After successfully completing year two, Gateway students will progress directly into year three of one of the named degree programmes within the Faculty of Science.
Typically, candidates for Gateway programmes are those who have fallen short of minimum requirements and meet some, if not all of the following contextual criteria:
- live in Scotland 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
- were a registered young carer.
Typical entry requirements
Typical academic entry requirements are:
- SQA Highers: BBBB
Offers will be determined on individual applications, taking into consideration contextual admissions information as well as academic performance.
Highers can be taken over more than one sitting.
Applicants under serious consideration for this route will be required to attend an interview with a member of the Admissions team and a member of academic staff to discuss their application in more detail.
The Gateway to Science BSc (General) is a supported entry pathway coordinated by the Admissions department. Gateway students enter the first year of the programme with a specific Honours degree route in mind and will take modules relevant for that programme. They will also be required to attend an additional peer-led tutorial each week in their main degree subjects.
Gateway students have a designated Adviser of Studies who will provide support and guidance for academic matters over the first two years of study.
Gateway students also have a single point of contact within Admissions for signposting and guidance on where and when to seek help should issues arise.
At the end of the second year, if students have met all academic requirements for their chosen Honours route, they will progress to junior Honours (typically the third year of a four-year Honours course). Students who have not met the requirements will progress as per current Senate Regulations.
In the first two years of the programme, Gateway students will undertake the standard compulsory sub-honours modules for the degree they intend to complete, as well as additional subjects from the full range of modules offered in the Faculty.
See module information, teaching format and assessment for different Honours degrees on the course pages.
If Gateway students successfully progress to the Honours programme of their choice, the full range of third and fourth-year modules are available to them.
If Gateway students progress to a General degree route, they will be able to choose from third and fourth-year modules for which they meet the pre-requisites.
The University of St Andrews operates on a flexible modular degree system by which degrees are obtained through the accumulation of credits. More information on the structure of the modules system can be found on the flexible degree structure web page.
Tuition fees for 2023 have not yet been set. For fees for the current year of entry, see the undergraduate fees and funding page.
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.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
What to do next
Online information events
Join us for one of our information events where you can find out about different levels of study and specific courses we run. There are also sessions available for parents and college counsellors.
Undergraduate visiting days
We encourage all students who are thinking of applying to the University to attend one of our online or in-person visiting days.
- +44 (0)1334 46 2346
- Access and Widening Participation Team
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