Qualifications explained


Our courses are highly flexible and are designed to meet the needs of our students at all levels of learning.

We offer a full range of further education (SCQF level 1 to 6) and higher education (SCQF level 6 to 12) programmes, from access level through to HNC/HND and degree, to postgraduate study and beyond.

We also offer range of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes to help you get ahead in your career, as well as work-based programmes for people in employment e.g. our SVQ and Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework will help you understand and compare the level of learning on the various qualifications we offer.

By studying at both a college and university, we offer the flexibility of annual entry and exit points so you can find your own unique learner journey and fit study around your other commitments.

This means you can leave with a nationally recognised qualification when the time is right for you. It also means you can enter the second or third year of a degree programme if you have evidence of prior learning.

For example, many of our students study at HNC level (the equivalent of the first year of a degree) and then enter the second year of a degree programme. You can also study up to HND level (the equivalent of the second year of a degree) and then enter the third year of a degree programme.

By providing a full range of programmes, we also offer seamless pathways between different levels of programmes and remove barriers, meaning you can start on an access programme and progress right through to degree or beyond.

Our students also have the option to study full-time, part-time or online for many of our courses.

We're also pioneers in the delivery of blended learning - where students study via a combination of video conferencing, inventive online technologies, real time support from lecturers and face to face teaching - meaning we're well placed to help our students suceed now and in the future.