(l to r): Ashley Shepherd, Head of Health Sciences at University of Stirling, Iain Hawker, Assistant Principal, Quality and Academic Partnerships at Fife College and Shona Barrie, Director of Admissions and Access at University of Stirling are pictured at the University of Stirling. 

A new agreement between Fife College and the University of Stirling will allow students to be fast-tracked onto a nursing degree programme.

Fife College students on the HNC Care & Administrative Practice course now have the opportunity to enter into year two of the University’s nursing degree programmes in Adult or Mental Health Nursing.

It follows the signing of an overarching memorandum of understanding – a long-term partnership that will lead to further collaborations, across a range of subject areas, between the two institutions – with the aim of promoting excellence in higher education.

It is the first agreement to allow Fife College students, who are not currently working in the NHS, to advance into the second year of a university nursing course. This approach prevents students from duplicating learning and allows nurses to qualify a year earlier.

Iain Hawker, Assistant Principal: Quality and Academic Partnerships at Fife College, said: “We are delighted to sign this memorandum of understanding with the University of Stirling.  We very much value our partnership with the University and are pleased to formally recognise our links with the signing of this memorandum.

“The agreement for College students to articulate on to do the nursing degree at Stirling is also another exciting step forward for our degree links programme, enhancing our range of degrees and recognised pathways on offer. We look forward to working with staff at Stirling to further progress our partnership to benefit students.”

Shona Barrie, Director of Admissions and Access, University of Stirling said: “We are delighted that students on the HNC in Care and Administrative Practice can now articulate directly into year two of our Nursing degrees. Students coming through this articulation route will be able to complete their nursing degree in two years, rather than three.” 

This new opportunity will be available to students that meet all admissions criteria, including the requirement that they have achieved the necessary number of work placement hours.

For more information about courses available at Fife College visit our course pages or call the Fife College hotline on 0334 248 0115.

For more information on the University of Stirling, visit the University of Stirling website.