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Applying for 2021 entry: Scottish Applicants

Applying for 2021 entry: Rest of UK & International

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Q. Where can I find out information on Applying to the University of Glasgow as a Scottish student?

A. “Applying for 2021 academic year entry for Scottish Applicants”

Q. Where can I find out information on Applying to the University of Glasgow as a student from England, Northern Ireland, Wales, an EU country or an International country

A.  “Applying for 2021 academic year entry for UK & International Applicants"

Q. Where can I find out information on the different stages of my application?

A. “Admissions and Communications”

Q. What is the closing date for applications for entry in 2021?

A. The closing date for applications is 15th January for all Scottish students.  Applications from students living in England, Northern Ireland, Wales, any EU country or international country will be considered up until 30 June 2021.

Q. Can I make changes to my application once I have submitted it?

A. It will not be possible to make changes to your application once you have submitted it.  Any requests to change course will not usually be considered so ensure you understand the course you are applying for and you have the potential to meet the entry requirements.

Q. I am an SQA Higher applicant, what is the minimum from S5 you will consider for an offer?

A. Generally the minimum from the fifth year to be considered for an offer ranges from BBBB to AABB. Please refer to our website for the minimum entry-level to be considered for an offer for the course you are applying for

Q. How can I know if I am going to receive an offer?

A. We will equally consider all applicants who apply by the respective deadlines.  If you meet the minimum entry for the course you are applying for, and/or you are on track to meet the University’s entry requirements, we may be able to make you an offer subject to available places.   

Q. If I am to receive an offer, when can I expect it?

A. You will receive an acknowledgement letter from the University when you submit your application. Your acknowledgement letter will stipulate the timing of the offer that may be made to you.

 Q. Do you know what fees will apply to an applicant applying from an EU country now that the UK has left the EU?

A. We await revised legislation and guidance in relation to Fee Status and will publish our 2021/22 policy as soon as possible.  EU students that meet our criteria for EU Fee Status for 2021/22 and beyond will have an International tuition fee applied and may require to obtain a student visa to study in the UK.  Fee Status, tuition fees and immigration requirements will be advised in your offer letter.

Q.  I am unsure about my fee status and the level of fee I will pay for my course?

A.  If we are able to make you an offer your fee status will be made clear on your offer letter.  If the fee status is not as you expected, it will be possible for you to request a fee status assessment by completing an online form.  Links to the online form will be made available in your offer letter. 

Q. Do you consider the content in my personal statement in deciding whether you will make me an offer?

A.  All information included in your application form is very important towards considering whether we can make you an offer.  The information you provide in your personal statement may be considered for subjects that are high in demand and will definitely be considered for the professional subject areas such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry.  Please refer to the respective webpages from more information on applications to the professions.

Q. Will you consider my application if I have re-sits?

A. We would recommend you do a re-sit when the re-sit you wish to take is required as a mandatory subject, and you do not currently have the grade required. Re-sit applicants will be considered for an offer on a case-by-case basis.

Q. Do qualifications have a shelf-life?

A.  We would recommend that if your qualifications are older than seven years, you undertake a course in preparing for University studies such as the GU Access course, SWAP Access course, OU credits.

Q. Where can I find out which subjects the University considers as a Humanities and which ones it considers as a Science?

A. Please click on the link to show how subjects are categorised.

Q. Are they any subjects that I may have studied that would not be considered? 

A. Please click on the link to show how subjects are categorised.  We cannot always consider applications and make offers where there are more than two subjects considered as “General” subjects from the fifth year.

Q. I am an applicant from a priority postcode, will I be made an offer on qualifications and grades alone?

A. No, you will also have to undertake a widening participation program and the detail of this will be stated in your offer.  Please refer to for more information on our Widening Participation programmes.

Q.  How can I send additional documents to the University to do with my application?

A.  The University has an applicant self-service portal that you can upload documents to.  Details of how to do this will be sent to you in your acknowledgement letter and the relevant documents required will be requested in your offer.

