List of further education colleges in Scotland

List of further and higher education colleges in Scotland is a list of further education and higher education colleges in Scotland. Most colleges provide both levels of qualification.

Further education colleges offer courses for people over the age of sixteen, involving school-level qualifications such as Higher Grade exams, as well as work-based learning.

Higher education colleges offer degree-level courses, such as diplomas.

Scottish colleges are funded primarily by the Scottish Funding Council, with tuition fees paid by individual students or their sponsors.

Not included in this list are a number of colleges which became affiliated with the UHI Millennium Institute, a grouping of further education colleges mostly located in the Highlands, in 2001. Since January 2011, these 13 colleges are now officially federated as constituent colleges of the University of the Highlands and Islands upon being granted university status.

College Location Founded Notes
Ayrshire College Ayr, Kilmarnock, Kilwinning and Largs 2013 Merger of Ayr College, Kilmarnock College and the Kilwinning and Largs campuses of James Watt College
Borders College Galashiels, Hawick, Jedburgh and Newtown St Boswells 1984 Merger of the Agricultural Centre at Newtown, Duns Agricultural Centre, Galashiels Technical College and St. Boswells and Henderson Technical College
City of Glasgow College Glasgow 2010 Merger of Central College (previously Central College of Commerce, Glasgow College of Nautical Studies and Glasgow Metropolitan College — itself a merger of Glasgow College of Building and Printing and Glasgow College of Food Technology)
Dumfries and Galloway College Dumfries and Stranraer 1973
Dundee and Angus College Arbroath and Dundee 2013 Merger of Angus College and Dundee College [1][2]
Edinburgh College Dalkeith and Edinburgh 2012 Merger of Edinburgh's Telford College, Jewel and Esk College and Stevenson College, Edinburgh
Fife College Cowdenbeath, Cupar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Leven, Lochgelly and Rosyth 2013 Merger of Adam Smith College, Carnegie College and the Elmwood campus of SRUC. Not to be confused with the former Fife College which merged into Adam Smith College.
Forth Valley College Alloa, Falkirk and Stirling 2005 Merger of Clackmannan College and Falkirk College
Glasgow Clyde College Glasgow and Rutherglen 2013 Merger of Anniesland College, Cardonald College and Langside College
Glasgow Kelvin College Glasgow 2013 Merger of John Wheatley College, North Glasgow College and Stow College
Glasgow School of Art Glasgow 1845
Leith School of Art Edinburgh 1987
New College Lanarkshire Coatbridge, Cumbernauld and Motherwell 2013 Merger of Cumbernauld College and Motherwell College. Absorbed Coatbridge College in 2014.[3]
Newbattle Abbey College Dalkeith 1937
North East Scotland College Aberdeen and Fraserburgh 2013 Merger of Aberdeen College and Banff and Buchan College
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Glasgow 1845
Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) Aberdeen, Ayr, Broxburn, Dumfries, and Edinburgh 2012 Merger of Barony College, Elmwood College, Oatridge Agricultural College and the Scottish Agricultural College [4][5] The Elmwood Campus in Cupar was transferred to Fife College in 2013.
South Lanarkshire College East Kilbride 1948
West College Scotland Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley 2013 Merger of Clydebank College, the Greenock Campus of James Watt College, and Reid Kerr College
West Lothian College Livingston 1965 Relocated from Bathgate to Livingston in 2001

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  1. ^ "Four new Scottish regional colleges created". BBC News. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  2. ^ "College mergers will boost employment". Scottish Government. 1 November 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
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  4. ^ "Agricultural colleges merge to create training hub for rural industries". STV News. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Colleges Announce Their Decision to Merge". SRUC. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2014.