University – courses to get you on track

How to get to University

When thinking about going to university the thought of having the correct entry qualifications can feel daunting and unattainable. At Edinburgh College there are many routes that you can follow in order to reach your goal of studying at university. It also provides you with a platform to discover if the course or direction you are intending to head is indeed the correct one for yourself. College only has a minimum commitment of one year whereas when at university you have to complete a term of at least three years. In the space of the one year you will gain a qualification and be provided with further options to advance further with the same subject or swap for another one.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)/Higher National Diploma (HND)

These courses are great foundation qualifications for entering your chosen university course. These normally allow you to study the same content and units you would be studying at university in year 1 /2. Once you have successfully completed one of these courses these may allow you to enter into your chosen university course at year 2 or year 3.

Associate Degree Courses

These courses are studied at college for two years before allowing entry onto the associated university. An example of this is BEng in Mechanical Engineering (incorporating Mechanical Engineering HNC), this can allow you entry into year 3 or 4 at Heriot-Watt University or Edinburgh Napier University after completing two years at Edinburgh College. In those two years you will attain a HNC and HND in Mechanical Engineering.

Edinburgh College has a wide range of these courses which span across the whole curriculum.

Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP)

SWAP courses are designed for students who have been out of education for more than three years and will provide you with skills to prepare for university study.

Browse our SWAP courses here.

Open Learning

Open Learning courses provide flexibility for you to study in your own time and at your own pace, from home or at one of our campuses, using our Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle.

Browse our Open Learning courses here.