Scotland’s largest college with over 40,000 students and 1,200 staff offering more than 2,600 courses.

Three City Centre campuses are easy to reach and close to all restaurants, shops and transport links.

As an internationally recognised institution, we are committed to our international students.

Modern-class facilities and access to Libraries, Labs, Workshops, Gyms, Swimming pool and Cafes.

Two intakes each year (February and August).

Close links with industry and better articulation to Universities.

All our classes are more personal and interactive.

An excellent International Student Support Team committed to helping you.

“We will positively promote equality, diversity and human rights for all. In doing so, the college will: Foster good relations based on dignity and respect; Advance equality of opportunity for individuals; and Eliminate harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination."

We are a publicly funded Institution and accredited by the Scottish Government.

Our entry requirements are more flexible than Universities.

I am proud to introduce this International Student Prospectus for 2011-12 which lists our extensive further and higher education curriculum at the vibrant City of Glasgow College. Our courses are designed to meet the skills and qualifications required by international employers and universities, giving you the best possible start to your career. The City of Glasgow College is the largest college in Scotland with over 40,000 students and 1,200 staff offering more than 2,600 courses. I would encourage you to make our new website a favourite so you can keep up to date on college news and student success stories. Once you have found the course which meets your needs, you can apply by downloading an International Application form. I look forward to welcoming you here in August and can assure you that you will be joining a high quality college with one of the largest international student communities of any Scottish college.


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Paul GK Little Principal & Chief Executive

Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Our city centre location makes the College easily accessible for students by all types of transport and the entertainment and shopping capital of Scotland is on your doorstep. Glasgow branded as ‘Scotland with Style’ is a bustling, vibrant city. There is a wide variety of cinemas, clubs, bars and restaurants to choose from and more than thirty-five Museums and Galleries to visit. It has a wide and varied music scene and was recently voted as a UNESCO City of Music and recently hosted to the prestigious MOBO awards. Glasgow is a shopper’s paradise and is the second only to London for retail. The main shopping thoroughfare, Buchanan Street, has been voted one of the world’s top retail destinations. In sporting terms Glasgow is home to three professional football teams and is developing and recasting itself to meet the challenge of holding the 2014 Commonwealth Games. When you’ve had enough of city life Glasgow is only an hour’s drive from the beautiful Scottish country side where you can relax and explore more of Scotland’s beautiful landscape and learn about our history.

There are five million people living in Scotland and it forms part of the United Kingdom, along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but it has its own parliament and its own way of doing things. There are six fantastic and individual cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Stirling – as well as many other large towns and villages, that are all linked by air, road, rail and ferry. Although small, Scotland has had a massive impact on the world and not just for producing the finest whisky of the world today. It was Scots who revolutionised steam power and invented the television and the telephone. Scots the world over mark the start of the New Year by partying into the ‘wee small hours’ fuelled by traditional food, drink, dancing and singing. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations consist of the largest street party in the whole of the UK.

The City Campus Charles Oakley is located right in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. The campus operates out of 3 buildings and accommodate courses covering Business, Administration, Management, Accountancy, Finance, Retail, Marketing, Human Resources, Procurement, Law, ICT, Tourism and Social Sciences.

The City Campus North Hanover Street Campus is located in the city centre of Glasgow, which forms part of our City Campus. With 15,000 students enrolled every year. This campus offers programmes up to Honours Degree level, designed in conjunction with industry to ensure that graduates are successful in their chosen career. The campus provides programmes and training for: Art & Design, Built Environment and Construction, Communication and Media, Food and Hospitality, Printing, ICT, Sport and Tourism.

The Riverside Campus is also situated in the centre of Glasgow on the South bank of the River Clyde. Every year this campus welcomes over 9,000 students to study on the wide range of programmes, around 50% of our courses on this campus are in the specialist subject areas of Marine Engineering and Maritime Studies but also many other subjects are also available such as Drama, Business, ICT, Engineering and many more.

Overall, the City of Glasgow College has a national reputation for innovative programmes that meet the needs of the wider business community, locally, nationally and internationally. Our programmes have agreed progression links with many Scottish Universities and across United Kingdom. Most of students progress to the local Universities, such as Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian, West of Scotland and those like Dundee and Edinburgh Napier.

