Diploma to Degree

The SQA Higher National Diploma (HND) is a short cycle higher education qualification which enables advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in Universities and Higher Education Institutions across the world.  

This is a well-established and respected route to progressing directly onto the second or third year of a degree. SQA wants to make this journey as smooth as possible and has partnered with a number of highly regarded international institutions who will consider applications from HND graduates.


If your goal is to graduate with a degree then one very successful route of study is to complete an SQA HND and progress onto a degree. The SQA HND is widely recognised around the world as being equivalent to the first two years of undergraduate study. Many HND students have studied in their own country before moving abroad to undertake a degree, entering directly into the second or third year. This option can be a cost effective route to achieving a degree.

There is a wide choice of institutions throughout the world accepting SQA HND graduates onto their degree programmes with advanced entry. SQA has secured agreements with a range of highly regarded institutions to help you make the choice about where to study.

See our Where to Study page for information on the institutions which will consider advanced entry with an SQA Higher National Diploma qualification.

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Please note that many more institutions accept the SQA HND for advanced entry to their degree programmes. Entry is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Higher Education Institutions

If your goal is to ensure you have a rich and diverse mix of cultures and nationalities in your student population then SQA can help to achieve this goal.

SQA currently works with a select range of highly respected universities and higher education institutions globally. We want to partner with institutions who will provide a quality learning experience for those HND students who are aiming to progress onto a Degree.

We welcome enquiries from institutions that are keen to explore how we could work together.

See our SQA Progression Partners page on information on what SQA offers.

Our Where to Study shows the universities we work with.