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Education Service

The overall aim of our Education Service is to widen access to education and support learners to exit homelessness as part of their employability, recovery, and rehabilitation pathway. The program supports learners who are apprehensive about entering education or those who have additional support needs to undertake an accredited or non accredited course as a stepping stone into our college programmes.


This is the only Community Education Curriculum in Glasgow specifically designed to widen access to mainstream education for homeless people and those at-risk.

We take care of enrolment and allocation, whether this be for teaching at The Marie Trust premises in Albion Street or at a college campus. This reduces the barriers to access for our learners.

Enrolling in college programmes gives learners an opportunity to re-establish themselves in an environment where they are treated in the same way as any other student in the college, without any discrimination. For many students, this is a new start, which allows them to progress into further education and move towards employment or volunteering.

Learners at work in an art class.

Learners at work in an art class.

Our education partners

We have partnerships with the City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow Kelvin College and the University of Glasgow. Our learners are enrolled as students and undertake a wide range of SCQF level 4 - 6 units or uncredited courses in a variety of subjects.  On average we deliver 6 accredited courses each year with our partners. Our courses are delivered on both college campuses and in our education suite in Albion Street. This offers learners a choice of environments depending on where they are on their educational journey.

With our partners we work with learners to build confidence and self esteem and remove a number of the barriers that exist when thinking of returning to learning.

Current courses

We are currently offering courses in the following subjects:

  • Life Skills (Uncredited)
  • Scottish Textiles (SCQF Level 4)
  • Photography/Working with Others (SCQF Level 4)
  • IT (SCQF Level 4)
  • Photographing Places (SCQF Level 4)
  • Preparing to Volunteer (SCQF Level 4)
  • Social Studies (Uncredited)
  • Crime in Society (SCQF Level 6)

Currently we have places on the following courses:

Life Skills (Monday 10-12pm, Albion Street)

Money Management and Budgeting (Tuesday 10-12pm, City of Glasgow College)

Scots Law (Friday 2-4.30pm, Albion Street) *From 19 January 2024

Non-Precious Jewellery Design (Thursday 9.30-12.30pm, City of Glasgow College) * From 29 January 2024

Contact: Adam McIlwaine (

“I have got significantly better with my mental health and have found confidence in myself.”

SCQF 5 Contemporary Art Practice Student , Marie Trust