Partnership degrees at FVC in Falkirk, Alloa and Stirling – your further education gateway to a new future
Forth Valley College offer a number of partnership degree courses with four of Scotland’s leading Universities (Stirling, Strathclyde, Heriot-Watt and Napier) starting in August 2024.
This novel, innovative and integrated approach to learning offers the student the opportunity to study at the College for the first two years, then progress onto the partner university for the final two years – 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:
In partnership with the University of Stirling
BA Art and Design
BA (Hons) Digital Media
BA (Hons) Heritage and Tourism
BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Physics
BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Chemistry
BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Science
BSc (Hons) Software Development with Cyber Security
In partnership with the University of Strathclyde
BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
In partnership with Heriot-Watt University
MEng Chemical Engineering
MEng Electrical Engineering
MEng Mechanical Engineering
BSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling
Associate Student Schemes
Kenny MacInnes, Principal of Forth Valley College, explained that FVC also has Associate Student Schemes in place with Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University which allows students to complete a HND at the college, then transition to the university in year three.
By participating in the Associate Student Scheme, students are guaranteed a year three place at the university provided they meet the conditions at the end of their two year HND at the college.
HND Electrical Engineering which can progress onto the BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.
HND Mechanical Engineering which can progress onto the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering or BEng (Hons) Energy & Environmental Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.
HND Electrical Engineering which can progress onto the BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University.
HND Mechanical Engineering which can progress onto the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering or BEng (Hons) Energy & Environmental Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University.
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 the student has just left school, travelling to study 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 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 them in good stead as they progress and will also prove valuable when they 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 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 https://www.forthvalley.ac.uk/degrees/