Access Programme

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Access Programme.

Applying to the Access Programme

When will I know if my application is successful?
After submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement from the Admissions team that they have received your application. We will contact you as soon as possible if we would like to invite you to interview. After the interview, we aim to contact you with a final decision within 30 days.
When do applications close for 2020/21
Applications for the 2020/21 programme have now closed. Applications will open again for the 2021/22 programme in Autumn 2020.

Progression to Degree Level Study

Will the programme prepare me for ANY degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh?
No, some degrees within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have additional admission requirements that are not included in the programme. These include some language degrees and joint degrees with mathematics.  For more information, please email us at
Can I apply for an Art and Design degree?
Yes. You will need to submit a digital portfolio when you are ready to apply to your chosen degree programme. If this is successful, you will be able to progress to Art and Design degrees. Your Personal Tutor will help and advise you with your UCAS application during the first semester of the Access Programme.

Fees and Finance

When do I pay the programme fee?

Fees must be received by Friday 25 September 2020.

If you are expecting SAAS funding, evidence that you have been granted the award must be presented in-person to our Reception no later than Friday 25 September 2020.

More information about payment of fees can be found in the Access Terms and Conditions.

What are the programme dates?

The Access Programme will begin week commencing 18 August 2020 and run up until 28 May 2021.

You can learn more about the programme dates by visiting the Programme Dates page.

If you have any questions which are not answered on the programme’s webpages, please contact the Admissions team at