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Entry
requirements

See below for all our entry requirements to undergraduate courses at the University of Stirling.

  • Highers and other Scottish qualifications

    We make offers on the basis of Highers, though Advanced Highers can be a way of meeting entry requirements if you're unable to meet them with Highers alone. A grade C or above in Advanced Higher will translate as an upgrade to the Higher grade achieved. If you have an Advanced Higher without the relevant Higher, you'll normally be asked for grade B in the Advanced Higher.

    We make offers based on grades rather than tariff points.

    We do accept Highers taken over two sittings, although you may be asked for a higher grade if you have repeat or upgrade examinations.

    Core skills

    Core skills are encouraged, but are not normally listed as separate entrance qualifications in any offer we would make.

    Credited entry Advanced Highers

    It may be possible for students with three Advanced Highers to be offered Year 2 entry.

    It's also possible for applicants with two Advanced Highers to join in January with partial-year credit, if your examinations are in relevant subjects with good grades.

    If you're interested in this option contact the Admissions team and look at the individual course pages for further detailed entry requirements.

    Scottish Baccalaureate

    Entry to year 2 of a degree course may be possible but depends on the subjects taken within the Interdisciplinary Project and the grades achieved.

    Comparing Scottish Qualifications with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

    The SCQF is a way of comparing the wide range of Scottish qualifications. It covers achievements such as those from school, college, university, and many work-based qualifications. It does this by giving each qualification a level and a number of credit points. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. The credit points show how much learning is involved in achieving that qualification. Each credit point represents an average of 10 hours of learning.

    The SCQF can help:

    • you decide how you progress in your learning
    • you understand qualifications you are not familiar with
    • employers understand different types of qualifications and help with the development of your skills
    • colleges and universities identify the level that has been studied in a particular subject and make it easier to transfer credit points between different learning programmes
    • provide recognition of other areas of your learning that may contribute to your personal development and your goals for the future.

    All Scottish universities and colleges are now using SCQF levels and credit points to describe their courses, if these are included in the Framework. A wide range of other learning is also being recognised using SCQF levels and credits. Some employers are also using SCQF levels instead of, or as well as, types of qualification when they advertise jobs.

    The SCQF also helps to illustrate the relationships between Scottish qualifications and those in the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond. This can clarify opportunities for international progression routes and credit transfer. The SCQF has recently been referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), meaning that there is now an easy way to compare the level of qualifications of the countries in Europe who have developed a National Qualifications Framework.

    For more information visit The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework website.

  • A-levels

    We will express offers in terms of A-level grades. You can also check our course pages for specific A-level entry requirements.

    Offers will normally be made on a basis equal to three A-levels, although all applications will be considered individually and offers may be given with less.

    We make offers based on grades rather than tariff points.

    If you are re-sitting or upgrading some A Levels, we may increase our normal entry requirements.

  • Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs)

    We consider applications from a range of college courses including Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diplomas.

    Higher National Certificate (HNC)

    It's possible to gain advanced entry from an HNC into Year 2 of a degree course for some subject-related degree courses.

    Higher National Diploma (HND)

    It's possible to gain advanced entry from an HND into Year 3 of a degree course for some subject-related degree courses.

    HNDs from England, Wales and Northern Ireland require merits and at least two distinctions in all units. Year 3 entry will require 50 percent of merits/distinctions in second-year subjects. Double units will be considered as two merit units. You should indicate clearly the double units taken. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact our Admissions team for advice on your course.

    For further advice and guidance please contact our Widening Participation Manager, or view our course list.

  • BTEC Extended Diploma

    Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted and can be considered in combination with A Levels.

  • Access courses

    The University of Stirling is a long-standing member of the Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) and works across the East and West regions to support students throughout the application process. Applications from students on courses approved by SWAP East and SWAP West are warmly welcomed. Entry requirements differ depending on what degree you want to apply to and what course you are currently studying. You should consult the relevant SWAP progression routes documentation in consultation with your lecturer to find out more.

    All students on the University of Stirling Access programme are guaranteed a place at the University as long as you successfully complete your programme with the minimum entry requirements. Please note that your first subject of choice may not always be offered. If we feel you are not quite ready for full-time study you may be offered part-time entry initially.

    If you are not on an approved SWAP access course, we recommend that you get in touch with our College Liaison Manager to find out what your options are.

Other United Kingdom qualifications

Other UK qualifications, for example degrees from UK universities, including the Open University, and some professional qualifications are recognised as satisfying entrance requirements.

  • Key Skills

    Whilst encouraging Key Skills, we have no plans to list these as a separate entrance qualification in any offer made.

  • Advanced Diplomas

    We welcome the new Advanced Diplomas and we're accepting these as suitable entry requirements. We're asking for specific grades in the Diploma and Additional Specialist Learning (ASL) component. Certain subject restrictions occur for some subjects.

    For further details please refer to the UCAS Course Search facility for the University of Stirling.

  • Foundation Apprenticeships

    Foundation Apprenticeships are considered to be equivalent to one SQA Higher at Grade B.

General entry requirements

See our minimum requirements we require for entry to the University of Stirling. Please see specific course pages for our current asking grades.

Credit for previous qualifications

We award credit on admission for certain qualifications gained before coming to Stirling which means you may be able to shorten the length of time at University to get a degree.

Year 2 entry

Direct entry to year 2 is available for some courses to applicants with the appropriate qualifications.

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