Ayrshire College student graduates…with university degree!

Ayrshire College student graduates…with university degree!

On Friday 27 October, hundreds of graduates were at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock for the first of three 2017 Ayrshire College graduations.

The following day, however, one Ayrshire College student was graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Combined Social Science at a ceremony in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

Nicole Blair, 27 from Irvine, was able to earn her Combined Social Science honours degree at Ayrshire College thanks to an innovative partnership that the College has with the Open University.

Nicole was an HND Social Science student who decided the Ayrshire College campus-based degree course was right for her, rather than the traditional university route.

The Level 3 honours degree is delivered at the Kilmarnock Campus, and provides students with first class teaching and regular support and guidance from college and university staff, as they progress through their studies.

Nicole is the latest student to benefit from Ayrshire College’s partnership with the Open University - which is an option that’s open to all Social Science students.

Julie Maxwell, Director of Learning and Skills at Ayrshire College, said “The benefit of the Open University campus-based delivery model is that it provides students with a local flexible part-time route to an honours degree programme, allowing students to juggle their studies with family, work and other commitments. As a result of the success of this programme we introduced in September the Open University Level 2 Diploma as a one-year part-time option. The diploma is open to anyone who has a 15 credit HNC qualification in Social Sciences at SCQF Level 7.”

6 November 2017

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