Information for Adult Returners and College Applicants

We recognise that not everyone progresses to University direct from school; and there are a range of other options for those returning to education after some time out, or for those who have left school without the required grades for entry to the University.

University of Glasgow Access Programme

The University of Glasgow Access to Higher Education Programme is a part-time, online access programme which provides a pathway into undergraduate study at the University of Glasgow.

Those who have been out of education for 3 years or more, or who meet one of our Widening Participation criteria, are eligible to study on the Access Programme.

Access can enable progression on to our professional degree programmes, including Nursing, Primary Education and Law, or into a wide range of degrees across the Arts, Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering.

We offer a wide range of academic subjects on Access, with students taking two relevant subjects to allow them to progress on to their degree of choice. In addition to their two Access subjects, students will engage in our Skills, Support and Progression programme.

Students who study on our Access Programme will receive a UofG student number and student card, a UofG email account, access to our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and full use of the incredible UofG Library. For further information, please visit the Access Programme webpage. If you have any questions, get in touch directly by emailing

SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme)

The University of Glasgow was one of the founding partners of the Scottish Wider Access Programme; a partnership of Universities and Colleges that provides opportunities for adults with few or no qualifications who want to study at University.

Full-time SWAP Access courses run in Colleges across the west of Scotland, providing adult returners with valuable routes of entry into a huge range of degrees offered at the University of Glasgow, such as: Arts, Social Sciences, Teaching, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering

There are also specialist SWAP Programmes available for those interested in the high demand professional degrees offered at the University of Glasgow, such as: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, Dentistry and Law.

All SWAP Access programmes contain a valuable ‘Prep for HE’ element, helping students prepare for the transition to University; and students will also benefit from the opportunity to attend bespoke sessions run by University of Glasgow staff on the University campus throughout their SWAP course.

For further information see the SWAP West website. You can also email SWAP directly at, or phone them to find out more: 0141 564 7206.

HNC/HND Applicants

The University of Glasgow welcomes applications from students who have studied (or who are currently studying) Higher National Qualifications (HNCs or HNDs) within Colleges.

This HNC / HND Entry Requirements document details the University of Glasgow degree programmes which accept HNC or HND qualifications; the specific HN qualifications (and grades) that are accepted; and the entry level (Yr1 or Y2) to which applicants with the required grades will be admitted. It also details any additional entry requirements, such as SQA Highers.

Please note, all HN applicants to the University are required to attend and pass the University of Glasgow Summer School. This will be a condition of any offer made.

As with all entry qualifications, HN qualifications must have been awarded within 7 years of the date of entry to the University to be accepted as meeting entry requirements.


The University of Glasgow has also established Articulation Programmes, in partnership with local colleges, which allow students on bespoke HNCs to articulate directly into Year 2 in specific subject areas (Life Sciences, Social Sciences/Arts, & Engineering).

For further information on these routes offering direct entry to Yr2, see the HNC Articulation Programmes webpage.