Curriculum for Excellence

The University of Stirling welcomes the Senior Phase of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and recognises the importance of this landmark change in Scottish Education.

The University is committed to fair admissions policy and practice. We give equal consideration to candidates regardless of educational route to qualifications for entry to University.

We have reviewed our entry requirements in light of the potentially diverse routes through Senior Phase and have made some adjustments to our admissions policy and criteria. These are outlined below along with other general guidelines which should be considered when preparing to or applying to the University of Stirling.

Guidelines for admission

Minimum entry requirements

We publish our minimum entry requirements in our undergraduate prospectus and on our website. The University of Stirling is an academically competitive university and we receive many more applications than we have places. Therefore achieving our minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Our preference is that pupils consider the overall relevance of their subject choices given their intended degree. We do also specify particular subject requirements which are a pre-requisite for studying particular programmes at university.

How we make our decisions

An applicant’s academic profile is the most significant element in our decision making. We also consider the personal statement, the reference and context that a pupil achieves in. For some of our courses there are other selection criteria, which are outlined in our prospectus and on our website.

Number of sittings

The University frames its minimum entrance qualifications in terms of one or two sittings. One sitting applies to Highers taken in S4 and S5 combined. Two sittings are defined as the achievement in S4, S5 and S6 combined.

National 4

University entry requirements and selection criteria will not include National 4 qualifications.

National 5

We do not currently require a specific number of Standard Grades to be achieved and will not do so for National 5 qualifications. However we do require a minimum achievement at National 5 for some subjects.  Where the University currently requires a Standard Grade 2 or above we will now require a B at National 5 or above. If a pupil’s learner journey involves bypassing National qualifications we will require a Higher in that subject.    


We require a minimum of four Highers taken over either one or two sittings as an entry requirement. This requirement will not change under the new Senior Phase.

Advanced Highers and the Scottish Baccalaureate

The University of Stirling values Advanced Highers and Baccalaureates. We welcome applications into a 3-year honours degree for high achieving students who hold or are predicted to achieve three Advanced Highers. This will not change under the new Senior Phase.   

The University of Stirling will continue to review its admissions policies and practices on an annual basis as pupils enter the Senior Phase and as our students’ progress through the University and on to graduation.

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