Access route opens doors for study

A new programme is helping people who want to study at Edinburgh, who feel they may have missed their chance.

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

Delivered by the University’s Centre for Open Learning, the Access Programme is open for 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.

The Access Programme, which has been developed by some of the University’s leading academics, will run from August to May.

Ongoing commitment

Part of the University’s ongoing commitment to widening participation, it is aimed at people who are excited by learning and keen to develop their skills and confidence.

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

Flexible approach

Classes are based at the University’s Holyrood Campus, with daytime and evening options available.

The full programme fees are £636, for which there may be funding available.

Prospective students may be eligible for funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). This will cover the majority of the programme fees.

To find out more, and check if you are eligible for SAAS funding, visit the SAAS website.

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 background.

James MooneyAccess and Outreach Development Director at the Centre for Open Learning

Related links

Centre for Open Learning Access Course

SAAS website

Centre for Open Learning

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences