Progress from Diploma to Degree

SQA's Diploma to Degree programme is a proven route for students to progress onto the second or third year of an undergraduate Degree, following successful completion of an SQA Advanced Diploma.

Why choose SQA's Diploma to Degree pathway?

The SQA Advanced Diploma is a short cycle Higher Education qualification which enables advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in universities around the world. Students can study for an SQA Advanced Diploma in their home country before progressing onto a related undergraduate degree, either within their home country or at an international destination.

Many 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.

International Recognition

SQA’s Advanced Qualifications are aligned to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The SCQF is a way of comparing qualifications; it covers achievements such as those from school, college, university, and many work-based qualifications. The SCQF also illustrates the relationships between Scottish qualifications and those in the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond, which can clarify international progression routes and credit transfer. SQA’s Advanced Qualifications have also been evaluated by The Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI), World Education Services (WES) and UK NARIC.

SQA Advanced Qualifications

SQA qualifications are recognized on the Scottish Credit Qualification Frameworks (SCQF) and offers many certificates including the two-year Advanced Diploma (SCQF Level 8) in Architectural Technology, Business with Accounting, Computing: Software Development, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering in RAK Campus.

SQA Advanced Qualifications are internationally recognised higher education qualifications at certificate and diploma level. They provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills such as information technology, communication, and problem solving that a university or employer would expect you to have. They have been developed to meet the skills needs of employers and the requirements of education professionals. An SQA Advanced Diploma is equivalent to the first two years of a degree and enables advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in SQA’s partner universities and higher education institutions.

Practical Learning: SQA Advanced Qualifications aim to develop the high-level transferable skills and academic knowledge required for degree study or work. They use practical approaches to learning, with study methods including project and assignment work, group work, presentations, and case studies.

Assessment: SQA Advanced Qualifications use a variety of assessment methods, such as an written exam, case studies, project, investigation and/ or a practical assignment. Assessment is quality assured through internal verification by internal verifier and external verification by SQA external verifier.

Certification: On successful completion of your SQA Advanced Qualification, student will receive:

  • An SQA certificate stating the title of the qualification studied
  • A listing of all the units passed and the graded unit award

Once you have successfully achieved your SQA Advanced Qualification you have a number of options. You can progress on to the second or third year of a related undergraduate degree with one of our university partners. Many students study for an SQA Advanced Diploma before progressing on to a related undergraduate degree. This can be a cost-effective route for those looking to gain international experience while achieving a degree. Successful graduates can study with world-leading universities. SQA’s progression partners (pictured below) recognise SQA Advanced Certificates and Diplomas, and provide advanced entry onto related degree programmes. Please note that individual universities may ask for additional entry requirements.

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