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Glasgow Code Learning: Pro

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Glasgow Code Learning

Everything you need to boost your career in Scotland’s booming digital tech industry.

GCL Pro is free and designed to be flexible so that you can fit your studies around your other commitments. Pro is delivered part-time over a 12 week period, offering you a community of expert tutors, access to laptops, software and connectivity and finally, support in entering employment within the Digital Technologies sector.

All course completers will be awarded either the SQA’s PDA in Cyber Resilience at SCQF level 7 or the SQA’s PDA in Software Development at SCQF level 7.

The next GCL Pro courses start in December 2020;

Course Content

Cyber Security* (SCQF Level 7)

You’ll gain foundation knowledge and skills in cyber security, increase your awareness and develop deeper knowledge and appropriate skills of the discipline. The qualifications will also raise awareness of the societal aspects of cyber security. Units include; Cyber Resilience, Data Security, Professionalism and Ethics in Cyber Security, Social Engineering.

* Please note that our Pro Cyber Security course is currently only available to those eligible for grant funding. Eligible applicants must be receiving Universal Credit or face two employment barriers. Complete the pre-application process to register for the course. See below for more information on eligibility.

Software Development (Level 7)

By the end of the course you’ll be equipped with knowledge and a range of skills relevant to computer programming with the confidence to apply practical software maintenance and program testing skills. You’ll practice and learn about the latest tools and technologies that are used by the major employers in the industry.

Areas covered include software development analysis, design and implementation. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete a software development project working with your fellow course members on a programming project team, applying project management techniques to the software development process.


Is GCL Pro the right level course for me?

Pro is designed for those who are keen to develop Cyber Security or Software Development skills and possess either of the following;

  • Qualification at SCQF level 5 or above in a related subject


  • Equivalent relevant experience.**

**Our free, online and part-time GCL Developer courses (SCQF level 5 and 6) are designed to help you prepare for GCL Pro if you don’t already have the equivalent level of previous skills/ experience. Courses include Software Development, Cyber Security and Web Development at SCQF levels 5 and 6.


How are the Pro courses delivered?

Glasgow Life in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College deliver the course as 5 x 3 hour online sessions a week for 12 weeks. You’ll be invited to take part in a mixture of tutor-led lectures, practical sessions, projects and discussion sessions. All of our live, tutor-led sessions will be recorded so that you can watch them and access course materials via our virtual learning platform at times that suit you.

As a GCL learner we offer you a community of supportive tutors, access to laptops, software and connectivity, additional 1-1 support sessions and guidance on starting a career in the Digital Technologies sector.

On enrolment with Clyde College, you’ll also receive a student card and have access to the facilities at all three of Clyde College’s campuses.


APPLY NOW: The next online 12 week Cyber Security and Software Development courses begin in December 2020.

Click here to apply for the Cyber Security course.

Click here to apply for the Software Development course.


What is the Eligibility Criteria for the Pro Cyber Security course?

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit or other income related benefits and live in Scotland, you are almost certainly eligible for the course. Full details are provided below.

In order to be considered for the Pro Cyber Security course you must;

  • be resident in Scotland
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • have not completed any further or higher education within the last 12 months
  • receive universal credit OR be considered low income employed or low skilled employed
  • face barriers (such as financial barriers) to accessing existing up skilling and retraining opportunities for a future career in the digital technologies industry.

Primary eligibility criteria

You must be in receipt of Universal Credit and live in Scotland having not completed qualifications at SCQF Level 6 or above in the last 12 months.

Secondary eligibility criteria

You must be facing two or more barriers or disadvantages as defined by the current Scottish Government European Structural and Investment Funds Participant Guidance.

Please note that if you are currently employed, only those considered to be in low income employment will meet the criteria (i.e. a total pay of £16,100 or less per year).

Some examples of the barriers/ disadvantages are listed below. This list is not exhaustive, click here for the full list of barriers/ disadvantages (pages 26 – 42). Please contact us using the details below if you are unsure if you are eligible.

  • Above 54 years of age
  • Long-term physical illness/ condition
  • Armed Forces Veteran
  • Asylum Seeker
  • Criminal Convictions
  • Disability
  • From employment deprived areas
  • Remote or rural areas
  • Homeless or affected by housing exclusion
  • Living in a jobless household
  • Mental health issues.

Click here to apply for the Cyber Security course.

Click here to apply for the Software Development course.

Contact us for more information about upcoming Glasgow Code Learning Pro courses and how you can apply.

Contact Name: Hazel Kyle (Employability Skills Project Coordinator)
Tel: 07584 601 490

For more information on the world of incredible opportunities for your career in Digital Technology check out Digital World which has been developed by Scotland's digital technologies sector and Skills Development Scotland.


View our Award overview

View our Award overview for Glasgow Code Learning: Pro

GCL - Pro Award in Web Development

Glasgow Code Learning: Pro Application Form

Complete your application form for Glasgow Code Learning: Pro

GLC 2019 - Pro Application Form.pdf