Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Widening access

Information on widening access applicants and admissions.

We believe everyone deserves an equal opportunity to study at Edinburgh.


We are committed to widening access to higher education and admitting the very best students, who demonstrate the potential to benefit from, and contribute to, the academic experience we offer. This means that no student is admitted on the basis of grades alone. 

We use data from a number of sources, along with information on the UCAS application, to identify applicants for additional consideration in our admissions process - widening access applicants. 

We consider you to be a widening access applicant if you:

  • live in a target postcode area, or
  • attend a target school or college, or
  • attend the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP), or the University of Edinburgh Access Programme, or
  • are care experienced, or
  • have refugee status or are an asylum seeker

Based on these factors, there are two types of flags that we can assign to a widening access application: “Plus flag” and “Flag”. You can find out more about all of these terms, and see if we will consider you to be a widening access applicant, on our Access Edinburgh pages.

Access Edinburgh: widening access offers

University of Edinburgh Access Programme