Students — where to study

If your goal is to graduate from university, then one very successful route of study is to complete an SQA Advanced Diploma and progress onto a related degree.

The SQA Advanced Diploma 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.

Worldwide recognition

SQA Advanced Diploma are widely recognised around the world as being the equivalent to the first two years of undergraduate study.

Diploma to Degree

Diploma to Degree is a well-established and proven route to progressing directly onto the second or third year of a flexible degree.

Many students have studied in their own country before moving abroad to complete a degree, entering directly into second or third year. This option can be a cost effective route to studying abroad and achieving a degree at an international Higher Education Institution.

Where can I study?

We make this journey as smooth as possible. SQA partners with highly regarded international institutions. These Institutions recognise the SQA Advanced Diploma for advanced entry and provide students with a quality learning experience.

Please note: Many more institutions accept the SQA Advanced Diploma for advanced entry to their degree programmes. Entry is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Australia

  • Central Queensland University
  • Central Queensland University

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Subject areas for advanced entry:

    Accounting, Administration with Information Technology, Business, Business with Accounting, Business with HRM, Business with Information Technology, Business with Marketing, Computing: Networking, Computing: Software Development, Computing ; Technical Support, Financial Services, Global Trade and Business, Hospitality, Management, Supply Chain Management, Travel & Tourism

    Central Queensland University Logo

  • Deakin University*
  • Deakin University*

    Contact the University for further information

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • Griffith University
  • Griffith University

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma subject areas for advanced entry:
    Business, Business with Accounting, Business with HR, Business with IT, Business with Marketing, Global Trade and Business, Marketing, Hospitality Management and Travel & Tourism.

  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Swinburne University of Technology

    Applicable HND subject areas for advanced entry:

    Business, Business with Accounting, Business with Finance, Global Trade and Business, Business with Human Resource Management, Business with IT, Business with Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Computing: Networking, Computing : Software Development, Computing: Technical Support.

  • University of Tasmania*
  • University of Tasmania*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

Canada

  • Royal Roads University
  • Royal Roads University

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma subject areas: Business,  Hospitality, Logistics and Tourism.

  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Thompson Rivers University

    Advanced entry to Bachelor of Computing Science.

    Applicable HND subject areas: HND Computing: Software Development.

    Thompson Rivers University

  • Trinity Western University*
  • Trinity Western University*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • University of Prince Edward Island

    Advanced entry to Bachelor of Business Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality, BSC in Computer Science.

    Applicable HND subject areas: Accounting, Business and Marketing, Finance, Hospitality Management, Travel and Tourism, Computer Science and Networking.

    Prince Edward Island University Logo

  • Vancouver Island University
  • Vancouver Island University

    3rd year entry

    Students who have completed the HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Hospitality Management can transfer into the 3rd year of the VIU Bachelor of Hospitality Management and will be awarded a block transfer of 60 credits towards the 120 credit requirement.

    Students who have completed the HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Professional Cookery can transfer into the 3rd year of the VIU Bachelor of Hospitality Management and will be awarded a block transfer of 60 credits towards the 120 credit requirement + 15 credits of the Culinary Arts bridging courses.

Hong Kong

New Zealand

  • Auckland Institute of Studies
  • Auckland Institute of Studies

    Entry to compatible degree courses which can be completed in one academic year

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Subject areas: : Business, Computing, Hospitality and Tourism.

    Auckland Institute of Studies

  • Ntec Tertiary Group
  • Ntec Tertiary Group

    3rd year entry to applicable Diploma/Degree disciplines.

    NZ Diploma level 7 is degree equivalent

    Further Progression is also available to a wide range of NZ Postgraduate qualification on completion of degree NZ Diploma Level 7.

    Applicable HND subject areas: Accounting, Business, Computing and Counselling.

    Ntec Tertiary Group

  • Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

    3rd year entry to Bachelor of Applied Management

    Applicable HND subject areas: Accounting, Business, Construction, Hospitality, Logistics and Retail.

