Admission to courses
All applications are considered on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. The university welcomes applications from all prospective students and aims to provide appropriate services to students with learning support needs or disabilities. Full admissions policy.
Information on minimum entry qualifications is provided in the summary information on each individual course page, please check your chosen course for required grades and further details. For most courses these qualifications need not have been gained in one sitting (please see specific entry requirements for our humanities degree).
The university has recently developed a ‘Contextualised Admissions’ policy and practice which formalises our existing inclusive approach to admissions. Contextual data provided on an application form is used to assess an applicant’s prior attainment and potential to succeed in higher education in the context of the circumstances in which their attainment has been obtained. This would apply to applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements for the course, or where there is competition for places.
We also accept a wide range of equivalent qualifications and recognise that there are a variety of routes through which qualifications may be gained and ways in which readiness for higher education study may be demonstrated. If you are in any doubt about your entry qualifications, or for guidance as to subject choice if you wish to prepare yourself for a particular area of study, contact an admissions advisor.
The university welcomes Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland and the introduction of new National Qualifications into Scottish secondary schools. Please see our admissions statement with reference to Curriculum for Excellence.