Students — where to study

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

The SQA 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.

Worldwide recognition

SQA HND is widely recognised around the world as being the equivalent to the first two years of undergraduate study.

The World Education Services (WES US and Canada) considers the Higher National Diploma as comparable to completion of two years of undergraduate study at a regionally accredited institution in the US and Canada.

The World Education Services (WES US and Canada)

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 HND 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 has partnered with a number of highly regarded international institutions. These Institutions recognise the SQA HND for advanced entry and will provide the students with a quality learning experience.

Please note: Many more institutions accept the SQA HND 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 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

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  • Griffith University
  • Griffith University

    Applicable HND 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 Southern Queensland*
  • University of Southern Queensland*

    3rd year entry to applicable Degree disciplines

    Contact the University for further information

    *Agreement negotiated by our Chinese partner, CSCSE.

Canada

Europe

Hong Kong

New Zealand

South Korea

United Kingdom

  • Abertay University
  • Abertay University

    2nd year entry may be offered for other appropriate HNDs.

    3rd year entry to applicable degree disciplines.

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

    Abertay University

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sheffield Hallam University

    Applicable HND subject areas 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

  • University College of Birmingham
  • University College of Birmingham

    2nd year entry to Administration

    3rd year entry for all other HNDs

    Applicable HND subject areas:  Administration, Business, Hospitality, Marketing and Tourism.

  • 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 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 Dundee
  • University of Dundee

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

    Applicable subject areas:  Please see http://www.dundee.ac.uk/undergraduate/ for all HND 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 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 applicable Degree disciplines

    Contact the University for further information

    *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 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 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 SQA HND. 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 SQA HNC and HND respectively.

    University of Teesside

  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of the Highlands and Islands

    The final admission decision will always rest with the receiving University

  • 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 HNC and HNDs will be considered for articulation to corresponding degrees.

  • 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

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