Why Study at SLC?

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.

Why Choose SLC?

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. 

We’ve got the course for you.

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. 

6. Sustainable Environment

The College is committed to reducing its carbon footprint through a range of initiatives:

  • The building has been rated Very Good by BREEAM
  • The heating is managed by a Building Management Software system
  • Low energy boilers are used for heating and hot water
    Lighting is automatically switched off in areas that are not in use
  • All waste is taken for sorting and recycling
  • Staff and students are encouraged to use electronic documents
  • Where printing is necessary, both sides of the paper is used
  • There is a bus stop for public transport on campus to reduce the carbon footprint of cars and encourage students to access the campus on public transport
  • There are cycle racks and showers for those who cycle to college and staff are encouraged to take part in the cycle to work scheme
  • With the support of a range of sponsors, a low carbon house has been built on campus as a training resource to highlight the use of domestic dwelling renewable energies and low carbon building techniques
  • We added an annex building on the campus in 2016 which was the first to be awarded BREEAM Outstanding (2014) in the world.
  • A large Solar array produces electricity which is consumed on Campus
  • Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps assist in heating the main building

7. Facts & Figures

Our Student Achievement rates reached a record high:

  • We have an 80% overall student achievement rate
  • We replaced all whiteboards in 2019 with the most up-to-date interactive technology
  • 100% of all full-time teaching staff have a teaching qualification
  • We work collaboratively with local councils and employers to identify skills gaps in industry and provide courses to meet the gaps
  • We provide the highest quality education and support with dedicated support staff available to discuss any anxieties or concerns you may have
  • The majority of our full-time courses offer work placement opportunities as integral part of the programme
  • A growing number of employers are offering our students guaranteed interviews prior to the end of their course

Useful Contacts

We’re here to support and assist you throughout your college journey.  Please see below for contact details if you have any questions:

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