    The final year of the Bachelor of Applied Management degree can be completed via distance learning in your own country.

    Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

South Korea

United Kingdom

  • Abertay University
  • Abertay University

    2nd year entry may be offered for other appropriate HND/SQA Advanced Diploma.

    3rd year entry to applicable degree disciplines.

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma subject areas: Accounting, Administration, Business, Civil Engineering, Computing, Construction and Marketing.

    Abertay University

  • Anglia Ruskin University*
  • Anglia Ruskin University*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes
    2nd year entry to selected degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

     
  • Birmingham City University
  • Birmingham City University

    Entry to year 3 - HND Business, Business with Accounting, Business with HRM, Business with Marketing, Financial Services, Global Trade and Business, Supply Chain Management, Computing: Software Development, Computing: Technical Support.

  • BPP University*
  • BPP University*

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines
    Contact the University for further information
    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University*
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • De Montfort University*
  • De Montfort University*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes
    2nd year entry to selected degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Edinburgh Napier University

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    Applicable HND Subject areas: Accounting, Administration & Information Technology, Business, Business with Accounting, Business with HRM, Business with IT, Business with Marketing, Business Management, Financial and Business Management, Global Trade and Business, Computing: Networking, Computing: Software Development, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electronics, Hospitality Management, Travel and Tourism, Architectural Technology, Engineering Systems, Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology.

    Edinburgh Napier University logo.

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND subject areas: 

    3D Design, Accounting, Administration, Architecture and Surveying, Business, Civil Engineering, Computing, Construction, Creative Industries, Engineering, Fashion, Hospitality, Marketing, Media, Retail, Sports Sciences and Health Sciences and Tourism.

    Glasgow Caledonian University

  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Heriot-Watt University

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Subject areas: Accounting, Business, Business with Human Resource Management, Business with Marketing, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying.

  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Leeds Beckett University

    3rd Year entry for HNDs in: Business, Business with Accounting, Business with HR, Business with IT, Business with Marketing, Computer Networking, Computing Software Development, Computing Technical Support, Electronic Engineering, Global Trade and Business, Hospitality Management, Travel and Tourism.

  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool Hope University

    2nd and 3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Subject areas: Business, Business with Marketing – year 3, Electrical Engineering – year 2

  • London School of Business and Management
  • London School of Business and Management

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines.

    Applicable HND subject areas: Accounting, Administration, Business, Computing and Finance.

    Note: International students with ANY SQA HND can apply for the 3rd year top up degree in International Business Communications. Degree awarded by the University of Northampton.

    London School of Business and Management

  • London South Bank University*
  • London South Bank University*

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • Middlesex University, London
  • Middlesex University, London

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND subject areas: Wide range of Computing subjects.

    Middlesex University, London

  • Northumbria University
  • Northumbria University

    Applicable HND subject areas for 3rd year entry:

    Administration with IT, Business, Business with Accounting, Business with IT, Business with HR, Business with Marketing, Financial Services, Global Trade and Business, Mechanical Engineering, Travel and Tourism and Supply Chain Management.

    Applicable HND subject areas for 2nd or 3rd year entry depending on degree discipline: 

    Computing, Electronics and Electronic Engineering.

    Northumbria University.

  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Oxford Brookes University

    Applicable HND subject areas for 3rd year entry:
    Accounting, Business, Business with Accounting, Business with IT, Business with HR, Business Management, Finance and Business Management, Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Quantity Surveying.

    Applicable HND subject areas for 2nd year entry: 
    Construction Management

    Oxford Brookes University

  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

    1st, 2nd and 3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines depending on HND subject

    Applicable HND subject areas:  Business, Drama, Health Sciences, Hospitality and Media

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Roehampton University*
  • Roehampton University*

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sheffield Hallam University

    Applicable HND/ SQA Advanced Diploma Subjects for advanced entry: Accounting, Business, Events Management, Financial Services, Hospitality, International Business and Trade, Travel and Tourism, Computing - Software Development, Computing – Networking, Computing – Software Development, Computing – Technical Support, Electronic Engineering

  • Ulster University
  • Ulster University

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes.

