About entry requirements

About entry requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

Our Entry Requirements are expressed as 'Standard Academic Entry Requirements', and for some degree programmes, 'Minimum Academic Entry Requirements'.
The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting any non-academic Entry Requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made.

For some degree programmes, offers (either conditional or unconditional) may be made below the standard academic entry requirements. The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades that must be achieved for an offer to be considered.

Non-Academic factors

We consider all information within the UCAS application when making our admissions decisions. This will include evidence in your personal statement and your supporting reference of your readiness for higher and your suitability for your chosen degree programme. If you are applying to a professional or vocational degree programme you should demonstrate, through your personal statement, a clear understanding of the profession, supported by, for example, evidence of any work experience or work shadowing as well as wider achievements such as volunteering or community work. We do recognise that not all applicants have equal access to such opportunities.

Offers will only be made to applicants if they meet both the academic and non-academic entrance requirements.

Please see individual programmes in the Degree programmes A‑Z for the specific entry requirements for each programme.

The University accepts a wide range of UK, EU and International Qualifications. The A-Z pages detail the specific entry requirements for each degree programme, and specify any specific subjects required as part of the entry qualifications. Except where expressly stated, all entrance requirements must have been attained at ONE sitting of the examination.

Extraneous or extenuating circumstances

The University of Glasgow Admissions Policy sets entry tariffs (grades) that must be achieved at one sitting (one year). This applies to all qualifications, from all countries and exam bodies.

Exceptions to this policy will be considered, where there are genuine extraneous or extenuating circumstances such as family bereavement, applicant illness, serious illnesses within the family or other significant family or personal circumstances. Any extraneous or extenuating circumstance should be notified to the University as part of the application process, via email direct to the Admissions Department, and/or inclusion in the UCAS application (explicit reference in the personal statement or school reference). Extraneous/Extenuating circumstances will not be considered after submission of the application (or any rejection made by the University), unless it can be proven that the relevant event occurred during that specific time period.

Where an extraneous/extenuating circumstances has been properly notified to the University, the following process will apply:

  1. The Admissions Department will request appropriate documentary evidence to be provided. This may include letters from GP's, Consultants, Social Work Department, Schools or Colleges.
  2. Upon receipt of appropriate documentary evidence, a meeting will be held to consider the specific case. This meeting will include the Head of Admissions (or Deputy Head of Admissions), Senior Admissions Officer and appropriate admissions Officer. This meeting will decide:
    1. If the extraneous/extenuating circumstance should be upheld; AND
    2. In the event that the extraneous/extenuating circumstances is upheld, what alternative offers should be made to the applicant.
  3. No applicant will be admitted below tariff even where there is a valid extenuating circumstance. The applicant will be made an offer which:
    1. Achieves the standard entry tariff over 2 sittings (cumulatively); OR
    2. Ignores the first sitting outcome and allows the applicant to attain the standard entry tariff at his/her second sitting.
  4. The approach adopted in point 3 above will depend on the individual circumstances and severity of the case. The revised offer will be approved by the Head of Admissions or Deputy Head of Admissions.

Access Programmes

See Widening Participation for information about University of Glasgow widening access programmes.

International students

International students will find more information about studying at Glasgow on the International students site.

Mature students

UCAS provides useful tailored information about university study at www.ucas.com/students/wheretostart/maturestudents

Scottish Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Scottish Baccalaureate and the Interdisciplinary Project. Offers on the basis of individual component Highers and Advanced Highers within it. Additional Highers may also be required at B or above. 

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate and the Core. The Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and two A-levels is accepted for many programmes. 

SQA Higher National Qualifications: HNC or HND

The University of Glasgow welcomes applications from students who have studied (or are currently studying) Higher National qualifications at Further Education colleges.

The document linked below details the degree programmes which accept HNC or HND qualifications, specific HN qualifications that are accepted, and the entry level (1st or 2nd year) to which applicants with required grades will be admitted. It also details any additional entry requirements: such as SQA Highers.

All HN applicants the University are required to attend and pass the University of Glasgow Summer School. This will be made a condition of any offers made.

As with all entry qualifications, HN qualifications must have been awarded within 7 years of the date of entry to the University. 

Extended Project

The University very much values the Extended Project and its role in preparing students for a successful higher education experience. We do not frame any offers in terms of the Extended Project.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

We welcome applicants offering the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma. Combinations of individual Pre-U subjects and A-level subjects are acceptable if three subjects are offered overall. Typical offers are likely to require two subjects at minimum D3 and one at M2. 

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points, nor does it make use of the tariff at confirmation.

Additional contextual data

The University has robust and equitable admissions procedures, based on all relevant academic and personal circumstances, as outlined in the application form and/or in subsequent correspondence. We carefully consider academic qualifications, the personal statement, the reference, the results of any additional tests such as UKCAT or LNAT if appropriate, and the outcome of any interview as required. We aim to ensure that potential and suitability for study are thus identified. 

Any further contextual information, for example that on care leavers and parental education, that is or may become available from UCAS forms, may be used to supplement the overall picture of a candidate, but no single piece of such information will, on its own, be conclusive in an admission decision. The additional information will be useful in terms of ensuring that adequate support is provided to students once they are on course and will assist us in ensuring that our activities in terms of outreach and widening participation are effective. 

Qualifications attained more than seven years from entry date

The University of Glasgow requires applicants to have participated in study within an appropriate period of time prior to being admitted to academic programmes. As a general rule, qualifications attained 7 years or more from the date of entry to the University will not be recognised. Applications from mature applicants are welcomed and form an important part of the University's intake, however, if their qualifications are out with this time limit they will be encouraged to gain entry through an alternative route such as the University's Access courses (see: Centre for Open Studies). This policy is designed to ensure that University entrants can cope with the academic rigour of our degree programmes.

Exam Re-marks/appeals

When the University makes a Conditional Offer to an applicant, the conditions must be met at the first publication of results.
Different practices exist in each country, whereby exam papers may be re-marked and/or appeals submitted by students (or their schools on their behalf).
The University will consider each situation individually, but is under no obligation to accept re-marked papers or appeals. Priority will be given to applicants who meet their conditions without re-marks / appeals, with the latter categories only being accepted should there be sufficient places left on the course applied for. Under no circumstances will an appeal or re-mark be considered after 31 August.

Changes to entry requirements or admissions policies

The University never changes Entrance Requirements, or Admissions Policies during an 'Admissions Cycle'.

There may, however, be changes between one year of entry and another. We endeavour to finalise all of our entry requirements on our website by early summer for admission to the University in September of the following year. This approach is designed to ensure applicants are aware of our entry requirements prior to selecting subjects in their final year at school (or college). Some changes may take place during the summer/early autumn, but all will be completed by the end of September in the year preceding entry.

Applicants are advised to continually monitor our website to ensure they have the most up to date information. Advice provided by the Admissions Department (or other communications) which relate to Entry Requirements or policies in place for a prior year, will be superseded by the website changes.