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Entry qualifications: HNC\D courses

Another route you may wish to consider is a college based Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) course. HNC/D courses cover a wide range of subjects – some are practical (and are described as vocational) such as HNC Health Care while others are more generic e.g. HNC Social Science. An HNC is usually seen as being equivalent to 1 st year degree level, while an HND is roughly equivalent to 2nd year degree level.

If there is a particularly close match between an HNC and a degree course it is sometimes possible to start your degree studies directly in year 2 and with an HND it is sometimes possible to start your degree in year 3.

For example an HNC in Business Administration can lead to 2nd year entry on our BA Business Management degree, whilst an HND in Social Science can gain entry to the 3rd year of our Psychology and Sociology degree programme.

QMU’s undergraduate prospectus highlights on each subject page where HNC/D’s are accepted and what level students may enter the course.

We also offer a guaranteed progression route via Edinburgh College into the following programmes. Students are accepted as 'Associate' students of the University.

>> International Hospitality & Tourism Management - Associate Degree (first two years delivered at Edinburgh College)

>> Events Management - Associate Degree (first 2 years delivered at Edinburgh College)

If you decide to apply to a degree course in an area unrelated to your HNC/D studies, it may still be possible for you to enter the University in year 1 or 2. Please contact our admissions team for further guidance on entry to our degree programmes from HNC/D level.

QMU have a number of articulation agreements with local colleges which set out in what circumstances a student will be admitted onto a degree course at the University, and which year students would be eligible to enter.

QMU has articulation links with the following colleges in Scotland:

  • Adam Smith College
  • Borders College
  • Carnegie College, Dunfermline
  • Elmwood College
  • Forth Valley College
  • Jewel & Esk College
  • Perth College
  • Stevenson College Edinburgh
  • Telford College, Edinburgh
  • West Lothian
  • Lauder (Carnegie)

A full list of our current articulation agreements, and information on which HNC/Ds are accepted for entry to each of our degrees is available below.

 

HEALTH SCIENCES ENTRY LEVEL DEGREE PROGRAMME
HNC Sports & Exercise Science Level 1 BSc Human Biology / BSc Nutrition
HNC Healthcare Level 1 BSc Podiatry/ BSc Nursing/ BSc Audiology/ BSc Occupational Therapy/ BSc Diagnostic/Therapeutic Radiography/ BSc Physiotherapy
HNC Healthcare Level 2 BSc Nursing ***
HNC Social Care Level 1 BSc Psychology / BSc Health Psychology/ BSc Occupational Therapy
HNC Biomedical Science / HNC Applied Science Level 1 BSc Audiology
HNC Occupational Therapy Support Level 2 BSc Occupational Therapy *
HNC Assistant Practitioner Level 2 BSc Diagnostic/Therapeutic Radiography **
HND Sports & Exercise Science Level 2 BSc Human Biology / BSc Nutrition
HND Applied Biological Sciences Level 2/3 BSc Human Biology / BSc Nutrition
HND Chemistry Level 2 BSc Nutrition / BSc Human Biology / BSc Applied Pharmacology
HND Occupation Therapy Support Level 3 BSc Occupational Therapy
HND Biological Sciences Level 2 BSc Nutrition / BSc Human Biology / BSc Applied Pharmacology

 

BUSINESS ENTRY LEVEL DEGREE PROGRAMME
HNC Business Administration Level 2 BA Business Management / BA Retail Management/ BA Management & Marketing
HNC Retail Management Level 2 BA Retail Management / BA Marketing & Retailing
HNC in any Business related discipline Level 2 BA Retail Management / BA Marketing Management /BA Business Joint Degree
HNC Consumer & Management Studies Level 2 BA Consumer Studies / also BA Consumer Studies with - Events Management / International Hospitality / Management / Marketing / Retailing / Tourism
HNC Events Management Level 2 BA Events Management
HNC Marketing Level 2 BA Marketing Management / BA Management & Marketing/ BA Marketing & Events Management
HNC Fashion Design & Production with Retail Level 2 BA Retail Management
HND Business / Business Administration Level 2 BA Business Management
HND Administration & Information Management Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media
HND Retail Management Level 3 BA Retail Management
HND Consumer & Management Studies Level 3 BA Consumer Studies / also BA Consumer Studies with - Events Management / International Hospitality / Management / Marketing / Retailing / Tourism
HND Events Management Level 3 BA Events Management
HND Marketing Level 3 BA Marketing / BA PR & Marketing

 

MEDIA ENTRY LEVEL DEGREE PROGRAMME
HNC Administration & Information Management Level 1 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media
HND Administration & Information Management Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media
HNC Social Science Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HNC Social Science Level 3 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HNC Practical Journalism Level 1 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HNC Photography & Digital Imaging Level 1 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HNC Photography & Digital Imaging Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media
HNC TV Operations Level 1 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HNC TV Operations Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media
HNC Creative Industries Television Level 1 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HNC Professional Writing Skills Level 1 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HNC Communications Level 2 BA PR & Media
HNC Communication with Media Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media /BA PR & Marketing
HNC Advertising & PR Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HND Creative Industries Media/Television Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HND Multimedia Creation - interactive Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing / BA Psychology & Sociology
HND Audiovisual Technology Level 2 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing
HND Communication with Media Level 3 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing
HND Advertising & PR Level 3 BA Media / BA Film & Media / BA PR & Media/ BA PR & Marketing

 

HOSPITALITY ENTRY LEVEL DEGREE PROGRAMME
HNC Hospitality Management Level 2 BA Hospitality & Tourism / BA International Hospitality
HNC Hospitality Operations Level 2 BA Hospitality & Tourism Management / BA International Hospitality
HNC Professional Cookery Level 2 BA Hospitality & Tourism Management / BA International Hospitality
HNC Tourism Management Level 2 BA Tourism Management
HNC Travel & Tourism Level 2 BA Tourism Management
HND Hospitality Management Level 3 BA Hospitality & Tourism Management / BA International Hospitality
HND Tourism Level 3 BA Tourism Management
HND Travel & Tourism Level 3 BA Tourism Management/ BA International Hospitality
HND in Languages & Scottish Tourism Management Level 3 BA Tourism Management

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