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Subjects: Business, Business with Accounting and Business with Marketing.

  • University College Birmingham
  • University College Birmingham

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes.

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Subjects: Business, Business with Marketing, Business with Accounting, Business with HRM, Financial and Business Management, Food Science & Technology, Travel and Tourism, Events Management, Hospitality Management, Childhood Practice, Sport & Recreation, Sports Therapy, Fitness, Health and Exercise.

    One and a half years credit for Global Trade and Business – bridging semester at year 2 (level 5) followed by final year (level 6).

  • University of Bradford*
  • University of Bradford*

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Contact the University for further information

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE

  • University of Brighton
  • University of Brighton

    2nd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    3rd year considered where a top up year is available or in exceptional circumstances

    Applicable HND subject areas:  Wide range of disciplines available

    University of Brighton

  • University of Central Lancashire*
  • University of Central Lancashire*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • University of Chester
  • University of Chester

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND subject areas:  Business, Computing, Hospitality and Tourism.

    University of Chester

  • University of Chichester
  • University of Chichester

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND subject areas:  Accounting, Administration, Business, Hospitality, Logistics, Marketing, Retail, Travel and Tourism.

    University of Chichester

  • University of Derby*
  • University of Derby*

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • University of Dundee
  • University of Dundee

    2nd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines
    3rd year entry is reviewed on an individual basis upon application

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Subject areas:  Please see http://www.dundee.ac.uk/undergraduate/ for all HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Subject entry requirements. Almost all subjects covered.

    University of Dundee

  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Gloucestershire

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    Applicable HND Subject areas:

    Business, Business with Marketing, Global Trade and Business, Business with HRM, Business with Accounting, Electronic Engineering, Computing: Networking, Computing Software Development, Computing Technical Support

  • University of Greenwich*
  • University of Greenwich*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes
    2nd year entry to selected degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • University of Hertfordshire*
  • University of Hertfordshire*

    Contact the university for further information

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • University of Huddersfield*
  • University of Huddersfield*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • University of Hull
  • University of Hull

    2nd year entry
    2nd and 3rd year entry of related degrees depending on the graded units achieved.

    Applicable HND Subject areas: Business, Business with Accounting, Business with HRM, Business with IT, Business with Marketing, Financial Services, Global Trade and Business, Hospitality Management, Supply Chain Management, Travel and Tourism, Financial and Business Management, Accounting, Electronics, Computer Science, Information Technology and Engineering Systems

    University of Hull

  • University of Lincoln*
  • University of Lincoln*

    2nd year entry to selected degree programmes

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Contact the University for further information

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • University of Manchester
  • University of Manchester

    The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students achieving excellence in a wide range of qualifications, including the SQA Higher National Diploma.

    Individual courses reserve the right to judge the relevance and acceptability of qualifications when considering an application for first year or advanced entry

    University of Manchester

  • University of Northampton*
  • University of Northampton*

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Contact the University for further information

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Plymouth

    2nd year entry for Construction, Acting & Performing and Administration

    3rd year entry to all other subjects

    Applicable HND subject areas: Accounting, Administration, Business, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality, Logistics, Marketing,  Nautical Science and Acting & Performing.

  • University of Portsmouth*
  • University of Portsmouth*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • University of Salford
  • University of Salford

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Entry to 3rd year with A or B in graded units: Accounting, Business with Accounting, Administration and IT, Business, Financial Services, Financial and Business Management, International Business and Trade, Global Trade and Business, Sport and Hospitality Management, Sport and Recreation Management, Activity Management, Travel and Tourism, Hospitality Management.

    Entry to 2nd year of all degrees above with C in graded units.

