Gateway to Arts 2020 entry

The Gateway to Arts provides supported entry into degree-level study at St Andrews for applicants under 21 who have narrowly missed our minimum entry grades or have progressed to a further education college straight from school. 

Our flexible degree structure allows students who wish to study any of the subjects offered in the Faculty of Arts to enter on this route and progress into a full degree programme at the end of year two.

The Gateway programme also offers advice and support to help ensure that students make the transition into university life.

How to apply

UCAS code


Course type

An integrated pathway into year three of a full degree programme.

Course duration

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.


Tuition fees for 2020 entry

2020 fees are not available yet for this course. More information on tuition fees can be found on the undergraduate fees and funding page.

Accommodation fees

Find out about accommodation fees for University accommodation.

Funding and scholarships

The University of St Andrews offers a number of scholarships and support packages to undergraduate students each year.

Find out more about undergraduate scholarships.

Visit St Andrews

If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.


Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 25 September 2019
  • Wednesday 2 October 2019
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019
  • Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • Wednesday 30 October 2019

Student life

From the outset, the University of St Andrews offers an array of events and opportunities which result in a truly unique student experience. Students participate in a range of traditions, notably, the red academic gown and the academic family, where older students adopt first year students as ‘children’ and help guide them in a system of mentoring. These traditions and the choice of over 150 sports clubs and student societies to choose from ensures a community feel amongst students from first year onwards.

The town of St Andrews itself has lots to offer. As the campus is located in town, walking around you encounter ancient and modern buildings and areas of greenery and seaside which provide a rich, beautiful backdrop to learning. If you want a change of scenery, St Andrews' position near surrounding towns and cities such as Anstruther, Dundee and Edinburgh make it ideal for getting to know more about Scotland.

Find out more about student life at the University of St Andrews.

Contact information

University of St Andrews 
St Katharine's West
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AX

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2150


Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).