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Coming from school

It can be difficult to know what you want to do when you leave school. University is an option that is open to everyone no matter who you are or where you come from.

We're here to help you figure out what you want to do and the best way for you to get there.

Am I a widening access student?

If you’re at high school and one of the statements listed below applies to you then yes, you are a widening access student. Find out more:

Widening access students may also be eligible for an adjusted offer.

SHEP – Schools for Higher Education Programme

SHEP is broken down into four main groups:

  • Aspire North - Aberdeenshire, Highlands, Moray, Orkney and Shetland
  • Focus West - Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, the West
  • LEAPS - Borders, Edinburgh, Forth Valley, the Lothians
  • Lift Off - Dundee and Angus, Fife, Perthshire

Each group works with schools to raise aspirations and awareness of the opportunities available to the pupils they work with. Use the links above to find out if your school is part of the SHEP programme.

The University works closely with all four programmes to help support their pupils in a variety of different ways.

Adjusted offers

Widening access students may qualify for an adjusted offer based on the minimum entry requirements for a course. So if you are studying Highers, the grades you need for the course could be up to two grades lower than the typical Highers grades listed on our course pages. See our admissions policy for more detail.

Here’s an example of how it works:

For SQA Higher Qualification, the minimum entry requirement is adjusted by up to two grades

Adjusted offers
SQA Higher Typical Entry RequirementSQA Higher Minimum Entry Requirement

Get in touch

You probably have loads of questions about coming to university. Just get in touch – we’re here to help.

UK and Europe Student Recruitment
2C3, Cottrell Building, Stirling, FK9 4LA

+44 (0) 1786 467046

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