Access Programme

Is the Access Programme right for you?

There are many reasons to choose the Access Programme at the University of Edinburgh.

Access students celebrating


The Access Programme is for adult returners who do not already have an undergraduate degree, and who do not need a visa to live and study in the UK.

The Access Programme might be right for you if:

  • you want to study a degree but maybe haven't completed Highers, A-levels or equivalent qualifications;
  • you've had a continuous gap of at least 3 years at some point in your formal education;
  • you're excited by learning and keen to develop your skills and confidence.

If you are intellectually curious – if you enjoy thinking about ideas and exploring new ways of seeing the world – and if you are ready to study in a more formal way, then Access could be for you.

Top 5 

Why study the Access Programme at the University of Edinburgh? Here are our Top 5 reasons!

1. The University of Edinburgh is ranked within the world's top 50 universities. We're 15th in the most recent QS World University rankings.

Six months after graduating, 94 per cent of University of Edinburgh students are in employment or postgraduate study.

3. The programme provides an entry route to over 150 degrees within the University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This includes degrees in business, law, international relations and English literature.
4. You will be a fully enrolled student at the University of Edinburgh. You will have access to all of the University’s academic, support, social and sporting facilities.
5. All teaching takes place in small-group sessions alongside other Access students and throughout the programme you will receive dedicated one-to-one and group support from designated wellbeing and support officers.


Find out more about the Part-time Access Programme now