An integrated pathway into year three of a full degree programme.
Two years full time
- Start date: 7 September 2020
After successful completion of year two, students will progress directly into year three of one of our named degree programmes within the Faculty of Arts.
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
No prior knowledge is needed for the Gateway to Arts programmes. Applicants should have studied a range of subjects relevant to their intended degree interest. Some subjects, however, may require previous knowledge.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
How to apply
Typically, candidates for Gateway to Arts are Scottish domiciled students under 21 years of age who have narrowly missed the standard entry requirements due to external factors.
Students under 21 from outside of Scotland should apply directly to the course of their choice.
Typical entry requirements
Typical academic entry requirements could be one of the following:
- SQA Highers: BBBB in relevant subjects
- HNC: B in graded units.
Offers will be determined on individual applications and the course being studied. Offers will take into consideration contextual admissions information as well as academic performance.
Minimum grades at Highers, Advanced Highers or HNC qualifications can be taken over more than one sitting.
Typically, candidates for Gateway programmes and meet some, if not all, of the following contextual criteria:
- live in an area of deprivation as defined by the Scottish Government as SIMD20
- attend a low progression school
- are care experienced as defined by the local authority
- are a registered young carer
- are in final year of full-time education or have progressed to further education college directly from school.
Applicants under serious consideration for this route will be required to attend an informal meeting with a member of the Admissions team and a member of academic staff to discuss their application and particular circumstances in more detail. This interview will form part of the contextual decision making process.
Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.