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; and
  • who 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 able 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 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; and
  • 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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