Beginning your degree at college can be cheaper and more convenient than going straight to uni.
It can also give you more flexibility, while still being the best possible preparation for moving to uni.
If you want to continue studying but are concerned about time, costs, choosing the wrong discipline, or committing to four years of continuous study, why not keep it local and start your studies at college?
Attending Fife College is the ideal starting point, whether you choose to complete your full degree now or later on.
Studying locally at Fife College will be cheaper and more convenient than travelling or moving to university, and you’ll be familiar with the college set up even if you change campus.
Studying at college means that you don’t have to commit to four years of continuous study, but can if you decide to later. You can take it a year at a time and see how you get on but still have the opportunity to gain the same degree, from the same universities as your peers who went straight to university.
Not only will your study, living, and travel costs be lower studying at Fife College but, if you’re planning to study part-time, you may also be eligible for a part-time fee grant towards the cost of your tuition fees.
Studying at Fife College is the very best preparation for moving on to a degree at university
An HNC is the same level as the first year of a university degree, and an HND is the same level as the second year. This means that you could progress straight to second or third year at university when you’ve completed your college course.
Unlike going straight to uni, studying an HNC and/or HND at college means that you finish each year with a recognised qualification, with each year contributing towards your chosen degree. 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 you need to go for it already in the bag.
College study can help to prepare you for university study, with the added benefit that class sizes at college tend to be smaller and provide a bit more personal support.
A full-time course at college includes about 18 hours of class contact time, allowing you to study on your own and develop independent study skills. Some courses also give you the opportunity to do a placement as a part of the qualification.