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.
YOUR DEGREE, YOUR FUTURE
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. 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.
Your full degree at Fife College offers a range of degrees delivered entirely on site. These degrees are in partnership with Abertay University.
Although you complete all four years of your degree at Fife College, your degree is still awarded by the university and you may be able to attend university lectures and open days as an Associate Student. Progressing to university from college Fife College also offers defined routes to degree courses in partnership with a wide range of universities.
By working in partnership with these universities, they make sure that the content of their courses and their delivery are relevant and make progression possible. To take advantage of a defined route, you need to ensure that the HN course you choose progresses to the degree course that you ultimately want to study, as in most cases only certain HND courses offer articulation to specific degrees. This information can be made available to you when you apply for your college course.
ARRAN : GRAPHIC DESIGN
“I was encouraged by my careers advisor at Inverkeithing High School to follow the path from Advanced Certificate: Graphic and Digital Design to BA Visual Communications and Digital Publishing at Fife College. He told me it was good alternative to university.
“I really enjoyed my time at Fife College; I was there for four years in total and studied at both Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes Campuses. I really enjoyed the mix of tutors I had throughout my time at the College; they all came from industry backgrounds so I was sure that I was receiving an excellent standard of education. As well as design, the courses taught me great communication skills such as pitching ideas or presenting final outcomes to the class.
“In the degree course, our year was the first year to run the module which requires students to set up a working design agency, pitching for client work, producing high quality design, sourcing print etc. This was valuable and helped me feel more confident going into the working world of design. I’m now continuing to grow my career as an in-house graphic designer for Heriot-Watt University Student Union.”
“Because I came straight from school, and I was used to doing schoolwork and studying for my Highers, I found the workload of the course more manageable. The study is a lot more independent than at school, though, which hit me a bit; I maybe wasn’t prepared for that. It’s good that two days a week on the course are spent on placement. It provides a fantastic balance between theory and practice.
“I don’t think I’d have got as much from it if I was just doing theory without having the opportunity to put it into practice. After completing HNC: Childhood Practice, I’m going to Aberdeen for university to study primary teaching. I think coming to college before university was a really good idea. In hindsight, I don’t think I’d have been ready for uni if I’d gone this year. Socially I would have been fine, but study-wise I would have struggled without the experience of this year at college. Even from the first essays I did this year to now, there is a big difference in my writing, so I’m really glad I came to college first as a stepping stone to the degree.”
For more information on studying for your degree at Fife College, visit www.fife.ac.uk/degrees