Cardonald College

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Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus (Formally Cardonald College)
Colàiste Chearr Dhòmhnaill Ghlaschu (Gaelic)
Latin: Colligium Cardonaldis Glasguensis
Type college
Established 1972
Principal Susan Walsh
Administrative staff
Students 12,000
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Campus Mosspark Drive, Cardonald

Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus (formally Cardonald College) is a medium-sized Further education institute located in Glasgow's South Side, in Scotland. Officially opened in 1972, it has over 12,000 full-time and part-time students. The college takes both students who have just left school and mature students.

The main campus is located in the South Cardonald area of Cardonald, close to Mosspark. This Campus is located 5 miles (8 km) from Glasgow's city centre.

Glasgow Clyde College (GCC) is currently linked to the Caledonian University.

In 2009, the college underwent a rebranding process designed to appeal to a wider range of student, commercial and international audiences. [1]

Main Building
Cardonald College
Skills Centre
Cardonald College Skills Centre

Mosspark Drive Campus[edit]

The Mosspark Drive Campus is located on Mosspark Drive. This is the main campus and is where the College's full-time and a majority of its part-time courses are held. In 2004 Building Design Partnership was appointed architect and design team leader for a major refurbishment and development project at the campus. This comprised building a new Family Centre and an Industry Skills Centre, as well as refurbishment of the existing tower block at the campus. [2] The Skills Centre was partly financed by a donation from the Robertson Trust of £100,000. [3]

Running of the College[edit]

In 1975 Strathclyde Region became the administering authority of the college.

In 1993 the funding of further education colleges passed from local government to central government and the responsibility for Cardonald College devolved to a Board of Management.[4]


The college has a lot of facilities for students to use including a cafeteria, a gym, childcare facilities, library, access to computers and a faith room.

The library has over 20,000 books, easy to use computerised catalogue, free internet access, photocopying, newspapers and quiet study areas. The library opens before classes begin in the morning and is open late several nights per week.

The main food hall is located on the ground floor of the campus and seats up to 270 people.

This service offers students and staff a wide range of hot and cold food with various healthy options. You will find homemade soup, home baking, main meals, deli-bar with excellent range of salads, baked potatoes etc. There is also a breakfast service offering hot rolls or a plated breakfast.

In addition to the main food hall there is also a cafe and shop located in the main foyer on the ground floor. The cafe offers a wide range of pre-packed sandwiches rolls and baguettes, homemade soup, home baking and hot pastries.


Glasgow Clyde College offers a range of qualifications certified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority . A number of these are:

Transport links[edit]

Corkerhill Station
Corkerhill Station

The colleges' main campus, Mosspark Drive is easily accessible by train, bus or underground. The nearest train station to the college is Corkerhill rail station which is only an 8-minute journey from Glasgow Central Station or a 9-minute journey from Paisley Canal Street. Trains depart at 8 minutes and 38 minutes past the hour from Glasgow Central and 1 minute and 31 minutes past from Paisley Canal. For further information please visit the National Rail website. Alternatively if the underground is an easier option for you, alight at Govan or Cessnock for bus links to the college.


Glasgow Clyde College is split up into five faculties.These are:

  • Access & Continuing Learning
  • Care, Science & Sport
  • Creative Industries
  • Technology & Business
  • Training Solutions


Some of the courses offered by these faculties are:

  • Access & Continuing Learning
    • ESOL
    • Food Hygiene
    • Access to Humanities
    • Social Sciences
    • Choose Health
  • Care, Science & Sport
    • Early Educations & Childcare
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Emergency First Aid
    • First Aid at work
    • Hairdressing
    • Applied Science
    • Health & Biological Science
    • Flexible Maths
    • Flexible Physics
  • Creative Industries
    • Applied Arts
    • English
    • Design and Craft
    • Pattern Drafting/Development
    • Practical Journalism
    • Television, Photography & Film
  • Technology & Business
    • Administration & Information Technology
    • Technology for Administrators
    • Administration
    • Music Technology

(This is not a complete list of the courses available at Cardonald College. Some of these courses may only be part-time.)

Chartered insurance institution[edit]

Cardonald College became the first Scottish higher education facility to become accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute for its financial planning course. [5]

HMIE Inspection[edit]

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education is a government organisation in charge of checking the quility of education proved at a learning facility.

The most recent HMIE inspection took place on week beginning 10 March 2008.[6]

HMIE found that Cardonald College had effective learning and teaching processes. Also that it was helping students progress, achieving suitable outcomes and that the college is managing well and increasing the quality of its services for its students


Cardonald College's website won gold at the 2009 Scotland’s Colleges Marketing Awards. [7]

The website was designed and created by tictoc. It was created to be full integrated with internal databases which allow students to apply for courses online.

The website success has now meant that around 80% of the colleges application take place online.


On 17 November 2011 Cardonald College announced it had entered merger talks with Anniesland College[1] and on 28 March 2012 it was announced by Cardonald College principal, Susan Walsh, that a merger with Cardonald College, Anniesland College and Langside College was "highly likely."[2]

On 30 July 2012 the colleges agreed to push ahead with merger plans and named The Guardian reporter and Cardonald College journalism lecturer, Kirsty Scott, the Merger Communications Manager.[3]

On 28 August 2012 a formal consultation was launched and ran until 16 November 2012.[4]

On 14 December 2012 Cardonald College principal Susan Walsh was appointed principal of the new college.[5]

On 1 August 2013, Cardonald College, along with Anniesland College and Langside College, were absorbed to form Glasgow Clyde College. As a result of the merger, Cardonald College became Glasgow Clyde College Cardonald Campus.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Exclusive: Cardonald College opens merger talks with Anniesland College « The Cardonald Courier". 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Langside College enters Cardonald merger talks as principal names the date « The Cardonald Courier". 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  3. ^ "More Glasgow colleges merge". Local News Glasgow. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  4. ^ Victoria Weldon (2012-08-28). "Views on colleges merger wanted". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  5. ^ Blane, Douglas (14 December 2012). "Principal appointed for new super college". The Cardonald Courier. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  1. The Drum (2009).
  2. Glasgow Architecture (2004).
  3. The Robertsone Trust (2007).
  4. Post Online (2008).
  5. The Glasgow Story (2004).
  6. HMIE (2008).
  7. Tic Toc (2009).

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