University of the Highlands and Islands

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The University of the Highlands and Islands – Scotland’s newest university - has over 13 colleges and research centres, and over 70 local learning centres spread across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Our links mean that students from a number of subject areas can progress on to study at UHI, where you will find a diverse range of courses on offer – many of which take full advantage of the surrounding region’s unique environment, landscape and culture.

The University of the Highlands and Islands encourages applications from students coming directly from College after successfully completing and HNC or HND. If you have studied a qualification at this level at North East Scotland College, then UHI will be more than happy to discuss the various options that may be available to you. In some cases an HNC could gain you direct entry to year 2 of a degree; while an HND could help you gain entry to year 3. You can have a look at some example articulation routes on the UHI website for inspiration.

The university has already assessed many HN qualifications to provide you with a guide to the level you might want to/expect to gain entry. However, if your course is not listed or you would like to apply for another course, you can do so – your application will then be assessed on its own merits. Simply complete your application form stating the year of entry you are requesting. Your programme leader will then send you an RPL form to complete, where you can include details of your previous qualification(s).

Restrictions and other options

Entry to year 2 of UHI degrees requires a HNC with 120 credits. If you have a 96 credit HNC then you may still be able to articulate to year 2 by taking bridging units/RPL (assessment of other formal/informal learning you may have completed). Entry to year 3 requires a HND with 240 credits. Additionally some HNC/D courses require bridging study to ensure you cover certain specialist content. Your programme leader will advise you when you apply.

To find out more about course opportunities at UHI you can contact the course information line on 0845 272 3600, or visit the courses section of their website.


The following courses at North East Scotland College can lead to further study at The University of the Highlands and Islands:

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University of the Highlands and Islands

12b Ness Walk

Inverness IV3 5SQ

Tel: 01463 279000


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