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Information for parents, guardians and families

Supporting someone through an application for university can be a challenge. With every university looking for something slightly different, finding the information you need to support your son or daughter is key. Here, you will find key information for what makes a good application to St Andrews, as well as information on the support and pathways that we offer.

You can ask us questions using the live chat in the bottom right of your screen when our team are in the office (9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday) or send them to and someone will get back to you.


  • Entry requirements
  • The UCAS process
  • Financing University
  • Accommodation
  • Careers

Entry requirements

While we look at all the information in your child or relative’s application to St Andrews, the entry requirements are an important part. So long as they meet the entry requirements, we will read the application and give it equal consideration.

Our entry requirements are set at different levels so we can take into account the context your child or relative achieved them in. You can find out which requirements they will need to meet using our qualifications indicator. You can also find out more about how we assess which requirements you need in academic qualifications explained.

St Andrews has three levels of entry requirements:

  • Standard entry grades: 
    Unless your child or relative is widening access student, they will need these grades to be considered.
  • Minimum entry grades: 
    If they are a widening access student, we will need these grades for your child or relative to be considered.
  • Gateway entry grades: 
    If your child or relative is a widening access student, they may also be eligible for a gateway programme. They will need these grades to be considered.

Be sure to read the specific entry requirements for the subject your child or relative is applying to.

Each subject will list the standard, minimum and Gateway entry requirements for Highers, A-Levels and IB. If your child or relative are studying a different qualification, look at the Scottish entry requirements.

The UCAS process

All applicants in Scotland apply to university through UCAS. Through this service, applicants fill out an application form with their details, previous qualifications and course choices, a personal statement and referee details.

Find out more about application guidelines and resources on the UCAS website.

Key UCAS information

  • Applicants can apply up to five different courses (we recommend that applicants only apply to one course at St Andrews).
  • Only one personal statement is required and is read by all the universities applied to - avoid referring to specific universities.
  • There is a character and line limit for the personal statement: 4,000 characters and 47 lines.
  • UCAS has an application fee: £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice

Information of writing the personal statement can be found on the student hub.

The UCAS application: What to expect and how to prepare

Financing university

The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) provides Scottish students with non-repayable tuition fees at Scottish institutions. You need to apply for the funding, then it will be paid directly to the University.

SAAS also provides a loan towards your living costs at university. Most of these loans will be repaid once you have graduated and are earning a salary.


Lots of applicants and students are eligible for additional funding to help them make the most of their time at university. St Andrews offers a range of scholarships, usually based on financial need or academic excellence. Unlike a loan from SAAS, recipients do not have to pay scholarships back.

Some notable bursaries and scholarships on offer:

  • St Andrews Entrant Bursaries: £1,500 per annum to all UK domiciled applicants with a household income of £34,000 or less.
  • Accommodation Award: £1,500 per annum for the duration of study for applicants with a household income of £40,000 or less.
  • St Andrews General Wardlaw Scholarship: there are a number of different Wardlaw scholarships available with the value ranging from £1,000 to £4,000 per annum, and most are for the duration of a student’s course.

Applying for scholarships

Applicants can apply for scholarships after they have applied to St Andrews through the 'My application' portal. Applicants will be sent an email with information on how to access 'My application' and the 'My Scholarships and Funding' section.

We recommend applicants apply to our scholarships sooner rather than later – applicants may hear back from our scholarship team before a decision from Admissions.

Learn more about funding your studies.

Accommodation Guarantee

The University of St Andrews guarantees an offer of university accommodation to all UK, EU and overseas first year undergraduate students, providing certain conditions are met.

St Andrews offers four types of residences:

Applications for entrant undergraduate students will open on 1 April and must be made by 30 June in the year of entry to study.

Applicants are asked to complete an online application form, where applicants answer questions on their personality. Shared accommodation is assigned to students with similar personalities, so we ask applicants to be as honest as possible in the questionnaire.

Students cannot make a direct application to a specific hall but are asked to list the four types of residences we offer at St Andrews in order of preference. For more information on completing the application form, see guidance on how to apply online.

Exploring your child or relative's future

The Careers Centre at St Andrews help both current students and graduates with work opportunities, developing skills and strengthening applications.

Every year, the Careers Centre update the graduate destinations of St Andrews. Here you will find where our graduates go from the specific subject they studied. Have a look at some of the subjects your child or relative is interest in applying to and see the number of sectors and positions they could potentially aspire to.

Hear from current students about the support available to enhance your future at St Andrews.

Have questions?

Our Admissions team are on hand to answer your questions. Start a chat with them using the blue icon in the bottom right of your screen - they are available 9am to 5pm (UK time) Monday to Friday.

If our team are not available, you can send your question to and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Some questions are best answered by our students - send yours to and one of our students will get in touch.