Additional graduate and Higher National Certificate (HNC) places pledge: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

Any information (e.g. figures or civil servant briefings) on the Scottish Government's performance regarding its pledge to work "with the Scottish Funding Council to offer over 1,500 additional places on Higher National Certificate courses in colleges in 2018-19 and over 400 extra graduate level places."


In collaboration with colleagues at the Scottish Funding Council, over 1,800 HNC and over 400 graduate level, additional Early Learning and Childcare related places were provided for the academic year 2018/19. Those
places were distributed as across further and higher education institutions as set out below. Please note that graduate level courses are provided across further and higher education institutions.

College/Region Additional HNC places in 2018-19
Ayrshire College 176
Borders College 46
Dumfries & Galloway College 42
Dundee & Angus College 99
Edinburgh College 243
Fife College 183
Forth Valley College 105
Glasgow Region 172
Highlands & Islands Region 198
Lanarkshire Region 175
North East Scotland College 143
West College Scotland 200
West Lothian College 77
Scotland 1859
Graduate level  
College/Region Additional PDA (Level 9) places in 2018-19
Edinburgh College 38
Glasgow Region 51
North East Scotland College 13
Total 102
University Additional places in 2018-19
University of Aberdeen, 45
University of Dundee, 63
University of Edinburgh, 50
University of Glasgow, 47
University of Highlands and Islands, 47
University of Strathclyde, 98
University of West of Scotland, 37
Total 388


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