Our one year full-time HNC Social Sciences is an Associate Student Scheme, run in partnership with QMU. Students who successfully complete this course will progress to Year 2 in certain undergraduate programmes at QMU. Students may also choose to apply to Year 1 undergraduate courses in other universities. This course is available on a residential and non-residential basis.

What is an Associate Student?

Newbattle Abbey College and Queen Margaret University (QMU) have developed a new way to achieve a degree. As an Associate Student, you will be fully enrolled as a QMU student from day one, but you will study the first year of your degree course at Newbattle Abbey College to complete an HNC.

What are the benefits for me?

If you are unsure about making the leap from school to university, studying at college can be a good way to prepare yourself. One of the benefits for you may be that you get to study for a year in smaller classes than university. As you work through your HNC, the college will prepare you for the more independent learning style and the academic standards required at university.

If you have been out of education for a while, or have been working in industry, and now want to gain a relevant qualification, college may also be a more suitable entry route for you. Colleges specialise in helping people returning to education after a break, and learning styles are a lot more vocational and practical. The first year of the Associate Student route is designed to reflect these types of learning styles.

You may have found that your Higher results after school were not good enough to get you into university, or they were not up to date if you took your school qualifications a while ago. The Associate Student routes offer entry to Queen Margaret University degrees with slightly lower entry qualifications as the first year is spent at college.

As you progress through your HNC course, we will arrange visits to the university campus, workshops on academic skills and guest lectures – this will ensure you are prepared for your transition to 2nd year at Queen Margaret.

You will be in a class where there are other Associate Students, so you will be able to make friends with the people who you will study with for four years, before joining a bigger cohort of students at Queen Margaret in 2nd year.

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Or explore our other courses in Arts and Social Sciences:
Access to Higher Education (SWAP)
Primary Education Access to Higher Education (SWAP)
Preparation for Further Education


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