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Additional Funded Places (AFP) scheme at D&A

The additional funded places (AFP) scheme is funded by the Scottish Funding Council, with the aim of widening access and increasing articulation into university, as well as supporting key sectors of the economy.

Students on the AFP scheme complete their first one or two years of study at D&A College completing a relevant HNC or HND, before going on to complete a degree with a designated university.

Students on the AFP scheme are guaranteed a place on the corresponding degree course on successful completion of their HNC/D.

AFP scheme at D&A

What courses and degrees are part of the AFP scheme at D&A?

We currently have AFP schemes with University of Dundee, Abertay University, Napier University and Robert Gordon University.

Apart from the University of Dundee one, all of these schemes are open for you to apply to when you come on your chosen HNC/D (see ‘How can I become an AFP student?’ below for more details).

The current pathways open to college applicants are:

Abertay University (entry to year 3)

  • HND Computer Arts and Design > BA Computer Arts
  • HND Civil Engineering > BSc Civil Engineering
  • HND Computing-Software development > BSc Computing
  • HND Business > BA Business Management

Napier University (entry to year 3)

  • HND Digital Design and Development > BSc (Hons) Web Design & Development

Robert Gordon University (entry to year 3)

  • HND Software Development > BSc (Hons) Computing: Application Software Development
  • HND Cyber Security > BSc (Hons) Cyber Security/BSc (Hons) Computer Network Management & Design with Cyber Security
  • HND Computer Games Development > BSc (Hons) Computing Application Software Development / BSc (Hons) Digital Media
  • HND Digital Design and Development > BSc (Hons) Digital Media
  • HND Accounting > BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance/BA (Hons) Management with Accounting
  • HND Business > BA (Hons) Management/BA (Hons) Management with HRM/BSc Hons Management with Marketing

University of Dundee (entry to year 2)

  • HNC Applied Science > BSc Environmental Science
  • HNC Applied Science > BSc Life Science
  • HNC Social Science > MA Humanities
How can I become an AFP student?

If you want to become an AFP student with Abertay, Napier or Robert Gordon universities, talk to your lecturer about it during recruitment or as you start your course – they can share information about how to progress as appropriate.

There are a limited number of places on each pathway, so the sooner you register your interest the better.

For the University of Dundee programme, you apply through UCAS.

What happens if I don’t get an AFP place? Can I still come to college?

Yes, you can still come to college – your college offer still stands.

There will still be opportunities for you to progress on to a degree if you successfully complete your HNC/D – see information on articulation for the various pathways available.

What benefits are there to being an AFP student?

As well as being on a pathway to a degree, there is a range of other benefits to being an AFP student.

  • A university student ID card
  • Full access to the relevant university library, including borrowing rights
  • A university IT account
  • Access to the university social and sporting facilities
  • Invitations to attend various events for AFP students
  • Associate Students can obtain a student bank account

Students will also meet regularly with the relevant university staff, who will help with any questions, organise and lead workshops on research and study skills and support transition from college to university. The workshops are organised at a time that fits with students’ college timetable.

Contact us

To find out more about AFP/articulation or if you have any questions about the pathways, please contact our Academic Partnerships team on