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Global Online Year One (GOYO) 2021 entry

Global Online Year One is an integrated pre-degree programme designed to give you certainty in uncertain times. Taking a combination of subject-specific first-year classes along with specialist academic skills, GOYO enables you to choose your study location and take classes online for the full 2021-2022 academic year.

Successful students can achieve a Certificate of Higher Education from St Andrews or progress onto the second year of a degree in St Andrews in September 2022.

On GOYO, students will study specialist academic skills and first-year subject-specific classes. This combination is designed to develop students’ intellectual and communication skills in line with the demands of an undergraduate degree programme. Taking advantage of some of the flexibility a St Andrews degree offers, students can study two academic subjects each semester.

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Course type

A pre-degree programme leading to a Certificate in Higher Education or progression onto the second year of a degree in St Andrews in September 2022.

Course duration

One year full time

  • Start date: 6 September 2021

Students meeting the grade requirements can progress directly into year two of one of our named degree programmes within the Faculties of Arts or Science.

Entry requirements

Typical academic entry requirements are:

  • GCE A-Levels: BBB
  • IB points: 32

For certain subjects, previous knowledge is required:

  • BiologyGCE A-Level (or equivalent) in Biology or Human Biology at grade B or above.
  • ChemistryGCE A-Level (or equivalent) in Chemistry at grade B or above.
  • Computer ScienceGCE A-Level (or equivalent) in Mathematics at grade A or above.
  • Mathematics: GCE A-Level (or equivalent) in Mathematics with grade B.
  • Physics: GCE A-Level (or equivalent) in Physics and Mathematics at grade B or above.

We also accept a range of qualifications from around the world. To be eligible for the GOYO, your national high school qualification must be obtained after 12 or 13 years of full-time education and be recognised as equivalent to AS Level or above. The typical GOYO Entry requirements - 2021 entry (PDF) are listed alphabetically by country. If your qualification is not shown, please contact for more information.

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

Some subjects require previous study of the subject. Where previous knowledge is required, it is listed in the entry requirements.


Global Online Year One is open to applicants with an overseas fee status.

Application deadline

Applications will close on Friday 13 August 2021 at 12 noon (UK time). As demand for this programme is likely to be high, applications may close earlier if the programme is full.


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Tuition fees for 2021 entry

Overseas £21,120

Students who successfully progress onto Year 2 of a degree programme at the University of St Andrews will benefit from a 'four-year fee guarantee'. After completing GOYO, they will pay undergraduate tuition fees applicable to the 2021 entry cohort, rather than those for the 2022 entry cohort, for the duration of their undergraduate studies. Find out more about 2021 entry tuition fees.

Additional fees

Students may be required to purchase additional texts and resources depending on the modules they have chosen.

What do I need?

A computer and reliable broadband internet access - these are an essential part of this programme.

Course information

Global Online Year One is a pre-degree programme taught fully online. Designed to give certainty in a year of travel and movement restrictions around the world, the programme is based on providing a high-quality educational experience that students can then use to progress directly into the second year of a degree at St Andrews.

In each of the two semesters, students will study a core academic skills module, delivered by our International Education Institute, alongside two first-year level modules taught by our academic Schools.

During GOYO, students will take modules in the academic subjects relevant to their intended Honours degree. These subject-specific modules will be taught by our academic Schools and allow students to enhance their knowledge within these subjects as well as some of the specific skills needed to study these subjects to degree level.

Each GOYO student will also be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the programme, to provide additional support during their studies.

At the end of the year, students who have met the academic requirements for their chosen degree will be able to progress onto the second year of an Honours degree. 


Students will take two academic content modules per semester based on their intended degree, chosen from the list below. All students on Global Online Year One will also take core modules in academic skills, delivered by our International Education Institute.

Details of the compulsory modules can be found below, along with the list of available optional modules in Semester 1 (September to December) and Semester 2 (January to May). All students are guaranteed entry to the modules required by their intended degree; entry into other modules may be restricted by timetabling, capacity and other constraints.

Semester 1 

  • Academic English and Study Skills 1: aims to develop students’ awareness of spoken and written academic discourse typical of disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Divinity and the Faculty of Science. Students will analyse written and spoken texts for purpose, style, organisation and use of language, and will use them as sources of ideas and models for their essays and presentations. The module provides opportunities for students to practise communicating in relevant genres, to get feedback on their performance, to reflect on their progress, and to deepen their understanding of good academic practice.
  • Plus two modules from 'Optional - Semester 1'.

