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Schools & Education

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Schools & Education: Colleges and Universities 

Scotland has definitely a lot to offer to students. It has a wealth of world renowned colleges and universities offering excellent facilities, academic courses and recognised qualifications. 

Colleges in Edinburgh

Further Education (FE) colleges and Higher Education (HE) colleges

Further Education colleges (FE) sit between secondary school and university. FE colleges offer a wide range of vocational courses for people aged 16-18 as well as adult education for mature students. Most FE colleges offer A Levels, often in a sixth-form centre, school-level qualifications such as Higher Grade exams, as well as work-based learning.

Higher Education colleges (HE) colleges are usually part of a university and offer degree-level courses e.g. diplomas and the courses range from one-year Higher National Certificates (HNCs) to postgraduate doctoral qualifications. 

Applying for a course at a college

Applications for courses at Further Education colleges in Scotland are made directly to the college of choice. To view the choice of courses at Edinburgh’ colleges visit the excellent and well informed PlanIT Plus website.

All courses and lectures are conducted in English, and fluency in written and spoken English is vital. You must satisfy the college or university of your competence in English before being accepted onto a course.

Main colleges in Edinburgh 

Edinburgh College

(formerly Telford College)

 

Specialised in:

  

350 West Granton Road
Edinburgh
EH5 1QE [MAP]

Telephone: (0044) (0)131 559 4000
Email: courseinfo@edinburghcollege.ac.uk 
 

Childcare and Social Care
Communication and Social Science
Courses for Learners with Additional Support Needs
Decorating, Plastering and Plumbing
Design and Computing
Engineering and the Built Environment
Fine Art
Food, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
Hair and Beauty
Health Studies and the Sciences 
Media
Performing Arts
Sport and Fitness
Sports Studies
Textiles, Floristry and Interior Design
Trowel and Highway services
Veterinary and the Sciences
Wood and Masonry Trades​
 

Jewel and Esk College

 Specialised in:

Edinburgh Campus
24 Milton Road East
EH15 2PP [MAP]

Telephone: (0044) (0)131 344 7000
Email: info@jec.ac.uk
Automotive engineering
Beauty & complementary therapies
Bridging courses
Business management
Care
Carpentry & joinery
Computing
Dance
Electrical engineering
English for speakers of other languages 
Exercise & fitness
Hairdressing
Healthcare
Hospitality & catering
Literacy & numeracy
Measurement & control engineering
Mechanical engineering
Music
Office administration
Plumbing & gas
Sign language
Social sciences
Television
 

Oatridge Agricultural College

 Specialised in:

Ecclesmachen 
Broxburn 
EH52 6NH [MAP]

Telephone: (0044) (0)1506 864 800 
Email: oatridge@sruc.ac.uk
Activity Tourism
Agriculture
Animal Care
Blasksmithing
Countryside Management
Equine Studies & Forgework
Horticulture
Landbased Engineering
Landscaping
Rural Skills
 

Edinburgh College

(formerly Stevenson College)

 Specialised in:

Bankhead Avenue
Edinburgh 
EH11 4DE [MAP]

Telephone: (0044) (0)131 535 4600 
Email: courseinfo@edinburghcollege.ac.uk 
Access & Continuing Education
Administration
Business
Creative Industries
Early EducationEngineering
Health
Languages
Science
Social Care
Sports

Difference between colleges and universities in Scotland

A college (HE) comes under the affiliation of a university or, put differently, when you go to a university you are going to be graduating from one of their colleges, such as the business college. A college offers students a range of degrees in one specific area e.g. business, while a university is a collection of colleges. Courses are taught in colleges, but the degree is granted by the university.

University is the parent body and colleges adhere to its rules. A university usually offers undergraduate (bachelor's) degrees and graduate (master's and doctoral) degrees. Besides the colleges under its affiliation, a university in the UK may have its own separate subject departments devoted to research.

As a student, the important factor to consider for your education is the quality of the school rather than if it is a college or a university.

Universities in Edinburgh

You become an undergraduate when you start university. Then you sit a bachelors and when you graduate from that you are a undergraduate. Then if you start a postgraduate course you are a postgraduate.

To become a postgraduate you must specifically read for a postgraduate degree - simply staying at university to 'get another degree' could imply that you were taking another undergraduate degree. Postgraduate degrees include taught masters (MA/MSc), PG dip, PG cert, PGCE, PhD, MPhil, MRes, etc. 

Applying for a course at universities

For admission to university, undergraduate students should apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  UCAS telephone number: (0044) (0)871 468 0468 - Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00.

Postgraduate students should normally apply through the university of their choice.

To find out what courses are offered at Scottish universities, visit the PlanIT Plus website.

Universities in Edinburgh

Edinburgh College of Art

Lauriston Place
Edinburgh
EH3 9DF  [MAP]
 
Telephone: (0044) (0)131 221 6000
Email: registry@eca.ac.uk
 

View choice of courses at Edinburgh College of Art

 

Napier University

Craiglockhart Campus
EH14 1DJ [MAP]

Telephone: (0044) (0)8452 60 60 40 
Email: info@napier.ac.uk
 

View choice of courses at Napier University

 

Edinburgh University

57 George Square
EH8 9JU  [MAP]
 
Telephone: (0044) (0)131 650 4360 
Email: sra.enquiries@ed.ac.uk 
 

View choice of courses at Edinburgh University

 

Heriot-Watt University

Riccarton
Edinburgh
EH14 4AS [Map

Telephone: (0044) (0)131 449 5111 
Email: enquiries@hw.ac.uk
 

View choice of courses at Heriot-Watt University

 

Open University in Scotland 

10 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh
EH3 7QJ [Map

Telephone: (0044) (0)845 300 6090 
Email: scotland@open.ac.uk
 

View choice of courses at the Open University 

 

Queen Margaret University 

Queen Margaret University Drive
Edinburgh
EH21 6UU [Map

Telephone: (0044) (0)131 474 0000 
Email: admissions@qmu.ac.uk
 

View choice of courses at Queen Margaret University

 

Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) 

King's Buildings
West Mains Road
Edinburgh
EH9 3JG [Map

Telephone: (0044) (0)800 269 453 
Email: recruitment@sac.ac.uk
 

View choice of courses at SAC

 

 

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