Q. What HNCs are accepted for the different areas of study?

A. Please refer to

Q. Can I apply for Year 2 entry with an HNC?

A. There are very few areas that we accept Year 2 entry based on an HNC. We do accept applicants with a relevant HNC with an ‘A’ in the graded unit to the MA and BSc programmes in Dumfries.  We also have articulation arrangements in place allowing Year 2 entry to Engineering (BEng only), Life Sciences and Social Sciences.  Please refer to Access Glasgow for more information on our Widening Participation programmes.

Q. Are there any areas of study that do not accept an HNC?

A. Applications to Accounting, Engineering, International Relations, Law, Mathematics, Psychology do not accept entry with a HNC qualification.  For the professional areas such as  Dentistry, Medicine, Vet Medicine and Vet Biosciences HNCs are also not recognised for entry.

Q. Can I defer my place?

A.  You may request to defer your place only once your place has been confirmed (ie you are an Unconditional Firm applicant), up until 31 August 2021, but it is not automatically granted.  Deferrals are not considered for Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine courses and generally not considered for Teacher Education degrees. 

Q. If I apply for entry in 2022 because I wish to take a gap year and then change my mind is it possible to have my place confirmed for 2021?

A. No, it will not be possible to change your year of entry once you have applied. 

Q. I have extenuating circumstances will I qualify for an adjusted offer?

A. If you have extenuating circumstances that have had a detrimental impact on your studies we will be able to review your circumstances and consider whether an adjusted offer can be made.  It will be possible to complete an online form once you have submitted your application.  Your extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by a University Panel and documentary evidence will be requested as appropriate.

Q. Do you consider transfers from another University?

A.  Generally we do not consider transfers from another University unless there are extenuating circumstances.  All transfer requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and where they may be granted entry beyond the first year is unlikely.  It is recommended that students currently studying at another UK institution should apply through UCAS for Year 1 entry by 15 January 2021 closing date to ensure that if the transfer request is unsuccessful, you may be considered for Year 1 entry. 

Q. I am an IB applicant and I am undertaking the new Maths courses. Are both Mathematics courses within the IB considered for entry?

A.  If the entry requirements for your course include Mathematics as a mandatory requirement at HL6/SL6 we will accept Analysis and Approaches. Applications and Interpretations will not be considered where a mandatory Maths at HL6/SL6 is required.  However, where a lower level of mandatory Maths is required such as for applications to Psychology and Economics, we will accept Applications and Interpretations at SL4.

Q.  I am applying for a course that requires an interview. How will the interviews be conducted under the circumstances of COVID-19?

A.  It is likely interviews under the current COVID-19 restrictions will be carried out online. Details of the interview process will be provided in your interview invite if you are successful in being invited for an interview. 

Q. Is Advanced Entry available in all subjects?

A.  No, advanced entry is not available for all subjects. Advanced Entry is established for all BEng and MEng Engineering courses with the exception of Electronics with Music, Civil Engineering with Architecture and Electronic and Software Engineering.  It is also possible for Computing Science and Mathematics.  If it is not an established pathway we would encourage applicants to apply for Year 2 entry who have outstanding grades.  If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application is unsuccessful, you will automatically be considered for Year 1 entry.  You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application. 

Q. I am interested in applying to Law. Is the LNAT required as a condition of entry for 2021?

A. The LNAT is required as a condition of entry for 2021.  We understand that Pearson Test Centres which host the LNAT test worldwide may experience closures during the remainder of 2020 and 2021 and is likely to impact International students only.  As such, if you cannot reasonably travel to a test centre to sit an LNAT test during the test availability period of 1 September 2020 to 31 July 2021, the University of Glasgow may waive this requirement.  To be considered for an LNAT waiver we would ask you to complete the LNAT waiver declaration which will be available on our website soon.