Staying at School

The senior phase, which takes place from S4 to S6 in schools and includes ages 16 to 18 out of school, is the phase when the young person will build up a portfolio of qualifications.

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Senior Phase Partnership Programme

What is the Senior Phase Partnership?

The Senior Phase Partnership Programme offers a wide range of courses at SCQF Level 3-7 which are delivered at partner colleges and universities. Pupils can select a course that is relevant to their career path and study this at college while studying Nationals and Highers at school. The purpose of the programme is to help students develop knowledge and skills which will prepare them for the future job market, college or university.  Details of the courses available along with entry requirements and progression pathways are available in the Senior Phase Partnership Prospectus.

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Who can apply for a place with the Senior Phase Partnership?

Anyone who is currently in S4-S6 can apply using the online application. 

If you are applying for a Foundation Apprenticeship you must also complete an FA application form.  Further details on Foundation Apprenticeships can be found below, in the prospectus and by following this link.

How are the courses delivered?

Most courses will run for one academic year from August till April and will be delivered over 2 school afternoons, usually Tuesday and Thursday.  The delivery of some courses including supported learner courses, Foundation Apprenticeships and the HNC courses will vary so it is important you check the Attendance Pattern section for each course in the prospectus.

How will the Senior Phase Partnership benefit me?

Courses are designed to help you to progress in your chosen career path by developing skills that are essential for life and work which include:

  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Independent travel
  • Analysing and problem solving
  • Working with students from other schools
  • Independent learning ie taking notes in tutorials

How will I get to my course?

Transport is provided to get you to college and is often shared amongst local schools.  You will be collected from school by bus or taxi and taken to the college campus.  Most classes begin at 1.30 pm and finish between 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm.  Your school will let you know the arrangements for lunch and signing out.  

You are required to make your own way back from college. There are however exceptions to this rule due to the lack of availability of public transport and distance from school. You will be able to claim travel expenses for your return journey from college. It is important you have a Young Scot Card as this will enable you to claim discount on your travel. More travel information can be found in the prospectus.

It is important to emphasise that joining the Senior Phase Partnership represents a year-long commitment to undertake and complete the chosen course.  Students are expected to continue to attend college during prelims where possible. Students are not expected to attend college during exam leave in May. Registers will be sent to schools each week. Attendance issues will be picked up and reported to the Depute Head Teacher responsible for the Senior Phase Partnership Programme in school.

Foundation Apprenticeships

A Foundation Apprenticeship is a 2 year course that is delivered in partnership between school, college and an employer. There are 13 frameworks available in 2018:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • ICT Hardware
  • ICT Software Development
  • Creative Digital Media
  • Social Services: Children and Young People
  • Social Services: Healthcare
  • Accounting
  • Financial Services
  • Business Skills
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Food and Drinks Operations

More information can be found by following this link.

Why do it?

  • Gain a qualification recognised by employers
  • Gain experience in your chosen career while still at school
  • Develop self-confidence, problem solving and leadership skills
  • Enhance your job prospects or college/university application

Entry requirements

  • S5 pupils with a strong desire to work in industry
  • Ability to achieve Higher grade over 2 years
  • Course specific entry requirements can be found in the Senior Phase Partnership Prospectus

Attendance pattern – 2 Year Framework

  • Year 1:  Tuesday and Thursday 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Year 2:  Thursday all day shared between college and work placement
  • Delivered in City of Glasgow, Glasgow Clyde or Glasgow Kelvin College

Attendance pattern – 1 Year Framework

  • Tuesday and Thursday all day shared between college and work placement
  • Delivered in City of Glasgow, Glasgow Clyde or Glasgow Kelvin College

Subject Choices

There is a huge amount of advice available to support and prepare you to make choices both in the Broad General Education and moving on to the Senior Phase and beyond. Here is a selection of websites with a specific focus on Curriculum for Excellence:

Distance Learning

Scholar

Open University

Future Learn

A huge range of courses are available for pupils to participate in through West College Scotland. Schools must take responsibility for the enrolment of pupils and ensure access to ICT as appropriate. In addition, a member of staff to monitor progress and act as a liaison with the college is essential. Training (mid-March) will be provided through the college to support the programme.

Unlimited numbers can apply but those who enrol are expected to complete course. Only one course can be accessed at a time.

Online Application Form is now available

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