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Eligibility Criteria

Access is a targeted programme with specific eligibility criteria. This webpage will help you determine whether you are eligible to apply.

Our Access to Higher Education Programme is there to provide a route into undergraduate degree study for those who have been out of formal education for three years or more.

If you have not been out of formal education for three years or more, you will still be eligible for Access if you meet one (or more) of the following Widening Participation criteria:

In addition to our Widening Participation criteria, Access students must also:

  • Live, and be ordinarily resident, in the United Kingdom and intend to progress onto undergraduate study in the UK (ideally in Scotland)
  • Not be in full time education at school or college at the same time as studying in the Access programme
  • All students for whom English is not their first language must also meet our English language requirements. Students must be capable of speaking, reading and writing in English at a level equivalent to IELTS overall score of 6.0, with no single element less than 5.5.

The UofG Access Programme is for UK residents looking to progress on to undergraduate degree-level study.

There are no progression agreements from Access currently in place for International students, so there would be no guarantee that you would be able to move on to degree study from our Access Programme. Furthermore, as Access is set up for UK students, we cannot offer any advice or guidance on visa processes, funding etc. for International students.

For more information about how to progress to undergraduate degrees at the University of Glasgow as an International student, please visit our webpage: 

Due to the time commitment required to study on the Access to Higher Education Programme, students cannot study on the UofG Access Programme whilst also engaged in full-time education in another setting (e.g. at school or college).

If you are still in school, and want to know more about the work that the UofG Widening Participation team carries out in partnership with schools, please visit our website:

If you are in college, and want to find out if your HNC/HND qualification is suitable for entry, please review the information on this webpage ( 

If you are studying any other full-time qualification, please contact our Admissions team if you require more information:

To be able to fully engage with the learning and teaching delivered on Access, students are required to have a good level of English language proficiency. If you do not meet our English language requirements you may want to build your English language proficiency (such as studying English as a Second Language at a local college) and re-apply in the future.

If you would like further details about our eligibility criteria, please attend one of our Access Information Webinars or email