Entry requirements

Entry requirements


Scottish Highers

The SQA Higher Entry Requirements for each subject can be found on that subject page in the degree programme A-Z.

Standard and Minimum Entry Requirements

  • The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades normally needed for an offer to be made (subject to success in any interview and/or other admissions test that is required for that subject).
  • For some degree programmes, offers maybe made below the standard SQA Higher entry requirements. The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements indicate the minimum grades that must be achieved for an offer to be considered.
  • All Highers must have been attained at one sitting of the examination

Advanced Highers

  • The majority of subjects do not require Advanced Highers but check the degree programme A to Z for the subject(s) you are interested in.
  • Where attainment at Advanced Higher is included in offer conditions, a B grade will be regarded as equivalent to an A grade at Higher, and a C grade the equivalent of a B grade at Higher.
  • Double-counting of Advanced Highers and Highers to meet entry requirements is allowed for Accountancy  & Finance and all Arts, Engineering, Science and Social Sciences subjects, and may be accepted for other subjects – check with the relevant admissions contact.

Subject specific requirements

  • All subject specific requirements at Higher and at Standard/National 5 for each degree programme can be found on that subject page in the degree programme A-Z.

A-Levels

The A-level Entry Requirements for each subject can be found on that subject page in the degree programme A-Z.

Standard and Minimum Entry Requirements

  • The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the A level grades normally needed for an offer to be made (subject to success in any interview and/or other admissions test that is required for that subject).
  • For some degree programmes, offers maybe made below the standard A level entry requirements. The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements indicate the minimum grades that must be achieved for an offer to be considered.
  • All A2 results must have been attained at one sitting of the examination

Subject specific requirements

  • All subject specific requirements at A level for each degree programme can be found on that subject page in the degree programme A-Z.

International Baccalaureate

The IB Requirements for each subject can be found on that subject page in the degree programme A-Z.

Standard and Minimum Entry Requirements

  • The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the IB points normally needed for an offer to be made (subject to success in any interview and/or other admissions test that is required for that subject).
  • For some degree programmes, offers may be made below the standard IB entry requirements. The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements indicate the minimum grades that must be achieved for an offer to be considered.
  • All points awarded for each component part of the IB must be attained at one sitting of the examination.

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. HNC / HND Entry Requirements
  • 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 to be accepted as meeting entry requirements.

Access Programmes

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


International (non-EU) students


European students

 The University welcomes applications from all European countries.


Mature students

The University welcomes applications from mature students

  • UCAS provides useful tailored information about applying to Higher  Education: http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/mature-students
  • 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. If qualifications are outwith this time limit students are encouraged to seek 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.

University transfer

The University does not accept applications from UK and EU students for the transfer of credit from another institution. Exceptions will be made only if it can be proven that a student  who is currently living away from home needs to return to their home city due to significant personal problems such as family or personal illness, bereavement or other circumstances. These situations will be considered on a case by case basis and documentary evidence, such as medical reports, will be required. All applications from students currently studying at another Higher Education Institution must be made through UCAS and applicants must have met the SQA Higher or A level entry requirements to be considered for an offer. Any offer is likely to be to year one of study, unless the degree programme offers advanced entry or faster route: see:


Graduate applicants

The University of Glasgow welcomes applicants to undergraduate degree programmes who have already completed an undergraduate degree. Attainment of an undergraduate degree does not on its own guarantee admission to another degree programme. The following criteria will be considered when reviewing graduate applications:

  • Applicants must have attained a minimum of a 2:2 (Lower second class) honours degree; AND EITHER
  • Would have met the current year (year of admission) entry qualifications prior to being admitted to their current degree programme; OR
  • Has studied a minimum of two papers in subjects relevant to the degree programme they are considering applying for (so for example, an applicant to Arts or Social Sciences will be required to have studied a two Arts or Social Science subjects as part of their degree programme). 

Please note: the University of Glasgow only recognises qualifications attained within 7 years of the proposed date of admission to the University. This includes undergraduate degrees. Applicants whose degree was attained more than 7 years from the date of entry, should apply to the University as a mature student  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.


Interviews and admissions tests

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

The selection processes for both Dentistry and Medicine involves the UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) as well as interview.

The selection process for Law involves the LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test).


Alternative qualifications

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. 

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.


Non-academic factors affecting admissions decisions

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.


Deferred entry

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other subjects deferring may be possible but is not granted automatically.


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 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 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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.


Part-time study

Part-time degrees

Our flexible  degrees are designed to allow part-time students access to a wide range of Arts or Science subjects and ultimately graduate with a MA Arts or BSc Science degree from the University of Glasgow.

We are unable to offer part-time degrees in the following subjects: Accountancy & Finance, Dentistry, Engineering, Film & Television Studies, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Medicine. OR in any of the Social Sciences MA (SocSci) degrees.

The list of undergraduate courses offered by the University is available in our A-Z course guide at www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/

Course delivery

The individual  courses which make up the degree programme follow the timetable undertaken by the full-time undergraduate students and part-time students attend the same on campus lectures, tutorials or practical sessions Part-time study is study by day, and will require attendance on several days of the week.

Level of commitment and timeframe for completing part-time studies

An honours degree, normally takes a full-time student 4 years to complete, and can be completed in as few as 6 years by a part-time student.  Full-time students study 120 credits per year, and all students are required to complete a total of 240credits before commencing honours studies.

Science part-time students are expected to commit to 80 credits per year for the first three years and then progress to full-time studies to complete the final two years of honours. 

Arts students have much greater flexibility and a part-time student can take between 20 and 80 credits per year.  The structure of the degree is discussed with the Adviser for part-time students in the College of Arts and an agreed programme of study set out.

For further advice on Arts degrees please you may contact the Adviser to part-time students, Mrs Linda Knox, at linda.knox@glasgow.ac.uk

Entry requirements for part-time applicants

The entry requirements for part-time students are generally the same as for full-time students, but if you would like us to consider any additional qualification then you may contact the admissions office at: gillian.gillespie@glasgow.ac.uk

Standard entry requirements can be found in the relevant section of our A to Z subject Pages.

It is advisable to have recent academic experience and, if you feel you need to update your qualification in preparation for degree studies, then we recommend that you consider an Access programme or relevant credit bearing courses offered by the Centre for Open Studies at the University.  Further details are available from www.gla.ac.uk/courses/openstudies/

Students with disabilities

Applicants with disabilities or special needs are considered on the same basis as all other applicants.  However, we advise applicants to liaise with the University Disabilities Service to explore any potential difficulties or access any additional support they may require. See:

 

Fees & funding

Tuition fees are charged annually and based on the number of credits studied.  Further details regarding tuition charges are available from our Registry website:

For information regarding the Part-time Fee Grant, administered by SAAS: see

How to apply

The applications for part-time degrees are not made through UCAS but direct to the University.  We have only one intake per year and this runs in line with the full-time undergraduate timetable.  The application process is open until the 31 July for possible part-time studies commencing in September of the same year.  Please contact Gillian.Gillespie@glasgow.ac.uk for further information about how to apply.