Colleges are vital to our economic growth and success, providing students with skills to help them into jobs and creating the highly-trained workforce that employers need. They are also a major employer in their own right.


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We provide overall strategic direction to Scotland's colleges, which are classed as public bodies and grouped into 13 regions.

Ministerial priorities are set out in an annual letter of guidance for colleges. This includes placing greater emphasis on college courses that lead to employment.

Funding is distributed by the Scottish Funding Council and each college region must produce an outcome agreement setting out what it plans to deliver in return for this.

Bills and legislation

The Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act 2013 put in place a number of measures to change the way colleges are governed and structured and create better job chances for students.

Archive content

To access information that was on the previous website see the archive of colleges content.


Email: ceu@gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Scottish Government
Advanced Learning and Science Directorate
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU

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