Forth Valley College offers a number of partnership degree courses with four of Scotland’s leading universities (Heriot-Watt, Napier, Stirling and Strathclyde) starting in August 2024.

This innovative and integrated approach to learning offers students the opportunity to study at the College for the first two 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.

The courses offer an ideal pathway for those keen to achieve a degree but who aren’t ready to go straight to university following school or also adults looking to change careers or return to education following a break.

The degrees have also been designed to meet the needs of future employers by creating ‘work ready’ graduates and they are supported by key industry partners. With the UCAS deadline fast approaching on Wednesday 31 January 2024, FVC encourage potential students to apply as soon as possible.

The degree courses on offer are:

University of Stirling:

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Science
  • BSc (Hons) Software Development with Cyber Security
  • BA (Hons) Digital Media
  • BA (Hons) Heritage and Tourism
  • BA Art and Design
  • BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Chemistry
  • BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Physics

University of Strathclyde:

  • BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

Heriot-Watt University:

  • MEng Chemical Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling

We also have 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.

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Why study your degree this way?

Benefits of a partnership degree at FVC
There are several advantages of studying locally at FVC in Falkirk or Stirling. If you have just left school, travelling to study further afield such as in Edinburgh or Glasgow can be a daunting and expensive prospect. FVC offers quality degrees in the Central Scotland area to allow students to ease into ‘higher education’, while still staying close to home.

Smaller class groups mean more one-to-one time with lecturer’s
Smaller class groups mean the College’s 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 two years of a partnership 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 adult returners to find their feet in higher education and build confidence that will be valuable as they progress on to university.

Developing 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 are great supporters of the training, standards and practical skills that our students develop during their time with Forth Valley College.

Kenny MacInnes, 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 -