Why Study at SLC?

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South Lanarkshire College is a one of Scotland’s top performing colleges with a great reputation for helping students on the pathway to their chosen career.

Students just like you choose us year in, year out because our courses are developed in partnership with leading local and national employers. That means that as soon as you’ve completed your studies with us, you’ll have exactly what you need to follow your perfect career. Our staff are award-winning, experienced in their field, and specialists in their industry. They’re fully committed to helping each and every one of you, every step of the way, with all the support you’ll need. So come and start your journey to amazing in our great city. Everyone is welcome.

The College is home to 6,000 students and is situated in the centre of East Kilbride, just 7 miles from the Centre of Glasgow.  The area boasts a lively student community. There’s plenty of cafes, bars, shops and restaurants as well as easy access by public transport to the major city of Glasgow.

The College is situated less than a mile away from East Kilbride Shopping Centre and  Calderglen Country Park. Both are great places to visit on your lunch break.

There are lots of reasons why time and time again, students are choosing to study at South Lanarkshire College.

1. Over 150 courses on offer

We’ve over 150 courses full and part-time courses designed to give students the skills valued by employers and the knowledge to move on to further study.

2. Wide range of subject areas

We have a fantastic portfolio of courses across a variety of different areas which can be studied on a full time, part time, day release and evening basis so there’s something to suit everyone.  Our courses are covered in three curriculum areas, Construction, Care and Business and cover a wide range of subject areas from beauty to business, from plumbing to painting and decorating, from hospitality to horticulture and from Science to Social Care. 

3. Study offered up to Degree level

We deliver a choice of programmes from SVQs all the way through to Degree level.

We offer an Accounting degree level programme in partnership with University of the West of Scotland 

At South Lanarkshire College you can gain your Bachelor of Accounting degree over three years , with an option to progress onto Year 4 Honours in Accounting at UWS.

4. Small class sizes

We have less than 20 students in the majority of our South Lanarkshire College class sizes.  This is a great benefit to you the student as students perform better in smaller groups. A class size of fewer than 20 students allows for increased individual attention from the lecturer, increased participation, and better communication between the lecturer and students.

5. State of the art facilities

SLC is a bright, modern and forward thinking college where we put our students and partners at the heart of everything we do. At our state-of-the-art campus in East Kilbride, we have outstanding classrooms and workshops for you to learn in. The facilities are continually being changed and adapted to meet our students learning needs. Everything you need is in our one campus, so you are never far away from our support teams, the canteen, shop, beauty salon, training restaurant or our relaxing outdoor space. 

We've got the course for you

You can study at college in different ways. It depends what works for you. Have a look at the options available.

Full-time courses are the quickest way to complete a qualification and will normally mean that you’re expected to attend classes for a minimum of two-and-a-half days a week but this does vary per course and can be more, depending on the course of study.

For some people full-time study may be out of the question. You can choose how you study to suit your busy lifestyle. Usually, a part-time course takes longer than a full-time course, but you still cover the same syllabus, assignments, classes and exams. 

Part-time day

There may be opportunities to infill across a range of full-time courses. In all cases, part-time study of this nature is by negotiation and subject to there being sufficient spaces available after full-time students enrol in August/September. 

Part-time evening

Places on most part-time, evening courses are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to you meeting the entry requirements- in the same way as full-time courses. 

Take a look at our course finder for all the details.

The College has a long tradition of working with schools and offers a range of programmes for and in partnership with secondary schools, South Lanarkshire Council, East Renfrewshire Council and North Lanarkshire Council. For more information about options for school pupils to complement your school timetable, check our Schools Provision and Foundation Apprenticeships section.

We are a key provider of apprenticeships in Scotland. Our apprenticeship programmes are aimed at people in employment who wish to gain a nationally industry-recognised qualification while working. They are designed by industry for industry to help forward-thinking businesses attract and retain staff by offering a range of high quality, work-based training routes to skilled jobs.

Check our Modern Apprenticeships section.

South Lanarkshire College works with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to deliver a range of programmes through Employability Fund.

With a strong focus on work experience, the Employability Fund lets us respond to the different needs of each individual, while adapting to employers demands locally.  Employability Fund activity’s aim is to help unemployed people build skills and confidence employers are looking for.

We offer a range of courses through our Rural Academy in Lanark and welcome  enquiries from everyone who is looking to get back into employment and needs a helping hand.

We’re proud of our diverse college community which attracts students, staff and partners from places across the globe!

If you want to discover more, visit our International pages.