7 October 2022

Fife College has increased the number of degree course pathways to over 450, an increase of more than 50% on last year.

The increase in routes, to a record level for the College, offers more opportunities than ever before for local students to start their degree journey closer to home.

The expansion of pathways comes as the College opened applications for all Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) and Degree courses starting in August 2023.

The routes are detailed in the College’s Higher Education and Degree Pathways Guide: 2023/24, published earlier this week.

The guide maps the 450-plus formally agreed routes from HNC and HND qualifications to degree courses with the College’s 15 partner universities throughout the UK.

Every one of the College’s academic areas offers at least one articulation route for each HND course to go straight into the third year of a degree course. There are also pathways open to students completing HNCs that can give entry to year two of a degree course.

On top of the pathways, partnership working with Abertay University, Queen Margaret University, and the Open University, allows the College to offer students the option to study their entire university degree on college campuses, some with honours options.

The degrees are delivered at the Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy campuses in subject areas such as Business, Accounting, Enterprise, Social Sciences, Childhood Practice and Creative Enterprise.

Starting a degree at a local college is becoming an increasingly attractive option for students, particularly due to the ongoing cost of living crisis. With ever-increasing travel and accommodation expenses making studying elsewhere expensive, studying for a degree at a local college offers a cheaper alternative for many.

At Fife College, opportunities to apply for funding to help with course fees and other living costs, as well as a generous range of scholarship options, offered through the Adam Smith Scholarships scheme, are also available to help keep costs down for students.

Iain Hawker, Vice Principal at Fife College, said:

“For school leavers, adult returners to education or those simply looking to boost their career options, studying at your local college is not just more affordable, it also offers an opportunity to take a stepping stone approach to a degree journey.

“Rather than committing to a three or four-year course, here at Fife College, we offer the flexibility to take things one year at a time, keeping options open while still gaining a recognised qualification for each year of study.

“The college offers further flexibility with our various study options allowing students to combine studies with work or family life, including part-time study, online and distance learning, and even evening and weekend options.

“With fantastic facilities, greater affordability and flexibility, more and more students are already discovering why college is the perfect place to start their journey towards a university degree qualification.”

More information about higher education and degree study options available at Fife College can be found here.