon 1:30 - 4:00
  • Friday afternoon 1:30 - 4:00

Course days and times are shown at the bottom of each course description.

What are Schools Programme Courses?

These courses cover a number of subjects and are available at different levels (4, 5 & 6). They last 1 year and require you to attend college on 2 afternoons per week (either Tue/Thu or Wed/Fri depending on course). Occasionally some courses are offered all-day Friday (depending on demand).

You can pick more than one course as long as the times don't clash with any other courses you plan to take, either at college or at school. These courses are made available for 2 reasons:

  • some let you sit Highers that may not be available to you at school. (available to students in S5 and S6 only)
  • some let you gain qualifications while building practical skills and experience that will benefit you when trying to find a job or applying for full-time courses at college. (available to students in S4, S5 and S6)

What are Foundation Apprenticeships?

In Scotland, there are many jobs which are important to the future of the Scottish Economy. In some of these jobs, there are not enough qualified people for the number of jobs available. Foundation Apprenticeships are designed to provide you with training so that you are in a better position to get one of these jobs.

Foundation apprenticeships are delivered over your 2 final years of Secondary School and are at SCQF Level 6 which is the same as a Higher. (available to students in S5 and then again in S6)

If you wish to do a Foundation Apprenticeship, make sure that you can fit it in to your timetable along with the school-based courses you are planning to take. (Remember to check this for both Year 1 and Year 2)

From a total of 12 frameworks, there are 8 Foundation Apprenticeship Courses available at the Clydebank Campus.

You can find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships at the Skills Development Scotland website:


Year 1

  • will take place in college for 2 afternoons per week (either Tue/Thu or Wed/Fri depending on course)
  • will provide you with the knowledge and skills required in your chosen area of work
  • will lead to a National Progression Award certificate in your chosen course

Year 2

  • will be with an employer for a whole day per week and with the college for one afternoon per week
  • will allow you to put your knowledge and skills into practice while working with a local employer
  • will lead to achievement of the Foundation Apprenticeship award

Beyond this, the Foundation Apprenticeship

  • will provide you with important knowledge, skills and experience when looking for a job
  • will allow you to progress to a higher level of qualification such as:
        • a Modern Apprenticeship
        • an HNC or HND at College
        • a Degree Course at University ( when combined with the other Highers required for entry )

What courses are available?

You can see which courses are available either by using the course selector below or by using the drop-down menus at the top of the page.

The course selector lets you see courses at all levels based on an area of interest. The drop-down menus at the top of the page are organised by the type/level of course.

Clicking on a course title will take you to a page giving more information about the course such as what it will involve, how it can benefit you and when it will take place within your school week.

Make sure that you read and understand all the information about a course before you apply for it.

Need Help or Advice?

You can get help and advice from your Senior Phase Officer, your Pastoral Care Teacher or your Depute Head Teacher responsible for Senior Phase. Your Careers Advisor can also help if you need to discuss Foundation Apprenticeships.

Applying for a course

The on-line course application allows you to select a first choice and a second choice of course.

Make sure that you have the necessary entry requirements and that you will be able to attend on the days and times that the courses will be running.

Personal Statement

As part of your application, you will be required to provide a short personal statement. Guidance is provided on this (using the button below) and teachers are there to help if required. When you have completed your personal statement, you should e-mail it to the Deputy Head Teacher responsible for Senior Phase so that it can be included as part of your application. Your DHT will provide you with their ourcloud e-mail address if you don't already know it.


Whether you are accepted for a course depends on a number of factors:

  • meeting the entry level requirements
  • your personal statement
  • commitment to attend college at the course times
  • agreement by School and College staff that you are suitable for the course

Once you have prepared your personal statement and decided your 1st and 2nd choice of course, you are ready to apply.

The on-line application for courses will be open between 1st Feb 2018 and 16th Mar 2018.

Click this button to get help with creating a personal statement.

Click this button when you are ready to apply for your college course (1st & 2nd choice).