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Progression Routes

College can be a route to university. Some people go to college to sit the extra Highers they need to apply to university. For others though, completing a college qualification allows them to move straight into the second or third year of a university degree.

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What is 'articulation'?

Some universities will let you start in the second or third year of a degree course if you have completed an HNC or HND in a related subject at college first. This is called 'articulation'.

Because full-time HNC courses take one year and HND courses take two, you can see the advantage - you might be able to complete a university degree no more than one year later than you would have done if you'd entered university straight from school.

 

What are the benefits?

Taking this route brings several benefits:

You can still end up with a university degree even if you don't quite have the grades required to enter university straight from school. The entry requirements for HNCs and HNDs are considerably lower than those for university degrees.


Jumping ahead into the second or third year of a degree means:

  • you don't need to start from scratch with a subject you've already learned a lot about at college.
  • you don't need to worry about funding four years of university on top of 1-2 years at college. See our advice on Student Finance.

College helps bridge the gap between school and university level. A lot of people who went to college before uni will tell you that they felt better prepared for studying at a higher level.


 

Research your options

So, if you don't have the grades required to enter university yet but you would like to gain a degree, you should research which college courses will allow you to progress on to university afterwards.

In the west of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have specific arrangements in place to let college graduates enter their courses. However, several other universities throughout Scotland offer advanced entry in some cases so check out college and university websites for details.

To get you started, we've put together some examples of the progression routes you can take to university from some of the most popular college courses in Scotland. Have a look below and find out the 'articulation' options that could be open to you:

College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Accounting

Entry to -
  • 3rd Year of Accounting at Glasgow Caledonian, UWS, Stirling and Edinburgh Napier
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Acting and Performance

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of Performance at UWS
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Applied Sciences

Entry to -
  • 2nd year of Applied Psychology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biomedical Science or Pharmacology at Glasgow Caledonian
  • 3rd year of Biomedical Science at UWS
  • 2nd year of Forensic Science or Chemistry at UWS
  • 3rd year of Biomedical Science, Biological Science, Microbiology or Environmental Biology at Edinburgh Napier
  • 2nd year of Biology (and related subjects), Ecology, Environmental Science, or Sport and Exercise Science at Stirling University
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Business

HND Marketing

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of Business or Marketing degrees at Glasgow Caledonian, UWS, Stirling and others
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Civil Engineering

Entry to -
  • 2nd or 3rd year of Civil Engineering at UWS and Edinburgh Napier
  • 2nd year of Environmental Civil Engineering or Fire Risk Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Coaching and Developing Sport

Entry to -
  • 2nd year of Sports Coaching or Sports Development at UWS
  • 2nd year of Sports Studies at Stirling
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Computer Art and Design

Entry to -
  • 2nd year of some design courses at Glasgow School of Art
  • 3rd year of Computer Games, Computer Animation, and others at Glasgow Caledonian and UWS
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Computing

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of Computing degrees at Glasgow Caledonian and UWS
  • 2nd or 3rd year of Computing degrees at Stirling and Edinburgh Napier
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Electrical Engineering

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of Electrical Engineering or Computer and Electronic Systems Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian
  • 3rd year of Electrical Engineering or Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Edinburgh Napier
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Graphic Design

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of Graphic Design or Digital Art at Glasgow Caledonian and UWS
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Hospitality Management

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of International Business and Hospitality Management (or Tourist Management) at Glasgow Caledonian
  • 3rd year of Hospitality Management (and related courses) at Edinburgh Napier
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Legal Services

Entry to -
  • 2nd year of Law (LLB) at Glasgow Caledonian
  • 3rd year of Law and Business at UWS
  • 1st year of Law (LLB) at other universities (if combined with sufficient grades and experience)
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Mechanical Engineering

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of Mechanical Engineering (and related degrees) at Glasgow Caledonian, UWS and Edinburgh Napier
  • 2nd year of Product Design Engineering at Strathclyde
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Media and Communication

Entry to -
  • 2nd year of Journalism degree at UWS and Strathclyde
  • 3rd year of Broadcast Production or Filmmaking & Screen-writing at UWS
  • 3rd year of Communication and Media at Glasgow Caledonian, Queen Margaret and Edinburgh Napier
  • 2nd year of Film and Media Studies or Journalism Studies at Stirling
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HNC Social Care

Entry to -
  • 2nd year of Social Work at Glasgow Caledonian and Stirling
  • 2nd year of Integrated Public Services at UWS
  • 1st year of Social Work at Strathclyde (or 2nd year with work experience)
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Social Sciences

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of Social Sciences or Applied Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian
  • 3rd year of Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Politics, Sociology or Social Policy at UWS
  • 3rd year of Criminology or Sociology at Stirling
  • 2nd year of History, Politics or Psychology at Stirling
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Sound Production or Music Technology

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of Commercial Sound Production or Music Technology at UWS
  • 3rd year of Audio Technology at Glasgow Caledonian
College Qualification(s) University Degree

HND Travel and Tourism

Entry to -
  • 3rd year of Tourism Management at Glasgow Caledonian and UWS

Progression Routes

- Glasgow and the west

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and University of the West of Scotland (UWS) accept many HNC and HND graduates into degree courses.

  • Read the course entry requirements for GCU and UWS to find out which courses accept college graduates into Year 2 and 3.

The Open University will also allow you to transfer 'credits' from your HNC/D towards a part-time degree in a related subject. For more info, visit OU College Routes.

Progression Routes

- Edinburgh and Stirling

The University of Stirling, Edinburgh Napier, and other universities in the east of Scotland are happy to accept college graduates into some degree courses.

  • Use Stirling University's Articulation Search to match college courses with their degrees.
  • Use the Routefinder to match college courses with degrees at other universities in Edinburgh and the east.

The Open University will also allow you to transfer 'credits' from your HNC/D towards a part-time degree in a related subject. For more info, visit OU College Routes.