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Articulation Routes

College to University

Attending college before starting university can help build your confidence and it may be practically and financially beneficial for you to study closer to home. 

The college to university route offers an alternative onto degree courses at university. Increasingly, Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Higher National Diplomas (HND) can enable students to progress into year two or three of a university degree. 

The College even offers some degree level options. For example, Edinburgh Napier University’s BA Business Management is taught at West Lothian College. Students can gain direct entry into year 3 of this degree by completing our HND Business course. 

Lorna Jenkins, Student Support Officer, can help you with specific questions. Telephone 01506 427610 or email ljenkins@west-lothian.ac.uk  for more information. 

How to apply to University - Download your UCAS Student Guide 

West Lothian College has excellent articulation agreements in place with many universities. The table below provides an example of some of these agreements:

 

College Course

University

Degree

 

HNC Civil Engineering

Edinburgh Napier University

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

BSc (Hons) Civil and Timber Engineering

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

BEng Civil and Transportation Engineering

Year 2

HNC Mechanical Engineering

Edinburgh Napier University

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons) Engineering with Management

BEng (Hons) Energy & Environment Engineering

Year 2

HNC Engineering Systems

Edinburgh Napier University

BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering

BEng (Hons) Electronic & Electrical Engineering

BEng (Hons) Energy & Environmental Engineering

BEng Engineering with Management

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons) Mechatronics

Year 2

HND Engineering Systems (Incorporating HNC Mechanical Engineering)

Edinburgh Napier University

BEng (Hons) Energy & Environmental Engineering

BEng Engineering with Management

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

 

Year 3

HNC Construction Management

Edinburgh Napier University

BSc (Hons) Construction & Project Management

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Year 2

HND Computing

Edinburgh Napier University

BSc (Hons) Computer Systems & Networks

Year 2/3

HNC Information Technology

Edinburgh Napier University

BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems

Year 3

HNC Interactive Media

Edinburgh Napier University

BSc (Hons) Interactive Media Design

Year 2

HND Business

Herriot Watt University

BA (Hons) Business Management

Year 3

HND Business

Edinburgh Napier University

BA (Hons) Business Management *

BA (Hons) Marketing Management

BA (Hons) Financial Services Management

BA (Hons) Economics Management

Year 3

HNC Advertising and PR

Queen Margaret University

BA (Hons) Film and Media

BA (Hons) Media

BA (Hons) PR and Media

BA (Hons) PR and Marketing

Year 2

HNC Events

Queen Margaret University

BA (Hons) Event Management

Year 2

HNC Events

Edinburgh Napier University

BA (Hons) Festival & Events Management

Year 2

HNC/D Fitness, Health & Exercise and HND Applied Sport Science

Edinburgh Napier University

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Year 2/3

Access to Nursing

Edinburgh Napier University

3 yr Pre-registration Nursing Programme (BN)

Year 1

HNC Electrical Engineering

Forth Valley College

HND Electrical Engineering

 

HNC Hospitality

Forth Valley College

HND Hospitality Management

 

HNC Contemporary Art

Degree Course

HND Contemporary Art Practice

 

HNC, HND, PDAs

The Open University

BA or BSc Open Degree

 

 * Taught at West Lothian College

The Open University

Looking for a part-time route to a degree after college?

From October 2013, the College is working with The Open University in Scotland to offer you a part-time route to a degree with continued access to all the college study, IT and library facilities. In addition, you will become part of the largest University in the UK, well known for its quality learning experience, without having to commit to a full-time course or attend a campus University.

Download: HN Progression Guide to The Open University

Download: Suggested Study Routes at the The Open University

Job or study? Why not have both?

With The Open University's flexible study and parttime degrees, you don't have to choose between a qualification and your job or family commitments. Every year The Open University helps thousands of college students turn their existing HNC or HND into full degrees.

Why choose The Open University?

·         The OU is the largest provider of part-time higher education in Scotland - and thanks to student votes has also been ranked top for student satisfaction in Scotland since the National Student Survey began in 2005.

·         Quality learning that fits around you - you study at a time and place that suits you, whether at home, at work, at college or on the move.

·         Great value learning - the tuition fee covers all your learning materials, tutor support, support for study and fee advice, a world-class library, online resources and you will have the chance to get together with other students at face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, forums or by email.

What is study with The Open University like?

Using innovative teaching methods and study materials that bring learning to life, you will learn at a time and place that suits you through course books, online resources, DVDs, face-to-face and online tutorials.

Progress in your study will be measured by assessed assignments that you submit throughout the module and by written exams or project work. Your tutor will give feedback on your work and guide you through anything you find difficult.

What can I study?

Because you already have valuable experience of higher education through your HNC or HND you can start to study an OU module at Level 2 or Level 3 (SCQF 8 or above). Most modules at this level assume that you already have knowledge from previous study and that you have appropriate study skills.

Working towards an Open degree, with or without Honours, offers the most flexibility in what you study and you can choose from around 500 different modules. For example routes to an Open degree visit:

http://www.open.ac.uk/choose/collegeroutes/building-your-hn/college-degree

What is the commitment?

One credit represents about 10 hours of study. Typically a 60 credit module will require 16-18 hours of study per week for the duration of the module. Students usually study 60 credits per year.

How much will study with The Open University cost?

There's never been a better time to start studying part-time in Scotland. For study commencing in academic year 2015/2016 tuition fees start at approx. £755 for a 60-credit module. If your individual income or replacement living cost benefit is £25000 a year or less and you study at least 30 credits per year, you can apply for a part-time fee grant to cover your fees. If you are not eligible for the part-time fee grant there are a range of other ways to pay - please ask!

When and how do I claim credit-transfer?

Unless you want to register on a degree straight away, you don't have to claim credit transfer before you start. In fact, many students register on a standalone module first and then when you are sure about your degree, you can claim your credit-transfer and register on a qualification. In order to claim credit you will need to complete and return a credit transfer application form and provide original copies of your record of achievement and syllabus information. More information can be found at: http://www.open.ac.uk/study/credit-transfer/ 

How do I apply?

1. RESERVE: If you have decided what you want to study, you can go straight tohttps://msds.open.ac.uk/forms/collegereservation/ and reserve a place. You will be asked to enter your contact details, what college you are at and what module you wish to study. When you have reserved a place, you will be sent a registration agreement that you must complete.

2. APPLY FOR FUNDING & REGISTER: If eligible, you can apply, from June 2015, for the part-time fee grant by downloading and completing the application form at http://www.saas.gov.uk/part_time/index.htm

Send your 2015/16 part-time fee grant application form, along with your completed registration agreement and income or benefit evidence, to the OU in Scotland for endorsement as soon as possible.Need some more advice?

Register your interest at the college with:

Marion Darling

Tel: 01506 427766             E: mdarling@west-lothian.ac.uk

 

  

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