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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 can also be eligible for an adjusted offer.

SHEP – Schools for Higher Education Programme

SHEP is broken down into four main groups:

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 or you can see the full list on the SHEP website.

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

Focus West Top-Up Programme

Applications from Top-Up pupils at Focus West schools with Scottish Funding Council funding are warmly welcomed and considered on their individual merits. If you’re not sure if this applies to you then have a look at the SHEP schools list.

We’ll look at performance in the Top-Up Programme in August when Highers results are received and offers are confirmed.

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.

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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