Information and guidance can be found here on the admissions procedures for mature students interested in pursuing degree study.
A mature student can be someone:
All applications are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) and can be made up to a year in advance.
Application deadlines are as follows:
We recognise that mature applicants may not have traditional educational qualifications or may have obtained these some time ago and take varied educational and employment backgrounds into account.
There is one stipulation we make for all mature applicants - they must have undertaken recent and relevant accredited study within two years prior to entry to their chosen degree programme.
We accept a range of academic qualifications, including access programmes and open studies and encourage potential students to contact the College Admissions Office for further advice.
Applicants may take three SQA Highers at one sitting in approved subjects and obtain Grades BBB, or two GCE A levels at one sitting in approved subjects and obtain Grades BB.
Specific subjects may be required depending on the degree programme being applied for and applicants should check the current undergraduate prospectus for such requirements.
Applicants must achieve grade 2 passes in both main subjects.
Applicants to Business Studies, Psychology and Social Work degree programmes and all joint degrees including these subjects must also pass the ‘Introductory Statistics’ course or Core 4 Maths.
For particular degree programmes, such as Languages and courses requiring Maths, extra qualifications may be needed - please check with the College Admissions Office.
Further information on this Access course can be found on the Part-time Access website.
Applicants should achieve grades BBB in the student profile.
For particular degree programmes such as Languages and those programmes requiring Maths, extra qualifications may be needed - please check with the College Admissions Office.
Further information on SWAP Access courses can be found on their website.
Credit for Entry is a flexible entry scheme involving part time study.
Applicants who have no recent study (within two years prior to entry for a degree) are asked to complete 60 credits, 40 of which must be passed with B grades in the year prior to admission.
‘Transition to Degree Study’ forms an automatic part of the offer and must be completed by all applicants who wish to pursue degree study in the College. Applicants to Business, Psychology and Social Work degree programmes and all joint degrees which include these subjects must also pass the ‘Introductory Statistics’ course. For particular degree programmes such as Languages and those programmes requiring Maths, extra qualifications may be needed. Those with recent relevant study, for example an Open University course, may not require the full 60 credits and are advised to contact the College Admissions Office for guidance.
Please note that all applicants who intend to use this entry route must inform staff in the Office of Lifelong Learning that they wish to register for Credit for Entry.
Staff at the Office of Lifelong Learning will advise you on your course choices and further information and contact details can be found on their website.
We accept some HN qualifications for entry to some degree programmes; however this depends on each particular HN qualification’s suitability for the programme in which you are interested.
Students with HNCs/HNDs in relevant subjects have been made offers to study degrees in Art & Design, Architecture, Business, Community Education, History, Law, Nursing Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Sport and Recreation Management, Social Work and Sociology.
Please note that at present, the majority of offers are made on the basis of 1st year entry only for HNC/D. Applicants with HN qualifications will normally be required to pass all units and achieve grade B in the graded unit(s). Please check with the College Admissions Office first to confirm suitability for the degree programme.
We also recognise the particular concerns that mature students can face in undertaking a degree and we provide a range of support services.
This article was published on Nov 25, 2013