Access Programme

Access Programme

**PLEASE NOTE: Access 2016-17 is now closed. We are not able to accept any more applications for this academic year. Application forms and information for 2017-18 will be available early in 2017***

General information

More and more adults are going to university and completing their degrees. Students on our part-time Access programmes come from a range of backgrounds with different learning needs and objectives:

  • some have no qualifications
  • some have qualifications which are out of date (usually more than five years old), and
  • some want to find out what university-style study is like before applying to university.

Whatever your studying background and learning needs and objectives, our Access tutors are here to help and support you as you return to studying. To find out more about what studying on Access is like, see: "Access changed my life".

Below we give details on how to apply. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (for session 2016-17) section for lots of further information and answers to many of your questions and concerns. You must read the FAQs BEFORE submitting your application to ensure you are eligible to apply and that the Access course is suitable for your needs. Short introductions to each of the subjects are linked below. You should read these also, to make sure you make the best possible choice of subjects for your degree intentions.

Access Programmes

Access students take two subjects and attend each subject once a week for 22 weeks. The timetable, showing which subjects are taught when, is available - see link in above section. Entrance grades for Access students have been agreed with Admissions Officers at Glasgow University; and satisfactory performance is usually acceptable for degrees in Arts, Divinity, Law, Accountancy, Business, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering. Access students may also be accepted for entry to degree-level study in Music, Nursing, Primary Education, Religious & Philosophical Education and Social Work and Psychology; but for each of these degrees applicants will need to satisfy additional entrance requirements. Our Access Programmes may also be considered for entry to degree programmes at other universities. However entry requirements may diff­er and it is advised that you contact the university of your choice to confirm these. Please seeFrequently Asked Questions (for session 2016-17) for more information

Since our Access programme is part-time, students need to have good personal and time-management skills. It is likely therefore that the students who will be best suited to studying on Access will be those who have gained the wider life-experience that will enable them to manage this form of independent learning - typically having been away from full-time education for more than two years.

We provide a range of academic subjects for you to choose from to study - mirroring the sort of subjects you study at University. BiologyChemistryClassical Studies , EconomicsEnglish Literature (d)English Literature (e)History of ArtLawMathematicsMedieval HistoryPhilosophyPhysicsPoliticsPsychology (d) ,Psychology (e)Scottish HistorySocial and Economic HistorySociology (d)Sociology (e)Theology & Religious Studies.

* (d) denotes daytime class; (e) denotes evening class

Access to Arts and Social Sciences

Each student selects two different subject options from: Classical Studies, Economics, English Literature (d), English Literature (e), History of Art, Medieval History, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology (d), Psychology (e), Scottish History, Social and Economic History, Sociology (d), Sociology (e) and Theology and Religious Studies 

Students on this programme may choose any two subjects from the list. However:

  • Students wishing to study Arts at University should consider taking at least one subject from: Classical Studies; English Literature, History of Art, Medieval History, Philosophy, Scottish History, Theology & Religious Studies;
  • and students applying to study Social Sciences (except Psychology – see below) should consider taking at least one from: Economics, Politics, Psychology, Social and Economic History, Sociology.

These are not formal requirements, but will help you gain a better understanding of what you hope to study. In the cases of Psychology and the MEduc degree (Primary teaching) there are some formal requirements, Please see Frequently Asked Questions (for session 2016-17) for more information

Access to Law, Business and Accountancy

This programme of study is intended for students hoping to study at University in these more professional/vocational areas:

  • Students wishing to apply to study Law at University should normally take Law and any one other subject from the Arts & Social Sciences list;
  • Students applying to Business & Management at University may take any two subjects from the Arts & Social Sciences list (but may also opt to take Mathematics from the Science programme as one of their subjects);
  • Students intending to apply to take Accountancy should normally take Economics and Mathematics.

N.B. Access Mathematics is not suitable for people with absolutely no previous knowledge. You should have Mathematics equivalent to Standard Grade (Credit level) or Intermediate 2 or National 5

No previous knowledge is necessary for any of the subject options on either the Arts & Social Sciences programme or the Law, Business & Accountancy programme (except for Mathematics, see below); and no previous qualifications are required before being accepted onto the Access programme.

Access to Sciences, Engineering and Nursing

We provide the skills and background necessary for you to survive as a student on Sciences Engineering & Nursing degrees. We concentrate on core subjects and emphasise why they are interesting and useful and meet in three-hour classes: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

Students on this programme choose two subjects as follows:

  • Students intending to apply for any of the Sciences should take any two options from the list. Students may take both Chemistry and Physics only if they can show a strong academic grasp of Mathematics (e.g. A or B at Higher attained within the last five years);
  • Students intending to apply for Engineering take Mathematics and Physics;
  • Students intending to apply for Nursing take Chemistry and Biology.

Applicants wishing to take Chemistry and/or Mathematics options should have at least a Standard grade or Intermediate 2 or National 5 in that subject, or equivalent knowledge e.g. from work experience. These subjects are not suitable for people with no previous knowledge. Please see Frequently Asked Questions (for session 2016-17) for more information

Enrolment and Fees for the Access Programme

Classes for the Access programmes commence in the week beginning Monday the 26th September 2016

Access programme fee for 2016-17:

UK/EU Students - £480

Some people may be eligible for the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland ( SAAS)  Part-Time Fee Grant (PTFG) which will pay £428 towards the cost of the Access course.  For full details on fees and assistance with funding please see Access PTFG processes( for session 2016-17).  Please see full details on using the SAAS Part- time Fee Grant  at

Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow, St Andrew’s Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH

The Access Team can be contacted for any additional information by emailing or by telephoning 0141 330 1830.