Course Overview


Digital skills can help you land a well-paid career with long-term security. But accessing the training you need to get started is often costly. That’s why the Digital Start Fund has been created, to help people on lower incomes gain skills in software development and cyber security.

West College Scotland’s ‘Codeworks’ project will equip people from Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire with skills in coding that local software development firms have identified as a skills gap.

Learners will gain a level seven Professional Development Award over the course of two academic blocks. This offers a realistic pathway through which learners can quickly attain the skill level required to gain accreditation at SCQF 7, with flexible entry requirements.

The course will cover the following units:

  • Software Development: Analysis & Design (SCQF level 7)
  • Software Development: Implementation & Testing (SCQF level 7)              
  • Software Development: Project (SCQF level 7)   

Course Duration & Frequency

The course will be held at the Paisley campus of West College Scotland from week beginning  November 2019 to May 2020. 

It will run all day Monday and all day Wednesday with some half day Friday sessions in the latter half of the program.




In order to be eligible you will need to:

  1. Receive Universal Credit (or other income-based benefits)


  1. Face TWO or more barriers to work.

Some examples of barriers to work are if you:  are an  Army Veteran, have a disability, live in an area with a high unemployment rate, are aged 54 or older or are homeless. For further information about recognised barriers to work visit here.

Please note that recent graduates (within the last 12 months) aren’t eligible to apply.

Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be sent a link to an Online Skills Test. This is simple test to gauge your suitability for the course. It should only take 20 minutes to complete – it’s nothing to worry about and if you don’t have IT access at home we can arrange for you to come into the College campus.


If you’d like to apply for this course or require further information please contact Gilly Cassidy on 0141 581 2220 or via email HERE

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