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***

What is the Access Programme?

Our Access programme allows mature students who do not have the right qualifications a route in to studying for a degree. 

You will gain:

  • A qualification that can give entry to a degree instead of Highers, A Levels or similar.
  • The skills and knowledge needed to study at University

Who is Access for?

  • Mature students who would like to get a degree but have no qualifications
  • Mature students who would like to get a degree but have qualifications which are out-of-date (usually five years old)
  • Those who want to find out what university-style study is like before applying to university.

You should have been out of full-time education for at least two years when you start Access.

Whatever your studying background and learning needs and objectives, our Access tutors are here to help and support you in returning to studying.

Before you apply

  • Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (for session 2016-17) before submitting your application to ensure you are eligible to apply and that the Access course is suitable for your needs.
  • Please read the short introductions to each of the subjects to ensure you choose the right subjects for your degree intentions.

What is the timetable like?

Access students take two subjects and attend each subject once a week for 22 weeks. 

Which degrees do the Access programmes allow me to apply for?

Entrance grades for Access students have been agreed with Admissions Officers at The University of Glasgow.

Satisfactory performance in the Access programme is usually acceptable for entrance to degrees in:

  • Arts
  • Divinity
  • Law
  • Accountancy
  • Business
  • Social Sciences
  • Science and Engineering.

With additional entrance requirements, Access students may also be accepted for entry to degree-level study in:

  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Primary Education
  • Religious & Philosophical Education 
  • Social Work and Psychology. 

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 see Frequently Asked Questions (for session 2016-17) for more information.

Who is best suited to take an Access course?

Students who are best suited to studying on Access typically have been away from full-time education for more than two years.

Since our Access programme is part-time, students need to have good personal and time-management skills.

Which subjects can I study on an Access course?

We provide a range of academic subjects for you to choose from to study, mirroring the sort of subjects you study at University. These are:

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

Access to Arts and Social Sciences programmes

Each student selects two subjects 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;
  • 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. Students can choose from these core classes: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Each class is three hours.

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

When do classes begin?

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

What are the fees for Access programmes?

The Access programme fee for 2016-17 is:

  • UK/EU Students - £480

Is there any funding available?

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, see: Access PTFG processes( for session 2016-17).  

Further information

Contact us

For more information, contact the Access Team:

  • Email: Openstudies-Access@glasgow.ac.uk 
  • Telephone: 0141 330 1830.
  • Address: Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow, St Andrew’s Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH