Articulation

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Articulation is defined as a student gaining entry into second year of a degree with a Higher National Certificate (HNC) gained at college, or into third year with a Higher National Diploma (HND) gained at college.

The university supports the Scottish Funding Council's goal for articulation to be an active and valid route to university study, with our partnership ideally placed to support the learner at every stage of their journey.

We do this in 2 ways :

  1. Allowing entry into 2nd or 3rd year for HNC/Ds (and we offer a range of those HNC and HND courses)
  2. Developing more formal articulation agreements for specific colleges / courses
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Allowing entry into 2nd or 3rd year for HNC/Ds

Allowing entry into 2nd or 3rd year for HNC/Ds

We encourage applications from students with non-traditional qualifications, including those coming direct from college with an HNC/D. If you have studied such a qualification at any UK college (including our partner colleges), please get in touch to find out what options may be available to you. In many cases your HNC could gain you direct entry to year 2 of a degree; while an HND could help you gain entry to year 3.

How do I use an HN qualification for entry to a degree?

When applying you may make use of our Recognition of Prior Learning process to apply based on your HN qualification for entry to year 2 or 3 of one of our degrees. Simply complete your application form stating the year of entry you are requesting. We can usually offer year 2 entry for an HNC, or year 3 entry for an HND if your HN qualification and your new degree course are in similar subject areas. Your programme leader will get in touch for evidence of previous learning, usually a certificate and transcript.

A number of HN qualifications have already been assessed for entry to degree courses.

Restrictions and other options

Entry to year 2 of our degrees requires an HNC with 120 credits. Please note if you have a 96 credit HNC then you may still be able to articulate to year 2 by taking bridging units/RPL (assessment of other formal or informal learning you may have completed). Entry to year 3 requires an HND with 240 credits.

Additionally some HNC/D courses require bridging study to ensure you have certain specialist content. Your programme leader will advise you when you apply.

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Developing more formal articulation agreements for specific colleges / courses

Developing more formal articulation agreements for specific colleges / courses

If your college and course are listed below, this means we have a formal arrangement in place recognising your current HNC/D study as applicable to move into the specified degree(s).