Admissions and COVID-19
Cancelled Higher exams in 2021
Following the Scottish Government's announcement that Higher exams will be cancelled in 2021, we'd like to reassure you that the University continues to assess applications in line with our published entry requirements.
We understand you may have queries about your Higher results and your offer. Unfortunately, we can't provide you with further information about this process now– but you will be advised of contacts by the SQA nearer the time.
Our Admissions and Access Team will assist you with queries about your grades or your offer after you receive your results.
Candidates can register for an appeal with the SQA from 25 June 2021 and should do so by 12 August 2021 to get a priority
On this page
- Postgraduate academic evidence
- Deferring your start
- Changing your course
- How you'll be taught this year
- Deposit refunds
- English language testing and requirements
- Open days
- Live chat support for offer holders
We understand universities and schools have been affected by COVID-19. We will accept digital copies of documents. If you have any concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will consider deferred entry request at any stage of the application process – but this will depend on place availability.
Similarly, if you applied for deferred entry but want to come this year, we will consider this request. This also depends on availability.
You can do this on the portal. You will find guidelines on how to defer your offer. Alternatively, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting your UCAS ID (undergraduate) or student number.
Sometimes people change their minds about what they want to study. Any course change request will be considered on a case by case basis depending on the availability of places. Applicants should contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following advice from the Scottish Government, the University is developing a blended learning model. This will combine online interactive learning with some socially distanced, face-to-face teaching where we can. Find out more about how you'll be taught.
If you can't enrol because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption, you will be entitled to a full deposit refund in the following circumstances:
- you cannot meet your offer conditions
- your economic circumstances have changed
- travel restrictions are in place
If you choose to defer, your tuition fee deposit will be carried over.
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your English language skills as part of our entry requirements. Specific English language requirements are listed on each individual course page. See an overview of the English language qualifications we accept.
IELTS tests and exams
The University accepts a wide variety of alternative English language tests. For the latest information relating to dates for IELTS tests, please refer to the IELTS website.
For booking an IELTS test in China, you can find exam details on its official site. To find exam availability, please visit the IELTS application portal where it updates the availability of exam spaces every day.
We know visits to the University are an important part of decision-making for students so we have a number of virtual open days for undergraduate and postgraduate students to attend.
We continue to be guided by Scottish Government advice. If there are changes to the number of people allowed to attend an event safely, then we will endeavour to host on-campus events later in the year.
Our next Virtual Undergraduate Open Days are on Saturday 18 September and Saturday 23 October 2021.
Our next Virtual Postgraduate Open Day will be in Autumn 2021.
Chat to us if you have questions about teaching, safety, accommodation or start date changes. Offer holders can find us on the portal, 10-12 pm (BST) and 2-4 pm (BST), Monday to Friday.