Access Programme

Progression to Degree Study

Successful completion of the Access Programme can result in progression to a degree programme within the University of Edinburgh.

During the Access Programme, you will be able to apply to degree programmes. You can apply to undergraduate degree programmes in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

These include:

  • Art and Design-based subjects, including (but not limited to) Animation, Fashion, Painting, Photography and Textiles
  • Humanities subjects,  including (but not limited to) History, Law, Philosophy and Scottish Literature
  • Social Science subjects, including (but not limited to) Community Education, Politics, Social Anthropology and Social Work

To search all degrees within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, please visit the University of Edinburgh Degree Finder.

Degree Finder

Please remember that the Part-time Access Programme only supports entry to degrees found in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are a small number of degrees offered by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences which are not covered by the Access Programme. These include degrees which require a high level of competence in mathematics (e.g Economics and Architecture and languages degrees).

Applying to Degree Programmes

UCAS is the UK agency for undergraduate admissions, and you need to apply online through UCAS for all full-time degrees. During the Access Programme, your Personal Tutor will help you complete your UCAS form and provide an academic reference for you. This is done before the end of semester 1 to meet the UCAS deadline. On your UCAS application, you may be able to apply to other universities as well as the University of Edinburgh.

The Access Programme is supported by the University and we will work hard with you to try and ensure that your application is successful. However, we cannot guarantee that you will be made a university offer and will advise you on other options if you are unsuccessful.

Entry Requirements for Degree Programmes

Each degree programme will have its own entry requirements. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with them ahead of application.

Offers from the University of Edinburgh are likely to ask for students to pass all the courses on the Access Programme and achieve an overall average of 55% or above from your Semester 2 courses. If you require Statistics for your chosen degree programme, you will also need to pass this course with at least 50%.

Applicants for Art and Design degrees also need to submit a digital portfolio of their work to the University by the end of January 2019. This is assessed and if your portfolio is successful, you will also need to pass all the courses on the Access Programme and achieve an overall average of 55% or above.

Other universities might make different offers – we will be able to answer your questions and help you to choose which offer to select if this is the case.

Where can the Access Programme take you?

A Student's Perspective

"I hadn’t studied at all since I left secondary school – I left at 16 with four O levels – so the access course gave me a superb foundation in essay writing, study skills and critical thinking...I’m currently working as an Investment Analyst for a large Edinburgh-based fund management firm."

More Information

If you have any questions about whether Access can provide entry into a particular degree programme, please contact Admissions at for advice.