SCQF NQF Doctoral Degree SVQ 5 (Scottish Vocational Qualification)
Integrated Masters Degree / Masters Degree Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Certificate



Studying at City of Glasgow College
Most of our programmes begin in late August with examinations and continued assessment taking place throughout the year. Undergraduate students should normally plan to begin in August, although we run a small number of programmes from February. International students are provided with a wide range of services. The International Student Support Team provides caring and friendly support to all international students on campuses. Whether you need help with your student visa, academic work, health matters, accommodation, personal issues, or just practical advice about living and studying here, the team will be able to help and advise you. The Students’ Association coordinates a wide range of clubs and special activities and offers numerous meeting places at cafes on premises and across campuses.



Honours Degree Graduate Diploma Graduate Certificate SVQ 4
Bachelors/Ordinary Degree Graduate Diploma Graduate Certificate Professional Development Award ‘Scotland has a world-renowned, unified and coherent education system which combines both vocational and academic subjects. We have an 800 year-old history of unsurpassed quality in Education, both the USA and Australia have developed their own education systems based on the Scottish model.’ The Scottish Credits and Qualification Framework (SCQF) is a way of comparing the wide range of Scottish Qualifications. It covers achievements such as those from school, college, university and many work-based qualifications. The diagram opposite shows the framework and the qualifications include it. Each qualification is placed at a level on the framework between 1 AND 12.





Diploma of HE (Higher Education) HND (Higher National Diploma)



Certificate of HE (Higher Education) HNC (Higher National Certificate) Scottish Baccalaureate National Advanced Higher

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Learner Support and Core Skills
Students who find their basic skills require assistance at any point in the session should discuss the matter as soon as possible with their Course Leader/ On-Course Tutor. Help can be given with • English Language • Study Skills • Report Writing • Computer Skills • Numeracy etc, there are many ways in which we can help you improve these skills so that you can achieve the course of your choice. You can ask your tutor to refer you to the Lecturer in Core Skills and Learning Support or make an appointment with the learner support team. Designated members of the teaching staff offer support which is more specifically related to course matters. More information will be issued by departments during Induction Week.

City Campus Charles Oakley
Chartered Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (in association with the Chartered Institute of Marketing) Pre-Masters Diploma in Business (in association with University of Sunderland) Diploma of Higher Education in Business (in association with University of Strathclyde) Diploma of Higher Education in Social Sciences (in association with University of Strathclyde) HND Accounting HND Administration and Information Technology HND Business HND Human Resources Management HND Advertising and Public Relations HND Marketing HND Retail Management HND Display Design HND Tourism HND Legal Services HND Social Sciences HND Applied Sports Sciences HND Fitness, Health and Exercise HND Complementary Therapies HND Beauty Therapy HND Computer Arts and Design HND Computing Networking & Internet Technology HND Computing: Software Development (With Game Development) HND Computing: Technical Support HND Interactive Media

Riverside Campus
City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus maintains longstanding, fruitful partnerships with a number of overseas institutions with whom we offer 1+1 courses in HND Marine Engineering and HND Nautical Science, the first year of the course being delivered at the overseas institution and the second year being delivered at the Riverside Campus.

City Campus North Hanover Street
HND Radio and Television Production and Broadcasting HND Practical Journalism HND Photography HND 3D Computer Animation HND Computing Technical Support HND Information Technology HND Interactive Media HND Computer Networking and Internet Technology HND Fine Art HND Graphic Design HND 3D Interior Design HND 3D Modelmaking HND 3D Product Design HND Furniture Craftmanship & Design HND Food Science and Technology HND Professional Cookery HND Hospitality Management HNC Licensed House Operation (Bar Management) HND Sport and Hospitality Management HND Sports Coaching with Development of Sport HND Event Management HND Travel and Tourism

HND Administration and Information Technology HND Business HND Communication with Media HND Electrical Engineering HND Electronics HND Mechanical Engineering
If you are student interested in studying HND Marine Engineering or HND Nautical Science and you live in India, you should contact one of the following institutions for information on how to apply:

AMET University, Chennai - BP Marine Academy, Mumbai - Tolani Maritime Institute, Pune (HND Marine Engineering only) - VELS Academy, Chennai (HND Nautical Science only)
If you are student interested in studying HND Marine Engineering or HND Nautical Science and you live in Pakistan, you should contact the following institution for information on how to apply:

Maritime Training Institute, Karachi -
We also accept Angolan and Nigerian students of HND Marine Engineering and HND Nautical Science who are financially sponsored by one of the following companies:

Anglo-Eastern Group Ltd (Nigeria) NLNG (Nigeria) - OPS (Angola) - Sonangol Marine Services (Angola) -

Yumi Hirata, Japan HND – Marketing City Campus Charles Oakley
I wanted to study a practical subject in marketing and business. It is effective for me to study in the UK so I can become part of a new culture and practice my English. Most big cities are becoming similar thanks to globalisation, but in Glasgow, tradition and modernity are compatible and it is such an attractive city where I can enjoy music, art and the local Scottish atmosphere. The marketing course at City of Glasgow College is fascinating, teachers are helpful and my classmates are friendly.

