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Pre-Entry Access Course 2015

This course is designed to address the needs of students who would like to study towards a degree, but who have been away from full-time education for some time and do not have the necessary qualications to get into higher education.

To be eligible for entry at least three years must have elapsed since you left school or full-time education. This is because our experience indicates that such a period allows people to develop their abilities in managing their time and commitments, and to foster the motivation to further study which is particularly important to success. In addition, it allows you time to decide upon your chosen study route and formulate your career aspirations. It is therefore important that you have adequate work or life experience outside the school system. 

The course aims to equip you with the necessary skills for undergraduate study within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Business School, as well as familiarising you with what a major university has to offer.

Course information is provided in the sections below.


The course offers a broad introduction to a range of subjects in the fields of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences.  

Within each of 3 modules, each lasting 7 weeks, the following choice* of disciplines are on offer:

Module 1: History, Business Management or Italian.

Module 2: English, Politics or French.

Module 3: Psychology or Law.

*Please note that the subjects on offer and their module allocation may change.

NB. If you wish to apply for the LLB degree, the Law and English modules must be taken.  If you wish to apply for degree programmes within the Business School you must take Business Management as a module choice.

Where and When

The course is offered in the evening, making it ideal for working students who are attracted to academic study (as well as those who are out of work). It is taught by University lecturers and also offers study advice and guidance on what to expect as an undergraduate student. Classes are held within the University’s John Anderson Campus in Richmond Street, off George Street, in the centre of Glasgow and within easy reach of railway stations and bus terminals.

The course runs on Monday evenings and consists of 25 x 2-hour meetings (6.00-8.00pm).  Further private study of 3 to 5 hours is expected of students. You will therefore require around 5 to 7 hours of commitment per week.

The course commences with an Introductory Evening in mid September 2015.

Entry qualifications

There are no formal entry qualifications for the course.  

As applications exceed the number of places available, please provide full details in your online application, paying particular attention to the statement describing why you wish to undertake the course.

Some applicants may be invited for an informal interview.


Assessment is based on coursework (a general essay of around 1000 words, plus 3 further pieces of work) and a written examination of 3 hours duration, held in May.

Onward study

On successful completion of the course you may, depending on your level of performance, be considered for entry to:

  • the full-time and part-time BA degree in Arts and Social Sciences
  • the full-time and part-time LLB degree in Law
  • certain courses within the School of Education
  • certain courses in the Business School.

Students who wish to be considered for the LLB degree course must take both the Law and English modules.

Students who do not have English as their first language must take the English module unless they have an alternative English qualification. Students wishing to apply for degree programmes within the Business School must take Business Management as one of their module choices.

Students should also note that due to the demand for places entry is competitive and that the UCAS personal statement may be used as a further selection criterion in addition to the Pre-Entry course result.

We are unable to guarantee that attainment of the required mark will result in an offer of a place on your chosen degree programme.

The Pre-Entry Access Course is also recognised for the purpose of consideration for entry to degree programmes at other universities. Entry requirements may differ and it is suggested you contact the university of your choice to confirm these.

Course fees

The current fee is £300 (payment is due after you have been formally accepted onto the course).

The course is eligible for Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) which may be used to part-fund up to £200 of the fee.

For more information about eligibility and to apply please contact Skills Development Scotland.

Please note that your ILA account must be open prior to the course start date.  We cannot offer reimbursement of course fees for ILAs that only become active after this date.

How to Apply

Applications should be made online here: Pre-Entry Online Application

Note that when you first access the application you will set up a new login, which will allow you to revisit the application later, if you wish, and edit your responses to your satisfaction before final submission.

The deadline for application is 07 August 2015.

The Centre for Lifelong Learning is committed to promoting and improving opportunities for students with disabilities.  We therefore welcome applications from those who have any needs which may affect their ability to complete the course successfully. Please ensure that you provide details in the relevant section of the application form.  If you would like to discuss your learning needs, please contact the Student Disability Service who can offer advice and support throughout your studies.


If you have further questions about this course please contact the Course Secretary, Linda Anderson (telephone 0141 548 4389 or email

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