Further education colleges offer courses for people over the age of sixteen, involving school-level qualifications such as Higher Grade exams, as well as work-based learning.
Higher education colleges offer degree-level courses, such as diplomas.
Scottish colleges are funded primarily by the Scottish Funding Council, with tuition fees paid by individual students or their sponsors.
Not included in this list are a number of colleges which became affiliated with the UHI Millennium Institute, a grouping of further education colleges mostly located in the Highlands, in 2001. Since January 2011, these 13 colleges are now officially federated as constituent colleges of the University of the Highlands and Islands upon being granted university status.