Thinking of studying for a degree? Think Fife College!

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If you want to study for a degree, coming to college can be the ideal starting point. It allows you to enter at a level that you feel comfortable at and progress one step at a time, gaining recognised qualifications along the way. It can also help you develop independent study and research skills in a supportive environment that will equip you to progress to university when you are ready.

Fife College offers defined articulation routes to degree programmes in partnership with a wide range of universities. By working in partnership with these universities, we make sure that the content of our courses and our delivery are relevant and make articulation possible.

Choosing the college route to a degree qualification means that by successfully completing your Higher National (HN) course (either HNC or HND), you receive a recognised qualification, with each year contributing towards your chosen degree - subject to appropriate passes in the graded units at HN level. This means there is no need to repeat a year or re-learn the same things – an important point to bear in mind when considering the funding available for Higher Education study.

Universities endorse the college route and readily welcome students with appropriate qualifications from college. Some of our agreements with universities even guarantee a number of our students a place on degree courses at university.

Studying for your HNC/D at college gives you more options than going straight to university. If a job opportunity comes along that is too good to pass up, you will have the qualifications to pursue it. College offers manageable chunks of study and also provides flexibility in the event that your circumstances change, giving you the opportunity to continue with your degree on a parttime basis if that is what you decide to do.

We also offer a range of franchise degrees. These degrees are delivered entirely at Fife College, in partnership with our partner universities. See our Franchise Degrees section for more information. 

Which Universities are working with Fife College?

Fife College has articulation agreements in place with the following universities:

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of Sunderland
  • The Open University

Fife College is also working towards agreements with:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Abertay University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • University of Stirling
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of the West of Scotland


By working with these partner universities, we continue to develop further articulation opportunities to ensure our offering continues to be relevant to our students.

Articulation Routes

An articulation route is a pathway between an HNC or an HND and a degree programme, agreed between the College and a university and is reviewed annually. This means that the university and the College have worked in partnership to make sure the content of your HN course matches the content of the first year (or first two years) of your chosen degree in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Studying at college can be the perfect bridge between school and university. It provides a similar level of study to university and allows you to experience smaller class groups and to develop independent study and research skills in a supportive setting.

To take advantage of an articulation agreement you need to ensure that the HN course you choose progresses to the degree course that you ultimately want to study, as in most cases only certain HN courses offer articulation to specific degree programmes. This information can be made available to you when you apply for your college course.

Franchise Degrees

Franchise degrees allow you to study for your full degree at Fife College without having to change institution, giving you the chance to study locally and keep living, study and travel costs to a minimum.

Although you complete all four years of your degree at Fife College, your degree is still awarded by the affiliated university and you may be able to attend university lectures and open days as an Associate Student.

Becoming an Associate Student means that you could potentially attend some university events and lectures, have access to university library facilities and the chance to experience a university culture whilst studying at college. In addition, summer school and work experience or placements may be available. There are slight differences in the schemes offered by universities - you will be given information about these differences at the beginning of your HN
course and you can sign up where applicable.

The following franchise degree opportunities are currently available at Fife College, in partnership with Abertay University:

BA Accounting with Finance

BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance

BA Business Administration

BA (Hons) Business Administration

BA Learning Difficulties/Disabilities

BA Visual Communication and Digital Publishing

BSc Applied Networking and Security Technologies

BSc Web Design and Development

For a comprehensive, up-to-date calendar of university open days, visit the Open Days website.

Building on your HN with The Open University (OU)

Fife College is working with The Open University in Scotland (OU) to create flexible opportunities for students who wish to progress from their Higher National study to a part-time degree. 

The OU’s BA or BSc (Open) degree allows students to choose from a wide range of OU modules tailored to their personal and vocational needs. This allows students to either build on the subject areas studied in college or provides the flexibility to develop skills and knowledge in other subject areas. 

Students with an HND can transfer up to 240 credits towards the OU’s 360 credit BA or BSc (Open) with Honours. Similarly, a student with an HNC can normally transfer between 90 and 120 credits towards the 300 credit BA or BSc (Open) or the 360 credit BA/BSc (Open) with Honours. Honours degrees in named subjects are also available and further information on credit transfer is available on request. 

Find out more information about OU study at www.openuniversity.co.uk/collegeroutes

The OU Credit Transfer information leaflet and HN to Degree College Route leaflet​ are great sources of more information.

The OU's information events are a great way to find out about continuing your studies with them.