Aim High at Fraserburgh Campus

Higher National qualifications are advanced courses designed in partnership with industry experts and employers. Completing these college based courses offers an excellent pathway to degrees and is one of the best ways to achieve a career with prospects.

Springboard into work

HNC and HND courses provide practical skills you may need in your chosen career and the theoretical understanding employers will expect you to have.

Fast track route to University

Some HNCs allow direct entry into year 2 of a degree programme at University, whilst HNDs can allow direct entry to year 3. We call this process “articulation”. This varies from course to course and with each University, but the College has many agreements in place which our students take advantage of.

Are you a school leaver?

If you have Highers you could leave school at the end of fifth year, complete your HN qualification at College, enter University and complete your degree a year earlier than if you had decided to stay on at school in the final year.

Higher National Qualifications explained

  • HNCs are equivalent to SCQF Level 7 / Year 1 of University and usually take 1 year to complete
  • HNDs are equivalent to SCQF Level 8 / Year 2 of University and usually take 2 years to complete
  • HNC/Ds are classified as advanced courses and funding is available through the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

Information can be found at

New HN Courses

HNC Soft Tissue Therapy


Develop the range of knowledge and skills necessary to work as a Soft Tissue Therapist and gain an industry-recognised qualification. Progress to an HND in Sport Therapy, a degree in Sport Therapy or employment as a Soft Tissue Therapist.

HND Business with Digital Marketing


Gain a strong base of essential business skills with online marketing techniques and know-how. Includes economics, accounting, management and digital and social media. This course offers many options for progression to a wider range of related degree level courses.

HNC Childhood Practice


Develop the essential knowledge and understanding relating to working as a practitioner in this field. Upon completion, you are eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level. A mandatory placement opportunity is provided to students who demonstrate appropriate skills and values.

Shell Engineering Scheme (New Format)


This fast track sponsored engineering programme has been refreshed to reflect the broader range of skills and qualifications that industry is demanding.
Mechanical, electrical and instrumentation skills are delivered, 5 days a week, in conjunction with four industry placements and a leadership qualification.

Returning to learning or leaving school?

You can choose from a wide range of full time advanced courses – that’s HNCs and HNDs – at Fraserburgh Campus. A full time course is typically 3 days a week so you can combine study with a part-time job and keep up with friends and family too.