Reach at the University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews works with Fife secondary schools to support S4 to S6 pupils who wish to study Medicine, Economics, Management or Psychology as part of the Reach Scotland Project.

Reach members will receive support and guidance throughout the university application process, aiming to give pupils the tools, know-how and confidence to stretch themselves and succeed in higher education. The Reach Project at the University of St Andrews provides advice regarding school subject choices and a variety of events and workshops to learn more about studying Medicine, Economics, Management or Psychology. Pupils who take part in the programme will also benefit from longer term schemes to develop study skills and knowledge, as well as the ongoing support of the Reach team.

Parents and teachers are also welcome to get involved. The project aims to give parents the tools and knowledge to support their children through the university application process. Schools, teachers and careers advisers are also encouraged to contact the team at for assistance. 

Pupils registered on the Reach project can join the Facebook group. You can also follow us on Twitter.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to become a member of the Reach project, you should meet two of the following criteria:

  • You attend a school that does not send many pupils on to university.
  • You receive Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
  • Your parent(s) did not attend university straight from school.
  • You have spent time in care.
  • You are a young carer.
  • You are a refugee.
  • You show the ability and commitment and have the right profile of subject choice to progress to selective areas of study.

The University of St Andrews currently works with partner schools throughout Fife, these include:

  • Auchmuty High School
  • Beath High School
  • Dunfermline High School
  • Glenrothes High School
  • Glenwood High School
  • Kirkcaldy High School
  • Levenmouth Academy & Community College
  • Lochgelly High School
  • St Andrew’s R C High School
  • St Columba’s R C High School
  • Viewforth High School
  • Woodmill High School.

You could also be eligible for the Reach project if you attend the following schools:

  • Balwearie High School
  • Bell Baxter High School
  • Inverkeithing High School
  • Madras College
  • Queen Anne High School
  • Waid Academy.

 Email to find out if you are eligible.

How can I register?

Please complete the Reach Project application form (Word, 95 KB) and return by email to, or by post to the following address:

Reach Project
University of St Andrews
St Katharine’s West
16 The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AX

When joining Reach, please be aware that photographs may be taken at Reach events, and ‌that as a Reach member you consent to these being used in Reach publicity.

Please also be aware that by joining Reach, you consent to your progress being tracked should you apply to university. This 'tracking' will not affect any application you make to any university, and the information will be used for statistical purposes only. These statistics can then be used to judge the success of the project and identify areas for expansion or improvement. No information that identifies an individual or their university choices will be published publicly or made available to a third party.

If you would like more information regarding the Reach Project, please get in contact by emailing or calling 01334 46 2346.

How will I be supported?

Once on this programme, you will have access to a variety of St Andrews-based Reach activities, including:

  • student shadowing day
  • subject specific taster sessions
  • a variety of workshops using University facilities
  • UKCAT and interview preparation days
  • e-mentoring.

In addition, there will be a programme of Reach activities and events within schools and the community, for example:

  • after-school workshops
  • after-school tutoring sessions
  • opportunities to gain work experience
  • UCAS application advice
  • personal statement advice
  • information sessions for parents.

How do I sign up to activities?

In the weeks prior to events, we will email you an invite to attend. This will provide information about the event and a timetable for the day. You only need to attend events which are relevant to you. You can attend as many or as little as you like. Be sure to check your email regularly as well as your junk and spam folders in case our emails end up there.

Gateway to Medicine Programme

Reach pupils are eligible to apply for our Gateway to Medicine programme.

The School of Medicine at St Andrews offers a Gateway to Medicine programme which is a one-year programme taught in the Faculty of Science with contributions from staff in Medicine.

The purpose of the Gateway to Medicine is to promote the uptake of higher education, specifically among those groups that are traditionally under-represented at this level. The Gateway provides the opportunity for students who have completed S5 and just missed out on the grades required for medicine to study at first year undergraduate level. The Gateway year is an alternative to S6. Students who meet the requirements for progression will transfer onto the Medicine programme at the University of St Andrews.

The School of Medicine has more information, including entrance requirements and support available on the programme.

If you are interested in the Gateway to Medicine programme or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or alternatively call 01334 462346.