School of Health and Life Sciences

The School of Health and Life Sciences fully supports articulation from college to university and recognises that HN qualifications provide valuable progression opportunities for learners. Our work with the former Greater Glasgow Articulation Partnership (GGAP) has reinforced our certainty that the key to successful articulation is through building partnerships and developing collaborative approaches to support effective curriculum alignment and harmonisation, student transition and progression.

Nursing, care and administrative practice

We have been working with colleges, employers, College Development Network and SQA to develop HND Care and Administrative Practice in parallel with our Bachelor of Nursing degree. We are delighted to be the first university in Scotland to offer advanced standing pathways into specialist fields in nursing including: Adult, Mental Health, Learning Disability and Child. We are also delighted to be able offer advanced standing articulation from HNC Care and Administrative Practice into a range of Allied Health Profession degrees including: Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy and Oncology.

Social sciences and psychology

In 2012 we worked with college partners to develop new advanced standing articulation pathways from HNC/D Social Sciences into levels 2 and 3 of BSc (Hons) Psychology - the first route into Level 3 in Scotland.

Social work and social care

We have mapped our BA (Hons) Social Work degree to HNC Social Care with five college partners and have been welcoming college students into level 2 for a number of years.

Life Sciences Degree

Our Department of Life Sciences has a long history of supporting advanced standing articulation into a range of degrees, and is currently delivering a new degree with Glasgow Kelvin College.

Students who undertake the HND Applied Sciences at Glasgow Kelvin College can gain a guaranteed place into third year of the BSc(Hons) Cell & Molecular Biology (GCU Pathway) or BSc(Hons) Food Biosciences (GCU Pathway) programmes at the University, subject to successful completion of course requirements and progression criteria. These students have the security of a guaranteed place on a course at GCU, meaning they can concentrate on their studies confident in the knowledge that their place is safe at university, where they can continue their studies towards an honours degree.

Students will be Associate Students of GCU and will enjoy benefits including

  • access to  GCU Learn (GCU’s Virtual Learning Environment)
  • access to a range of facilities at the University’s library
  • the opportunity to attend Masterclasses (classes delivered by leading academic and industry experts)
  • attending lectures at GCU and visiting the campus to support students make the transition from college to the University
  • discount membership to ARC, the University’s sports centre

Students should apply for one of these pathway programmes via UCAS

Support for articulating students

The School’s long experience of welcoming articulating students is manifest in the range of specially designed, subject specific support materials which we have developed. Our dedicated team in the Learning Development Centre (LDC) offer tailored support for articulating students at all stages of study. Our LDC staff work with the College Connect team to support students in transition pre and post entry to university.