The UK has two distinct education systems: one for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and one for Scotland. Each is compatible with the other. The British universities are diverse, ranging in size, mission, subject mix and history. They are self-governing and independent and have their own degree-awarding powers. They also decide about the conditions of entry for the students. Higher education colleges also vary in size, mission, subject mix and history. Like universities, they are self-governing and independent.