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Pre-Entry Access Course

The course is designed for students who have completed school education and who have gained some further life or work experience, and who wish to undertake degree level study but who do not have the normal General Entrance Requirements of the University, or who have been away from study for some time. It aims to equip you with the necessary skills for undergraduate study, as well as familiarising you with what a major university has to offer.

Successful completion is accepted as an entry qualification by most courses within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences although other criteria may also be taken into account (e.g. UCAS personal statement). The university cannot guarantee that successful completion will result in an offer of study on your chosen degree programme.

No formal academic qualifications are required. As applications exceed the numbers of places available, you must complete the section in the Application form indicating why you wish to undertake the course. Some applicants may be invited for an informal interview.

We welcome students with Special Needs on to the course, and undertake to make every effort to make your educational experience rewarding. Please give details on the Application form, or contact the Course Advisor.

The course runs on Monday evenings and consists of twenty-five two hour meetings. 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 begins in September with two introductory lectures. The remainder of the sessions are split into three seven-week modules.  Within each module, at least two disciplines are on offer. In the first module you choose one of History or Business Management.  In the second module you choose one of English, Politics, Italian or French. In the third module you choose one of Psychology or Law. If you wish to apply for the LLB degree, the Law and English modules must be taken.

Assessment will be by course work (an 'open' essay of around 1000 words and three modular essays, and by a formal written examination of two hours duration).

The fee for the Pre-Entry course is £300 for entry in 2014-15. 

The course is eligible for Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs)

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The Centre can no longer offer students the option of paying class fees up-front and then retrospectively using an ILA.  ILAs must be active i.e. the Learner Year underway, before we can enrol students, who wish to use this means of funding, for a class.  Payments made in full cannot be reimbursed.


The Pre-Entry Access Course may be recognised for purposes of consideration for entry to degree programmes offered by the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow. Past students have also used the course for entry to other institutions.

If you wish further information on the Pre-Entry Access Course, please contact:

The Pre-Entry Access Course Secretary

Linda Anderson on 0141 548 4389

or e-mail