All City of Glasgow College lectures and classes are taught in English. Applicants must demonstrate competence in English by meeting the English proficiency requirements. Students who do not have English as their first language must be able to show evidence of their English language skills. Accepted evidence must be one of the following achieved within the past two years:

IELTS (Academic) score
Overall score of 5.0 with no band less than 5.0

IELTS (Academic) score
Minimum overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0

IELTS (Academic) score
Overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0

TOEFL score
Paper-based total score of 477 with minimum of 3.5 in Test of Written English (TWE) or We welcome applications from international students and accept qualifications from around the world. You must demonstrate that you meet the entry requirements for the programme you wish to study. Your school-leaving certificate, college diploma, university degree or other qualifications may already meet the requirements; you should check the list of accepted qualifications for your country. If your country or qualification is not listed below, please contact the International Team. Computer-based total score of 153 with minimum Essay rating of 3.5 or Internet-based total score of 53

TOEFL score
Paper-based total score of 500 with minimum of 3.5 in Test of Written English (TWE) or Computer-based total score of 173 with minimum Essay rating of 3.5 or Internet-based total score of 61

TOEFL score
Paper-based total score of 500 with minimum of 3.5 in Test of Written English (TWE) or Computer-based total score of 173 with minimum Essay rating of 3.5 or Internet-based total score of 61

We also consider those applications with English language qualifications from Cambridge Examinations and Pearson PTE Academic English Test. *Some of our Undergraduate programmes require higher English proficiency, please contact us for further information.

China (incl, Hong Kong) / Japan / Korea
Mainland China
NQ Programmes Diploma from Vocational Secondary School or Skilled Worker School. Undergraduate Programmes Senior Secondary School Certificate / National Senior High School Graduation Examination.

India / Pakistan / Nepal / Thailand
NQ Programmes Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination / All India Secondary School Examination at Grade 10. Undergraduate Programmes All India senior secondary school certificate with English at Grade 12.

NQ Programmes Certificate of secondary education; or Certificate of maturity. Undergraduate Programmes Successful completion of one year’s tertiary study.

Hong Kong
NQ Programmes Hong Kong Certificate of Education / Project Springboard Certificate. Undergraduate programmes Hong Kong Advanced Level / Hong Kong Higher Level Certificate / Hong Kong Advanced Supplementary Level Certificate.

NQ Programmes Intermediate / Higher Secondary Certificate in Humanities and Commerce Groups. Undergraduate Programmes Intermediate / Higher Secondary Certificate in Science, PreEngineering and Pre-Medical Groups or Successful completion of one year’s tertiary study.

The entry requirements to some programmes may be higher. In addition, each programme also has its own requirements on specific subjects.

NQ Programmes Successful completion of high school diploma. Undergraduate programmes Successful completion of one year in a recognised university.

English Language – English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL)
Our English language programmes prepare students for study at undergraduate and postgraduate level. They are also designed for people who wish to study English in an academic environment in order to improve their employment prospects and ability to communicate complex ideas and theories in English. Our full-time programmes are taught by well qualified, experienced teachers who use the latest teaching methods, with National (Scottish Qualification Authority - SQA) Qualifications. Classes are small and students have access to computer labs, language labs and libraries while they study. Students who meet the entry requirements for academic studies, but not the English language requirements will need to take language courses before they study on our academic programmes. When students arrive on campus they are tested and placed in the English language course that best suits their ability. From there they can progress through the English language levels until they have improved their English enough to meet the English language requirements of their chosen programme. We require a minimum of an IELTS 5.5 Band or higher for entry to our Undergraduate programmes and an IELTS Band 5.0 for our NC/NQ programmes. We also accept ESOL qualifications from selected Cambridge University Examinations, TOEFL and Pearson PTE Academic Tests. *The minimum entry requirement for our ESOL courses is an IELTS 4.0 or higher.

NQ Programmes Cambridge Overseas Certificate. School Leaving Certificate Examination. Undergraduate Programmes Higher Secondary Education Certificate.

NQ Programmes High school diploma. Undergraduate Programmes Results from Korean university entrance examination.

NQ programmes Maw 6 with a score of 50% or above. Undergraduate Programmes Successful completion of one year’s tertiary study.

