Candidate Eligibility

Everything you need to know about ScotGrad candidates

Group of Excellent Graduates

Graduate Placement Programme

Candidates are eligible to apply if they have graduated with an HNC, HND, degree or postgraduate degree from anywhere in the world within the past four years. There is no age restriction.

Summer Placement Programme

Candidates will be studying an undergraduate course at a UK university, having completed at least their first year of studies. They don't have to be in their penultimate year to apply.

Or they have completed an:

  • HNC or HND, and intend to continue studying.
  • Undergraduate degree and intend to study further at postgraduate level (Masters, PhD).

Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme

Candidates must be a first, second, or third year student studying an undergraduate life sciences degree at a Scottish university.

International Business Explorer

Candidates must be currently studying a postgraduate qualification at a Scottish university.  

What are HNCs and HNDs?

Depending on your project you can make the placement available to graduates with either an HNC or HND qualification. A key distinction for many HNC and HND graduates is the provided standard and level of practical skills gained during their studies, making them a highly attractive option for employers. These practical skills allow for a quick and easy transition to the world of work.

Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Higher National Diplomas (HND) are work-related courses developed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in partnership with Scottish colleges, universities, industry and commerce.

Both courses are undergraduate qualifications and a HND is classified as SCQF Level 8 and one level above an HNC (SCQF Level 7). HNC/D courses are delivered by colleges and recognised by numerous Scottish universities as the equivalent of the first two years of a degree course.

They are vocationally-focussed and provide students with both practical skills and theoretical knowledge in their chosen area. Courses cover a range of subjects including accounting, business administration, childcare, computing, engineering, hospitality, creative industries, paralegal studies and sports and leisure.

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