Course Levels

From Introductory to Higher courses, with Pathways to HNCs, HNDs and Degrees

Campus Locations

Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Levenmouth and Kirkcaldy

Study Options


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Start studying in August 2023

Why Choose Access to Qualifications, Further Study and Higher Education?

Whether you need additional qualifications to fulfil your dream of studying at degree level, or to get that job you have always wanted – we have the right course for you! And it is never too late to return to studying!

At Fife College we offer National 5s, Highers and Pathway courses which are designed to enable you to progress onto HNC, HND or degree level study. You can study full-time or part-time to help fit studying around your life. 

We also offer Start Here for Qualifications courses that can help you get ready for these Pathway courses, if you have no qualifications (or very few) and are interested in developing your skills in academic study.


Our Access Courses

We offer the following:

· Certificate: Start Here for Qualifications

· Intermediate Certificate: Pathway to HNC/D and Degree

· Advanced Certificate: Pathway to HNC/D and Degree

· Higher: English


What kind of job could I do?

· Our courses are widely respected among employers and they provide an excellent route into higher-level study

· You may be able to apply for jobs where a good basic education is required

Progress to a Degree

Did you know that an HNC or HND qualification is the equivalent of first year (HNC) or second year (HND) of a degree at university? So depending on the subject studied, successfully completing an HNC or HND at Fife College could mean that you have the opportunity to progress on to Year 2 or 3 of a related degree course at university. Completing an Access to Qualification course can give you the qualifications you need to apply for HNC/HND study. With successful completion of an HNC or HND, we offer articulation routes to years 2 or 3 of a related degree at the following universities:

Abertay University

University of Aberdeen

Heriot Watt University

Queen Margaret University

Edinburgh Napier University

Robert Gordon University

University of West Scotland

University of Highlands and Isles

University of St Andrews

What Happens after I Apply?

There are four possible outcomes from your interview:

 Unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.

 Conditional offer: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements.


 Waiting list: you have met all entry requirements; however, the course is full.
       If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date.

 Unsuccessful: speak to our Guidance Team.
       They may be able to help you find another suitable course.

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Hear from Jake on how his course in Pathway to HNC/D and Degree -  Advanced Certificate helped him towards his studies in MA Scottish Ethnology.

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Thinking About a Degree?

Watch a quick video on Degree options at Fife College.


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