Higher and Further Education

Edinburgh has the most highly educated workforce of any major city in the UK.

In 2014, 46.3% were educated to degree level. Only 4.9% of the population possessed no qualifications. The Edinburgh area has four universities:

• Edinburgh (27,620 students enrolled in 2014)

• Napier (12,690)

• Heriot-Watt (10,890)

• Queen Margaret (5,215).

A further education college, Edinburgh College, had 22,092 students enrolled in 2014.

Queen Margaret University is within the corridor area. It contains a student village on site that is home to 800 students. Queen Margaret University offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of healthcare; drama and the creative industries; media, communication and sociology; and business and enterprise. Queen Margaret University was ranked 59th best University by The Guardian in its 2015 University Guide rankings.

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In 2014-15, 72% (1,100 from 1,525) of those taking Modern Apprenticeships in Edinburgh completed the programme.

In 2014, 24% of Midlothian’s workforce was educated to degree level, while 9.8% had no qualifications. Midlothian is home to two further education providers: Edinburgh College (Eskbank Campus) and Newbattle Abbey College.

In 2014-15, 70% (310 from 440) of those taking Modern Apprenticeships in Midlothian completed the programme.

In 2014, 25% of the working age population of the Scottish Borders was educated to degree level while 5.7% had no qualifications. A greater proportion of school leavers from the area (69%) go on to higher and further education than in Scotland as a whole.

Borders College is the regional further education college for the Scottish Borders. Situated in Galashiels (the main campus), Hawick, and St Boswells, it had 4,590 students enrolled in 2012-13. The college also hosts Heriot-Watt University’s world-renowned School of Textiles and Design.

With the advent of the railway, Borders College intends to increase the number of students in its Hospitality and Tourism Academy (in partnership with Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh College) and also widen its curriculum for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and construction.

In 2014-15, 76% (280 from 370) of those taking Modern Apprenticeships in the Scottish Borders completed the programme.