John Wheatley Learning Network

Barrowfield Community Centre

67 Yate Street, Glasgow

(0141) 550 0036


The Legacy Hub

301 Springfield Road, Glasgow G40 3LG

0141 556 4776


Calton Heritage Learning Centre

423 London Road, Glasgow G40 1AG

(0141) 550 9573


Bridgeton Community Learning Campus

Bridgeton Learning Centre
68 Dale St
G40 4TL

0141 556 4275


Enterprise Centre

Enterprise Centre
150 Boden Street
G40 3PX

0141 287 2521


Glasgow Kelvin College Flexible Learning Centre
Glasgow Kelvin College Community Achievement Awards

The Glasgow Kelvin College Community Achievement Awards are created to allow people the opportunity to design their own  learning and obtain recognition for knowledge and skills gained in a community setting, using a 3 stage process:

  • Planning – choosing an activity and setting milestones
  • Implementation – carrying out the activity
  • Evaluation – reviewing impact of the engagement in community activities

For more information please contact:

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A copy of the 'About the Awards booklet can be found here: /Data/Sites/1/userfiles/20/about-the-glasgow-kelvin-college-community-achievement-awards-july-2017.pdf


Glasgow Kelvin College Locality Planning Award

The Glasgow Kelvin College Locality Planning Award was created to support local residents to inform the local Community Planning Partnership about their area, about the things that matter, what needs to be improved and just as importantly, know what’s good and needs to be maintained.

The Parkhead, Dalmarnock, Camlachie Thriving Places initiative was set up with the aim of assisting areas to become thriving, self-supporting and successful neighbourhoods. The exercise is designed for residents to work in a group, discussing with each other the services and facilities in the area, rating them and giving information about their reasons which will help set priorities for the future.

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Glasgow Kelvin College Wider Access Programme

Glasgow Kelvin College’s Wider Access programme is designed to support learning in areas characterised by multiple deprivation -
for groups of people experiencing disadvantage which:

  • makes access to main campus programmes difficult for them; andwho need a partnership approach in which their individual learning needs are supported through review by the community group or service requesting the support.
  • The programme is one in which funding for tutor time is set aside to enable response to community need.
  • Wider Access Programmes are delivered in the community in response to demand from community partners.

Eligibility for Wider Access support
Requests for support from the Wider Access programme may be made by community groups and services which are:

  • not for profit organisations;
  • within the Glasgow region; and
  • which support excluded groups of people:
    • who would not normally be unable to access mainstream learning opportunities (e.g. people who are unemployed, experiencing in-work poverty, in recovery, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged);
    • who constitute a viable group (normally about 12 or more) which uses public spending well; and
    • who are willing to progress, through individual learning plans, developing their capacity to thrive.

Typically these are groups which need the support of a smaller class sizes to ensure learners receive additional tutor attention and who are most comfortable learning in a familiar and local setting (a community venue).

Community partner requirements

  • The partner must:
    • know the learning needs of the local community and the members of the group they’re seeking to support, because they’re working locally and know local people;
    • be prepared to review progress with learners in a friendly and supportive, informal manner;
    • confirm that the group is excluded from mainstream main campus college provision and so requires the community based learning service requested because it’s the most appropriate form of support.

The community partner therefore acts as the representative of the student in requesting the Wider Access programme; as the appropriate way to achieve their agreed educational aims and progression.
The Wider Access request form (signed by the learners’ representative) formalises this relationship.
Although the College generates an individual learning plan which records the additional support being provided, the learners’ need for the programme and progression from it is reviewed with the learner by the community partner organisation representing them.

Range of Support

  • In general, the courses supported are available from the College’s current portfolio, taught by College staff and generally within normal College hours.
  • If the course or flexible learning programme wanted is not normally covered by the College (see prospectus or for details) please make enquiries anyway: we may be able to provide support.
  • Courses should support employability or have a clear progression route identified and should support the development of core skills (Digital Skills, Communications, Numeracy, Working with Others, Problem Solving) as well as having a vocational, personal or social skills development focus.

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Youth Access Programme

The Youth Access programme supports young people in the evenings and at weekends, to;

  • gain access to the John Wheatley Learning Network,
  • develop skills with creative technologies based on arts and cultural activities.  

To these ends Youth Access Workers lead IT-based activities, working with College tutors to engage young people in activities such as:

  • music creation,
  • video editing,
  • website creation,
  • recreational use of the internet,
  • networked games. 

These activities are designed to support the development of transferrable IT skills but also to support the development of social skills and the ability of young people to interact positively with their peers and with adults in authority.

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Sessions are based in learning centres equipped with PCs and fast connections to College servers and the Internet. The Youth Access programme is supported by Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow City Council Community Planning and Glasgow Housing Association.

Operation and partnerships

The Youth Access programme is based on youth work principles and the sessions are led by youth workers. The programme supports learning, based on the development of trusted relationships built by youth work staff and young people. The young people are able to commission tutor support, as and when they have developed the confidence and interest in skills development, as appropriate.

While in the learning centres, the Glasgow Kelvin College youth workers lead activities. The programme is often also delivered in the context of other facilities and youth work activities, in which other youth work agencies generally take the lead role. The programme currently delivers over 25 sessions each week across 15 venues.

Youth Access workers are involved in the Glasgow North East Strategic Youth Alliance and are represented at all 6 planning Hubs.

Recognition of Achievement

The Youth Access programme has, since its beginning, supported young people to develop skills and competencies in an informal manner and provides opportunities to gain recognised and accredited awards.
The extension of the College’s online Individual Learning Plan system to its learners, encouraging young people to identify learning targets and to recognise when these have been achieved.
Developing the use of Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards, in partnership with Young Movers, 'Yomo' Glasgow.

See more about awards and certificates here


The Youth Access programme is a key part of Glasgow Kelvin College’s response to young people in need of more choices and more chances. It has already demonstrated considerable success in engaging young people in lifelong learning opportunities within their community. It is also successful in encouraging young people who are at significant risk of excluding themselves from employment, education or training, to sustain engagement with formal learning opportunities.

To find out more, contact Stuart Lowe  (Senior Youth Worker)