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New programme offers another chance to study

A new programme will help adult returners to learning who want to study at Edinburgh but who haven't yet got the necessary qualifications.

The University has launched a part-time initiative for adults who wish to study Humanities & Social Sciences or Art & Design after taking time out of education.

Delivered by our Centre for Open Learning, the Access Programme is open to people who have yet to complete Highers, A-levels or an equivalent qualification.

To qualify for the course, students must have had a continuous gap of at least three years in their formal education.


Commitment to learning

The course forms part of the University’s ongoing commitment to widening participation.  It is aimed at people who are excited by learning and keen to build their skills and confidence.

Students will need to devote around 20 hours each week to their studies, from August 2018 to May 2019. This includes attending around seven hours of tutor-led classes plus independent study, and additional activities and visits.


As a former access student myself, I know first-hand the potentially life-changing benefits that university can bring. This exciting Access Programme creates opportunities for people who have always wanted to go to university, no matter what their background.

James Mooney, Access and Outreach Development Director at the Centre for Open Learning

Flexible approach

Options for daytime and evening classes are available, and classes would be held at our Holyrood campus.

The full programme fees are £636, for which funding may be available.  Prospective students may be eligible for funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) which would cover the majority of the programme fees.

Eligibility for SAAS funding can be checked at their website.


Find out more

Centre for Open Learning Access Course 

SAAS website 

Centre for Open Learning

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences