Information for pupils

Try something different

Stow College works with schools to give people like you the chance to do something different. We offer a range of exciting, interesting and practical part-time courses for students who are still at school – from S2 right through to S6.

These courses are ideal if you want to explore subjects and possible career opportunities that you might not have the opportunity to experience at school.

But it’s not just about experiencing different courses, at college you will also have the opportunity to experience a different kind of learning environment.

So how is a college environment different from that at school?

At college there are fewer rules to be followed with a greater expectation that students are in charge of their own learning.

Everything tends to be on a larger scale with more tutors/lecturers and support staff, larger buildings, more facilities and resources.

There is greater variety in how subjects are taught. There is a varied student population with a far broader age mix.

At Stow College you won’t just sit and work at a desk. Whatever course you choose, you’ll get real experience in our excellent learning facilities. We've got a new dance studio, 15 computer labs, a recording studio, new science labs, engineering technology centre, music ‘live’ room, flexible learning centres and lots more.

As well as improving your learning skills, coming to college will also help you develop social and personal skills that will help you in many different situations including at work and in the community. At Stow you’ll have plenty of independence and we’ll treat you like an adult.

So have a look at the courses that are available (here). They’re all designed to develop some of the skills and knowledge you’ll need to help you get a job. They’re also ideal if you’re thinking about studying full-time at college or University when you leave school.

In addition, most of the courses lead to a recognised qualification which will enhance your CV and increase your job prospects.

You may find further useful information on the following website:

Futureskills Scotland: www.futureskillsscotland.org.uk

What happens next?

Take some time to consider the opportunities available at Stow.

Talk to your parents or guardian and your teacher. Discuss your options with your friends.

If you decide you want to apply for a course you will first of all need to speak to your teacher at school and discuss with them what it is you would like to do.

Following this, if it is agreed that coming to college can enhance your learning and fit in with your timetable, then your school will contact the college and apply for a place on your behalf.

Please remember that some courses are very popular and we cannot guarantee that there will be a place available when your application is made. But don’t let that stop you applying. Lots of people have said that coming to Stow College was the best thing they ever did. So try something different today!

Further details on individual courses can be found in our Schools Prospectus which you can download by clicking here.