Our Process Explained


When you apply for a course we will be looking to see if you meet the entry requirements; these will vary depending on the type of course. For example for an Introductory or Access course you may not require any formal qualifications however we expect you to show your interest, willingness and ability to complete this programme.

Higher level courses such as HNC or HND courses will specify a qualification you will need to have already achieved. In addition to this you may have to complete a pre-entry assessment appropriate to the course applied for.

Examples of this are:

  • for a construction course we may ask you to complete a problem solving test
  • for a music or performing arts course you will be asked to audition
  • Art and Design courses may require a portfolio of work
  • Engineering courses may require an aptitude test
  • Sports courses may require a fitness test.

If you are a mature student and don’t have the formal qualifications required, we would consider your work or life experience, so please don’t be put off from applying.
You will be given the opportunity to submit a Personal Statement during the online process.  This has a limit of 2000 characters (including spaces) which can enhance your application.  It is worth taking the time to prepare this in advance of starting the online process.


Finally you may be invited into college for an interview with a member of our lecturing staff. The interview process will allow you to ask any questions you may have about the course and is designed to enable you and your lecturer to determine whether the course is right for you. Many variables will be taken into consideration such as your suitability for this type of course, previous academic achievement, strengths, interests, your aspirations and career goals and your work/life experience.

However, it is a two way process and you need to use this opportunity to find out if this sounds like the best course for you.

Our Progression Routes Explained

Students who successfully pass their course have choices to make about their next steps. Some prefer to seek employment at the end of their course while others wish to progress on to the next level. We refer to this as a progression route.

National Certificate (NC) courses lead to Higher National Certificates (HNC) which lead to Higher National Diploma (HND) courses. All these courses can be completed at college. Colleges have agreements with universities so that their students can progress directly from a college course into a degree course. We refer to this as Articulation Agreements. These agreements will vary depending on the College qualifications you achieve and the particular university.

In many cases you can benefit from direct entry to third year at university. An example of this is a student with an HND Visual Communication gaining a place in Year 3 of BA Digital Art at University of the West of Scotland. Your degree will be completed in Ayrshire and the course duration is the same length of time as it would have taken if you had gone to university from year one.

Disclaimer: The College may need to make changes to the courses it offers if, for example, funding is withdrawn, there is insufficient interest or there are difficulties with college resources. A change could involve the replacement of a course with a new course, variations to course content or structure, the merger of courses, or the withdrawal of a course. If there is a change to a course about which you have expressed an interest, the College will let you know as soon as possible.