Around 20% of our students gain entry to undergraduate programmes after successfully completing a course at college.

We believe that finding the right stage of entry for students coming from college is very important, which is why our dedicated Colleges and Wider Access Officer, Patricia Reid, is here to help you make the transition from college to university.

Undergraduate programmes

Special arrangements between Heriot-Watt University and other colleges across Scotland mean that students with an appropriate Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) will be considered for advanced entry into second or third year of a degree programme.

You can find out what your study options are at Heriot-Watt by using the ELRAH RouteFinder.

Gaining entry onto a degree programme is not dependant on a college agreement between your college and Heriot-Watt University. A number of our students come from colleges and courses that we have not yet arranged agreements with. So, if you don't see your college or course on the ELRAH website, please contact our Colleges Liaison Officer anyway to check.

Postgraduate programmes

The following HNC and HND qualifications, combined with relevant experience, are acceptable entry qualifications for most postgraduate programmes:

  • HND plus 4 years of relevant post qualification experience
  • HNC plus 6 years of relevant post qualification experience
  • 8 years relevant experience at a suitable level plus either interview or passes in two modules

Please contact the relevant School or Institute for further details.