Information for Teachers and Advisers

Being placed in a position to advise and guide someone through the university application process can be daunting but it can also be extremely rewarding.

We recognise that you might - and should - have questions to ask about how to gain entry to the University. We are a highly competitive university, which means we cannot guarantee a place to all who apply. We can, however, provide you with information and advice to help you guide your applicants and ensure that they submit the best possible application that they can.


Entry Requirements

The academic requirements to be considered for entry to the University vary depending upon which course(s) an applicant is applying to. All of our entry requirements are available online. It is also important that school pupils who are interested in eventually progressing to university select the appropriate subjects to study in their senior years at school. The University's Recruitment and International Office have compiled a useful Subject Guidance for the Senior Phase document which we recommend that all potential school-leaver applicants read.


Contextual Data in Admissions

The University is strongly committed to widening access to students from a variety of backgrounds. We aim to consider academic achievement within the context in which it was gained. As such, students from certain postcode areas, schools, or who have spent time in local authority care may be eligible for consideration on a slightly reduced set of entry requirements. Read more about how we use contextual data in admissions.


CPD Sessions for Advisers

At certain points of the year we may be able to offer Continuing Professional Development sessions to teachers at schools which have a low progression to Higher Education rate, or staff at Further Education colleges. In October 2014, we hosted a session on how to write an effective UCAS reference. The teachers in attendance found the session very useful: for example, one participant stated that the workshop was "An excellent session that was helpful and very interesting". For more information, please contact


16 Nov 2016 Seminar with the Principal

On Wednesday the 16th of November our Principal, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, welcomed teaching colleagues from schools across Scotland to the University for an update session on our committment to Widening Access. The presentations featured on the day are available here.

Welcome from Dr Veena O'Halloran 

Our Widening Access Strategy 

Writing Effective UCAS References