Pathways to university

Studying at NESCol can provide a direct route to university and hundreds of our students make the transition to degree courses each year


NESCol courses


Pathways to RGU degrees

Degree Link

NESCol has partnered with RGU to make your transition from college to university as straightforward as possible.

The collaboration allows students to take their first steps towards a degree by studying in the vibrant and nurturing NESCol environment, with the aim of progressing to university when the time is right.

The Degree Link programme is the perfect platform for students who aim to study at university after building qualifications, knowledge and skills at College.

Entry will be subject to you taking specified routes through HNC/HND or certain knowledge requirements. Completion of a HNC will lead to entry in year two of a degree course and completion of a HND will lead to entry in year three of a degree course.

In some cases you may have to meet course-specific requirements, such as taking specified options on your HN programme, and some courses may require presentation of a portfolio or an interview with an RGU tutor.

As a NESCol student you can join the RGU Associate Student scheme as you begin your journey, with a number of benefits available.


Associate universities

NESCol has a number of associate universities, and you will find that every HND course offers formal articulation arrangements.

Our associate universities are:


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Applying to university

If your plan is to progress to university after successfully completing your course, there are important points to consider.

While many of our advanced courses have direct articulation links in place with selected universities, most universities will consider applications from NESCol students even if formal articulation agreements are not in place.

UCAS applications

UCAS are the organisation responsible for all university applications across the UK.

Your Application to university must go through them.

During your studies our Information and Advice team will offer the opportunity to attend UCAS workshops and offer advice, guidance and feedback on UCAS Personal Statements and the application process.

The closing date for most applications is in January of the year you intend to start. Visit the UCAS website to find out about exceptions and completing your application.

Choosing a university

Before making decisions, about courses or institutions, it is vital to do your research to ensure that you are making informed choices.

We recommend you visit the university you are applying for. Open Days are an invaluable opportunity to do this. This way you can get a feel for life on campus and decide if it’s the right place for you.

Personal Statement advice

A personal statement is  normally submitted to support your application  for college or university. It may sometimes be requested when applying for employment too.

It is a vital component of many application processes, so it is essential that you spend time working on it to ensure you get it right.

  • Be succinct
  • Be clear and support your statements
  • Be specific
  • Adhere to any word limits
  • Avoid any negative language or remarks
  • Carefully check over your spelling and grammar
  • Find out more about the application process and writing your personal statement
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