Forth Valley College offer a number of partnership degree courses with four of Scotland’s leading Universities (Stirling, Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde and Napier) starting in August 2022.

This novel, innovative and integrated approach to learning offers the student the opportunity to study at the College for the first 2 years then progress for the final two years at the partner University - getting the best of both worlds from the two institutions with a dual student status.

These degrees have been designed to meet the needs of future employers by creating ‘work ready’ graduates and are supported by key industry partners. 

The degree courses on offer are:

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Science in partnership with Stirling University
  • BSc (Hons) Software Development with Cyber Security in partnership with Stirling University
  • BA (Hons) Digital Media in partnership with Stirling University
  • BA (Hons) Heritage and Tourism in partnership with Stirling University
  • BA Art and Design in partnership with Stirling University
  • BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering in partnership with University of Strathclyde
  • MEng Chemical Engineering in partnership with Heriot-Watt
  • MEng Electrical Engineering in partnership with Heriot-Watt
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering in partnership with Heriot-Watt

And a brand new course for 2022:

  • BSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling in partnership with Heriot-Watt

We've got an Associate Student Scheme in place with Edinburgh Napier University for students on the following HND courses:

  • HND Electrical Engineering can progress onto the BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering.
  • HND Mechanical Engineering can progress onto the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering or BEng (Hons) Energy & Environmental Engineering.

Why study your degree this way?

Benefits of a partnership degree at FVC include:

There are several advantages of studying locally at FVC in Falkirk, Stirling or Alloa. If you have just left school, travelling to study in Edinburgh or Glasgow can be a daunting prospect and expensive. FVC offers quality degrees in the Central Scotland area to allow students to ease into ‘higher education’, while still staying close to home. It also means you will be able to save money during the first year at least.

Smaller class groups mean more one-to-one time with lecturer’s
Smaller class groups mean the College’s expert and experienced lecturers can spend more time with individual students to guide them through the theory and make sure they understand the core elements of their subjects.

Focus on practical lab and technical skills
The first year or two of an integrated degree has a strong focus on hands-on skills meaning FVC degree students will move onto university with a high level of practical lab and technical skills. This will stand you in good stead as you progress and will also prove valuable when you enter the workplace.

An opportunity to build confidence before going to university
Partnership degree programmes at FVC are the ideal way for both school leavers and mature students to find their feet in ‘higher education’ and build confidence that will be valuable as they progress on to university.

Honing skills to become more employable and industry ready
True to our mission statement of ‘Making Learning Work’ we pride ourselves on preparing our students for what life will be like when they enter the workplace and developing the skills that future employers are looking for. Our industry partners recognise this and great supporters of the training, standards and practical skills that our students develop during their time with Forth Valley College.

Dr Ken Thomson, Principal of Forth Valley College, said: “These programmes deliver the highly skilled graduates which employers are crying out for. The focus on vocational training alongside academic study will ensure graduates can hit the ground running.  This is vital for the continued success of key sectors and industries across Scotland. We look forward to hearing from anyone interested in finding out more.”

So what are you waiting for?
Find out more about our degree courses and whether you can apply through the College or through UCAS -