Ploughing a furrow for progress
Students from Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge colleges are already able to move on to the SAC, but this agreement will put a system in place to ensure more will benefit.
David McKenzie, vice-principal of the Scottish Agricultural College, which has campuses in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Ayr, said: "By working together, we have been able to simplify the procedures and make it easier for these students to progress.
"This is a major step forward which will widen access to higher education from non-traditional entrants."
Christina Potter, principal of Elmwood College in Cupar, Fife, said the new co-ordinated approach was vital for the land-based sector, where an ageing rural workforce could result in the loss of key skills.