Our full-time HE attainment rates are the highest in Scotland. It’s Official!!

The Scottish Funding Council published data about Scottish colleges in the autumn last year and in January 2017.  The data shows we’re one of Scotland’s top performing colleges in a number of categories.

Student attainment is at a record high level for our Higher Education full-time students.  Our average attainment rate is the highest in Scotland at 77.4%.  Our students either go straight into jobs at the end of their course or progress to further study in the college or at university.  Last year a record number of our students progressed directly to either year 2 or year 3 at a Scottish university. Our students tell us that ‘brilliant learning facilities, the best of tools and equipment’ and ‘staff who are genuinely interested in everyone’ contribute to the successful completion of their qualifications.

Students from the 20% most deprived areas, under the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, achieve record high attainment rates at our college.  Their attainment averages 76% against a Scottish average of 65%.  We’ve a strong focus on supporting students from all backgrounds and abilities to unlock their potential and achieve the best they can, helping them to move into good jobs and other positive destinations.

The third area where we as a college excel is in students’ progression to positive destinations at the end of a course.  92% of our students progress to a positive destination, with a higher than average proportion going straight into a good job.

Our Principal, Stewart McKillop said:

“The published data from SFC demonstrates the college’s strong performance.  We’ve developed a very positive ethos with a great staff team who achieved Platinum Investors in People last year.  We also were awarded a Green Gown Award for our pioneering work on sustainability.  All our positive initiatives undoubtedly contribute to very positive student success.  We focus on three things:  having satisfied students, delivering effective skills training that leads to jobs, and promoting sustainable behaviours for the future.  We’ve excellent industry links and often employers contact us directly when they’re recruiting. We provide high quality education and training for our students who do well both during their time at college and afterwards in terms of going into good quality employment or progressing to further study.  I’m delighted the SFC data demonstrates the very positive outcomes for the college and our students. However, as always we’ll be looking to see how we can make these and other positive outcomes for students even better.”

Data on the performance of our College and other Scottish Colleges may be found on the Scottish Funding Council website at:


and on our website at:

Key Performance Indicators