    University of Salford

  • University of South Wales*
  • University of South Wales*

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Contact the University for further information

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • University of Stirling
  • University of Stirling

    Applicable SQA HND/Advanced Diploma subjects - Entry to Year 2:

    Accounting, Administration and Information Technology, Financial Services, Travel and Tourism, Computer: Networking, Computer: Technical Support, Information Technology, Creative Industries: Media and Communication, Creative Industries: Radio, Creative Industries: Television, Legal Services, Practical Journalism, Social Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences, Applied Bioscience, Applied Sciences, Applied Sports Science, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Countryside Management, Environmental Management and Sustainability, Environmental Sciences, Coaching and Developing Sport, Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sport and Hospitality Management and Music Business.

    Applicable SQA HND/Advanced Diploma subjects - Entry to Year 3:

    Accounting (INTO campus pathway), Advertising and Public Relations, Business, Computer Science, Computer: Software Development, Events Management, Financial and Business Management, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, International Business and Trade, Marketing Retail Management, Social Sciences, Travel and Tourism.

    University of Stirling

  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Strathclyde

    2nd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND subject areas:  Computing: Software Development.

  • University of Teesside
  • University of Teesside

    Teesside University welcomes applications from students who have successfully completed an HND/SQA Advanced Diploma. Applications will be considered on an individual basis. Teesside will consider advanced entry applications to the second and third year of bachelor degrees for the HNC/SQA Advanced Certificate and HND/SQA Advanced Diploma respectively.

    University of Teesside

  • University of the West of England, Bristol
  • University of the West of England, Bristol

    2nd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) welcomes applications from students who have successfully completed an SQA HND. Applications will be considered by UWE on an individual basis.

    Advanced admission to Programmes at UWE is based on the students having the right academic background and achieving the standard UWE entry requirements including those for English Language proficiency.

    University of the West of England Bristol

  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of the West of Scotland

    All HNCs/SQA Advanced Certificates and HNDs/SQA Advanced Diplomas will be considered for articulation to corresponding degrees.

  • University of Worcester*
  • University of Worcester*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • Westminster University*
  • Westminster University*

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Contact the University for further information

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • York St John University
  • York St John University

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND subject areas:  Range of Business specialisms

    York St John University

USA

  • Full Sail University
  • Full Sail University

    2nd year entry to selected degree programmes

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND subject areas:  Computing, Creative Industries, Entertainment and Media.

    Full Sail University Logo.

     

  • Gannon University*
  • Gannon University*

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • International Technological University*
  • International Technological University*

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE

  • La Roche College*
  • La Roche College*

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

  • Marquette University
  • Marquette University

    Advanced entry with HND Business (39 credits when combined with Graded Unit performance of B or above) into any Business Major

    Marquette University

  • Mt. Sierra College*
  • Mt. Sierra College*

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE

  • Northwood University
  • Northwood University

    Students with the following HND/SQA Advanced Diploma’s will gain entry into the following Majors

    HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Business – entry into Year 3, Bachelor of Business Administration – Management

    HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Marketing – entry into Year 3, Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing

    HND/SQA Advanced Diploma Accounting – entry into Year 3, Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting

    HND/SQA Advanced Diploma International Trade and Business, Bachelor of Business Administration – International

  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pacific Lutheran University

    3rd year entry to relevant degree programmes

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma subject areas: Business, Financial Services, Financial and Business Management and Global Trade and Business.

     

    Pacific Lutheran University

  • State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh
  • State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh

    2nd year entry to selected degree programmes

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Applicable HND/SQA Advanced Diploma subject area: Business

    State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh logo

  • Tiffin University
  • Tiffin University

    Tiffin University will give credit transfer and advanced entry as follows;

    2nd year entry

    HND Accounting – Entry into Year 2 (57 credits). The student will only need to complete one course to be considered for entry into Year 3. (Tiffin University programme – BBA Accounting)

    HND Business with Marketing - Entry into Year 2 (57 credits). The student will only need to complete one course to be considered for entry into Year 3. (Tiffin University programme – BBA Marketing)

    3rd year entry
    HND Business Management – Entry into Year 3 (60 credits) (Tiffin University programme – BBA Managerial Studies)

    Tiffin University