Advice for Students


Induction 

Your induction is your welcome to West College Scotland. There are two types of induction: College Induction and Course Induction

Your College induction is available through this link.

You may have already received an email with the link as normally we send this to your personal email address after you have enrolled student but before your study commences.  Your College Induction includes:

  • Welcome messages from the Principal and the President of the Students’ Association 
  • Our campuses, things you need to know and keeping safe;
  • College calendar;
  • Services and Systems for students;
  • Key contacts;
  • FAQs;
  • Staying connected throughout your journey with us and beyond  

Your Course Induction is personalised to your course and usually presented by your Course Leader or Lecturer. Some of the areas covered as part of your Course Induction may include:

  • Your timetable;
  • Course structure: subjects, how its assessed, placements, etc;
  • Guidance and support;
  • Any personal protective equipment (PPE) or uniform requirements

Student Advisory Services

If you are unsure who to ask, ask one of our Student Advisors. They can also provide:

  • Advice about courses, funding, childcare, accommodation and council tax discount/exemption;
  • Advice about accessing services such as enabling services, counselling and wellbeing;
  • Advice about services to support students who have unpaid caring responsibilities, or have experience of living in care at any time in their life (care-experienced), or estranged from their family, or an armed forces veteran; 
  • Advice on how to access college systems such as MyDay, Moodle, Microsoft Teams, Email and Office 365; 
  • Help to reset your password;
  • Appointments with a Careers Advisor from Skills Development Scotland and access to My World of Work (MWOW);
  • Advice of applying for funding and financial support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) or the Student Loans Company (SLC); 
  • Advice on applying to university through UCAS; 
  • Access to ‘I Am Me‘ (Keep Safe Scotland) safe place;
  • Signposting to other services (internally and externally)

Email: info@wcs.ac.uk


Careers Advice and My World of Work

Careers Advisors from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are available to provide:

  • One-to-one career information, advice and guidance;
  • Support with accessing and using the My World of Work (MWOW) tool;
  • Advice on identifying your strengths, interests, skills and building confidence;
  • Advice on writing your CV, preparing for an interview, coaching, mentoring and getting ready to enter the world of work;
  • Advice on employment options, career paths, prospects and an insight what employers are looking for within your subject interest.

Careers Advisor for Clydebank campus:

Nicola McCormack, Careers Advisor

Email: nicola.mccormack@sds.co.uk

Telephone: 0141 468 7636


Careers Advisor for Greenock Campuses:

Heather Forsyth, Careers Advisor

Email: heather.forsyth@sds.co.uk 

Telephone: 01475 333 033


Careers Advisor for Paisley and Renfrewshire campuses:

Glenda Nutly, Careers Advisor

Email: glenda.nutly@sds.ac.uk

Telephone: 0141 849 0942


Student Support Services

A wide range of services are available to support you, these include:

  • Enabling Services
  • Essential Skills
  • Careers Advice
  • Wellbeing and Counselling Services
  • Support for students with lived experience of being in care (care experienced)
  • Support for students who have unpaid caring responsibilities
  • Support for students who are estranged from their family
  • Support for students who are Armed Forces Veterans

To find out more, tap on the ‘Support Services‘ Tile in MyDay or click here.


Hate Crime Reporting

West College Scotland is a third party reporting centre for Hate Crime.

A Hate Crime is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property that is motivated by a person’s hatred of someone because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

Email: info@wcs.ac.uk or studentservices@wcs.ac.uk 


First Aid and AED (Defibrillator)

If you come across an incident requiring first aid, please report this immediately to a member of staff . In the event you are unable to locate a staff member, contact the campus reception desk who will send a first aider to the scene.

Clydebank campus reception desk
0141 951 7400  (8.45am – 4.40pm)

Greenock campus reception desk
01475 724433 (8.50am – 4.45pm)

Paisley campus reception desk
0141 581 2222 (8.30am – 4.25pm)

A defibrillator (AED) is located at our reception desks in Clydebank, Greenock, Greenock Waterfront and Paisley campuses.

If you have called for an emergency ambulance, if possible, let reception know that it is on the way and the location of the incident.