The University of Stirling and Forth Valley College have joined forces to offer two new undergraduate degree courses.
The partnership will see a BA (Hons) in Heritage and Conservation Management and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biological Sciences being delivered from August this year.
Both courses are linked to key growth areas for Scotland, offering increased employment opportunities in the future.
Students will primarily spend the first two years studying at either the College’s bases at Falkirk or East Kildean, Stirling – then complete their studies at the University’s main campus on the outskirts of Stirling.
Linda McKay, the Principal of Forth Valley College, said: “Forth Valley College and the University of Stirling, working together, have forged two very attractive new programmes designed to meet the needs of key industry sectors for Scotland – Life Sciences and Tourism.
“Increasingly our employers ask for recruits with applied skills and a real understanding of the business as well, of course, as graduate qualifications. It’s that powerful combination that these integrated courses will deliver.
“The partnership approach, which will also bring into play industry partners, will add value to the experience of learners, increase their employment prospects and contribute to sustainable economic growth in our area.”
Professor Gerry McCormac, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, said: “This new partnership strengthens the links between Forth Valley College and the University.
“Working together — with key industry partners — we want to create ‘work-ready’ graduates for growing industry sectors.
“Successful applicants will be recognised as university undergraduate students throughout the entire course and have access to the latest resources on our state-of-the-art campuses.”
The BA (Hons) in Heritage and Conservation Management integrates both practical work and project experience with skills development and business management awareness to meet the academic requirements of an honours degree programme. The first two years of the undergraduate programme will be delivered by Forth Valley College from its new Stirling Campus at East Kildean, on the outskirts of Stirling. Students will then progress onto the University of Stirling for years three and four. The programme is supported by organisations such as Historic Scotland and Visit Scotland to produce highly skilled graduates for entry into the Scottish Tourism, Conservation and Heritage Industries.
The BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences offers training in areas such as animal and plant biology and biotechnology. Much of the focus is on cellular and molecular aspects, with particular emphasis on the development of practical skills. The degree has also been developed with input from the Scottish Life Sciences employers’ community who recognise the need for highly skilled graduates. This degree will particularly appeal to those with a desire to develop a career in the biosciences industries, within healthcare and in biotechnology. Students will spent the first two years primarily based at Forth Valley College’s campus in Falkirk – then complete studies at the University in Stirling.
Forth Valley College is one of Scotland's largest colleges, delivering more than 750 courses from our main campuses in Alloa, Falkirk and Stirling. It provides all-round, flexible education and training opportunities specifically designed to help individuals discover their potential at a time and pace suitable to their lifestyle and commitments. For more information, please visit www.forthvalley.ac.uk
Founded by Royal Charter in 1967, the University of Stirling was the first genuinely new university in Scotland for over 400 years. Working with academic, commercial, public, private and voluntary sector partners, Stirling is one of the UK’s leading research universities in the fields of health and wellbeing, the environment and people, culture and society, enterprise and the economy, and sport. For more information, please visit www.stir.ac.uk