College & Alternative Routes to a Degree

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College & Alternative Routes to a Degree

Applying to College and Alternative Routes to a Degree

There are a range of options at college which can lead to higher education college qualifications, or on to university.

  • An HNC is a one-year college course, after which you may apply to first year at university, and in some cases you may be able to apply to second year.
  • An HND is a two-year college course, after which you may apply to first year or second year at university, and in some cases you may be able to apply to third year.
  • There are some associate degree courses available at colleges, which means that you can be enrolled at both college and university at the same time, and be guaranteed a place at university if you pass your college course.
  • There are also some degree courses available at colleges.

You might remember we talked about this when we visited you in school in S5?

You can apply to college at the same time as you apply to UCAS by applying through the relevant college website. This does not use up any of your UCAS choices.

Find out more about articulation here.

If you're interested in pathways between colleges and universities in the regions of Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Fife, Falkirk, West Lothian, City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, and the Scottish Borders, check out this pathways website. (Remember, this website doesn't cover all of Scotland yet so take your time to research other areas too.)

Search on college and university websites to find out more, and be sure to check what arrangements are in place between colleges and universities before deciding on a course and potential pathway.