*If your qualification is not listed here, please forward copies of your certificates to the International Team who will assess and provide advice about your suitability.

To study at the City of Glasgow College students need to apply directly to the College or through an Authorised Representative. We recommend applications are submitted at least two months prior to term start date. Applicants must complete the international student’s application form, ensuring all sections are completed in full, and that the programmes of choice are clearly indicated. Please attach: • Certified copy of English Proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL or recognised equivalent and no more than 2 years old.) Certified copies of all relevant academic documents (transcripts as well as award certificate) Certified copy of passport personal details or Birth Certificate

(Applying for admission)

*We may require evidences of relevant work experience for our Pre-Masters Diploma and Professional Postgraduate Diploma programmes.

If you are submitting your application from overseas for the upcoming term it will take up to two weeks to assess (some programmes may require an interview during our admission process). Successful applicants will receive a Conditional Offer of Place letter, which will give conditions on academia, tuition fees, deposit, date of payment, methods of payment and our refund policy. To accept a Conditional Offer of Place, applicants must sign one copy of the Offer of Place and return it, with full payment of deposit, by the due date. When your fees have been received, a Confirmation of Acceptance Studies known as CAS (Unconditional Offer) will be issued. This must be presented to the nearest British Embassy / High Commission with a copy of your Unconditional Offer in order to obtain a UK Entry Clearance (Visa) under Tier 4 (General) point-based system or a Student Visitor Visa where is applicable.

Amitesh Sarkar, India HND 3D Animation City Campus North Hanover Street
I am currently studying HND 3D Animation course at City of Glasgow College. A great feature of the College is its state of art IT labs and latest professional softwares. I was given many opportunities for work experience projects with the help of my course tutors who are all very professional. I really enjoyed the fact that my lecturers are all passionate people who are sharing their knowledge and experiences of the Animation industry. I'm very much enjoyed my student life in the college. I am happy to have chosen to study in the college and live in Scotland.

Kai Liu, China ESOL & Diploma of Higher Education – Social Sciences City Campus Charles Oakley
The reason I chose to study in Scotland over America, Australia and England was because of Scotland’s renowned education system, which has an 800 year history. The amiability of the staff was crucial in my decision to study at the college and the lecturers are all very professional, approachable and willing to help. Overall my classes are enjoyable, worthwhile and challenging. I love the friendly environment, great facilities, convenient city centre location and multi-cultural life the college has to offer. Through the perfect partnership between the College and University of Strathclyde, I am looking forward to studying at one of the UK top 5 business school to complete my degree (Economics) in 2 years time.

*Special Message for Students from China
Students from China now can enjoy the benefits of the partnership between City of Glasgow College and Shenzhen Development Bank. As an exclusive strategic partner of the City of Glasgow College, Shenzhen Development Bank in China has now assigned a dedicated team to provide prospective students with financial advisory and attend ‘one-stop’ financial services in assisting student to come to study at the City of Glasgow College in Scotland. The student will have access to the following services but not limited to 1) Professional Funding Certification for UK Visa purposes 2) Foreign Currency Exchange 3) Credit Cards 4) Any other businesses related to study in UK As a prospective student to the college, students will be able to access banking services with special discounted rates provided by the Bank and related bank charges maybe waived as appropriate. The dedicated team can be contacted via, Retail Banking Division, Garden Bridge Subbranch, Beijing Branch, Shenzhen Development Bank Team Leader: Mr. Jing Zhao Phone: 13164206340 / 010-95501 Address: Floor1 International Finance Centre, No.87 North of the Third West Ring Road Haidian District, Beijing (next to the Capital Normal University, Beijing)

In general, if you are not a national of one of the member states of the European Union (EU) and are not a Refugee or Asylum Seeker, then you are an international Student and must pay international rather than home fees. For details of tuition fees, please refer to the International Application Form or your Offer of Placement Letter. Details of how to make your tuition fee payments will be sent to you with your offer letter.

Approximate Annual Expenditure
The following information, based on 2010/2011 estimates which may be subject to changes, gives the approximate expenditure required to live in Glasgow. Your actual expenditure may vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose and your lifestyle.

Description Rent Food Books and materials Transport TOTAL Estimate Per-month £ £ £ £ £ 320 150 70 30 30 600

Personal and miscellaneous £

Janak Raj Sharma, India HND – Nautical Science Riverside Campus
Studying in Scotland has been a great experience and what has made it even greater is the fact that City of Glasgow College is one of the biggest colleges in Scotland. Doing HND-Nautical Science has given me a great amount of confidence and knowledge for all my future endeavours and a great seafaring career. The course has been very interesting and enjoyable, at times it was challenging but the staffs have been very helpful in answering whatever problems I have had.

At City of Glasgow College we have established a close relationship with several student accommodation providers. These student accommodation developments are easily accessible and within walking distance from our campuses and include On-site Management Offices and Caretakers 24 hours a day. They also have CCTV and secure door entry systems. Liberty House Victoria Halls UNITE Blackfriars UNITE Buchanan View All rooms are fully furnished with optional internet connection packages as well as en-suite facilities in every bedroom. There are also laundry services available on-site. Typical costs are £80-100 per week for a single en-suite bedroom. Usual fees, terms & conditions apply. For more information please contact Liberty House on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or visit www. Victoria Halls on +44 (0)141 354 4100 or visit www. UNITE on +44(0)141 333 1372 or +44 (0)141 552 6961 or visit Alternatively, there are other useful providers of accommodation in Glasgow. Lodgings Renting a room in a private house. The landlord/landlady will also live in the house, perhaps with their family. You will probably have to share the bathroom and kitchen. Flats and Houses After you have been in the UK for some time and have found a small group of friends, you may wish to share a furnished flat or house together. You will share the rent, heating and lighting bills, the food bills and the cleaning. This sort of accommodation can be cheaper than the other types. USEFUL WEBSITES:

All International Students in full time education in Scotland are eligible for NHS (National Health Service) treatment, whatever the length of their studies. This also applies to dependants ie: spouses and dependants under 16 years old (19 yrs if still at school). This applies from the first day of arrival in Scotland. It is important that you register with a doctor (also known as General Practitioner or GP) as soon as you arrive in Scotland. To register, visit a local doctor’s surgery during opening hours and take a letter from the college to prove you are a student. You will fill in some forms and then you will be sent a medical card through the post which will have your NHS number on it. There are no charges to see a doctor or GP, but you will have to pay towards the cost of any medicine which the doctor prescribes to you. If the doctor gives you a prescription you take this to any pharmacy where they will give you the medicine and charge you a fee. Some medicines are available without prescription at the chemist eg: Cold & Flu remedies, so it is worth checking this out with the pharmacy or GP. Treatment in an Accident & Emergency Department (A&E or Casualty), following accident is free and is available 24 hours a day in most hospitals. For more information, please visit:

photos of Liberty House

‘The City of Glasgow College is a UK Border Agency approved Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) Institution.’ If you are a national or citizen of a non-European Economic Area or Switzerland and are on a course of study of more than 6 months duration, you must obtain an entry clearance in order to travel to and enter the UK as a 'student'. You should apply for a visa from your nearest British diplomatic post. You can find your nearest visa application centre and information on how to apply for a visa from the UK Border Agency website. When applying for a visa you will be required to provide supporting documents. You are advised to keep all the original documents with you while you are travelling to the UK.

You must make the necessary arrangements to apply for a visa well in advance of your date of travel to the United Kingdom. Please also ensure that you obtain the correct visa before you travel. On entering the United Kingdom, you will have to pass through immigration control, where you will be asked for your passport and other certificates mentioned above. The student entry clearance will specify the date after which you may enter the UK and the date by which you are required to either leave the UK or apply for an extension of stay in the UK. USEFUL WEBSITES:

Tehseen Arshad, Pakistan Pre-Masters Diploma in Business City Campus Charles Oakley
I have enjoyed my studies with City of Glasgow College. As it has provided with Skills and Confidence I require for my career. The staff are very friendly and have helped me to adjust in the college environment, as I came from a different background. I found that this is the best college in Glasgow for international students, as it welcomes students from different countries with open arms.

Organise your Tier 4 (General) Entry Clearance - contact the British High Commission or the embassy in your home country to obtain an application form Ensure your passport is valid for your intended length of study in UK Start looking for accommodation Pack a document folder containing your Unconditional Offer letter, academic transcripts from previous studies, identification documents etc Organise to sufficient funds available to you on arrival in Glasgow Have a medical, optical and dental check-up and organise any prescribed medicine required Write down contact details of your home country’s embassy in United Kingdom Write down the number of International Office’s contact number for international students: +44 (0)141 565 2652

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International Contact:

International Team Riverside Campus 21 Thistle Street Glasgow G5 9XB United Kingdom

Email: Phone: +44 141 565 2652

60 North Hanover Street Glasgow G1 2BP tel: +44 (0)141 566 6222
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