Semester 2 

  • Academic English and Study Skills 2: follows on from 'Academic English and Study Skills 1' and aims to deepen students’ awareness of more sophisticated aspects of spoken and written academic discourse typical of disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Divinity and the Faculty of Science. It aims to help students understand how these are based on underlying principles of developing knowledge and higher order thinking skills. The module provides opportunities for students to engage with texts and peers to develop these skills, to write analytical and evaluative texts, to receive comment and feedback on their performance, and to show development in language, knowledge and thinking skills. This module will support students’ study on other modules they take in the Faculty of Arts and Divinity or the Faculty of Science.
  • Plus two modules from 'Optional - Semester 2'.
  • Art History - The Art of the Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe: a survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy and northern Europe from 1280 to 1580.
  • Biology - Biology 1: provides an introduction to molecular and cellular biology. It covers cell diversity and the origins of life, cellular structures and fundamental processes.
  • Chemistry - Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry: covers the origin of the elements, atoms and the Periodic Table, shapes and properties of molecules, chemistry of the elements, properties of solutions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics.
  • Classics:
    • The Greeks in a Wider World: surveys Greek history from the origins of the Greek city-states in the Archaic period (ca. 800 BCE), through the heyday of Athens’ empire and democracy in the fifth century, to Alexander the Great’s conquest of the Persian Empire. Alongside political and military history, the module tackles topics such as religious belief, sexuality, and Greek interactions with other peoples of the ancient Mediterranean world.
    • Myth and Community in Ancient Greek Literature: explores some of the most dynamic literary and artistic achievements of archaic and classical Greek culture, from Homeric epic to Athenian tragedy, comedy and philosophy.
  • Comparative Literature - The Nineteenth-Century Novel of Adultery
  • Computer Science - Object-Oriented Programming: provides an introduction to object-oriented modelling and programming using Java.
  • Divinity:
    • Theology: Issues and History: addresses a variety of themes within Christian theology. Each theme will be approached with a view to its biblical roots and historical development, its critical reception and restatement in the modern period, and its significance for contemporary theological reflection.
    • Old Testament 1: Torah and Prophets: introduces the life, literature and religion of Ancient Israel, with particular consideration of the main literary types of the Old Testament literature.
    • New Testament Greek 1: introduces the essential grammar, morphology, and vocabulary of New Testament Greek which will continue into New Testament Greek 2.
    • Science, Religion, and the Mind
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences - Planet Earth: provides a foundation into the study of Earth through a study of key elements of the planet and environmental sciences.
  • Economics and Finance - Microeconomics: explores the basics of the market system and consumer and producer behaviour.
  • English - Culture and Conflict: An Introduction to Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature: introduces a small number of texts, in prose and verse, from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Film Studies - Key Concepts in Film Studies: examines key concepts and approaches that are relevant to the study of film.
  • History:
    • The Fall of Rome and the Origins of Europe (400-1000): examines how political, cultural and social life changed in the Byzantine, British and ‘barbarian’ worlds in response to major upheavals.
    • The Early Modern Western World (c. 1450 - c. 1770): looks at continental European history in the early modern period, and the expansion of Europe.
  • International Relations - Concepts in Global Politics: provides students with some of the basic theoretical approaches and concepts used in the study of international relations.
  • Management - Organisations and Society: introduces students to three key aspects of management in the external and internal environment – understanding the business environment, people and organisations, and economic principles.
  • Mathematics and Statistics:
    • Mathematics: introduces the ideas and techniques required for further study of mathematics or applications to other sciences. 
    • Introductory Mathematics: designed for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the first-year Mathematics module. Provides a secure base in elementary calculus.
  • Music - Understanding Music
    • Students should be able to decode basic standard western notation. A diagnostic test will be carried out on enrolment to ascertain whether you have the musical score literacy to succeed on the module.
    • Music is available as undergraduate modules, but not to degree-level.
  • Philosophy:
    • Mind and World
    • Moral and Political Controversies
  • Physics and Astronomy:
    • Physics 1A: covers the core subjects of mechanics, waves and optics, and the physical properties of matter, including laboratory skills.
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 1: covers the structure and evolution of the Sun and other stars, planet formation, star-formation, violent stellar objects, black holes, and the large scale structure of the Universe.
  • Social Anthropology - Anthropology in the World
  • Sustainable Development - What is Sustainable Development?: provides an introductory overview to Sustainable Development, such as social justice, human well-being, inter-generational equity and environmental stewardship.
  • Art History - European Art and Architecture in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: an introduction to European art from Baroque Italian architecture to 18th-century French paintings.
  • Biology - Biology 2: provides an introduction to the diversity of life on Earth and addresses key elements of organismal and ecological aspects of life.
  • Chemistry - Organic and Biological Chemistry 1: covers the structure, stereochemistry and nomenclature of simple organic compounds, fundamental organic reaction mechanisms, organic functional groups and their reactions, introductory bioorganic chemistry, and organic spectroscopy.
  • Classics:
    • Rome and the Mediterranean: traces Rome’s trajectory from a small settlement in central Italy to the centre of a Mediterranean empire. The module examines a wide range of topics, including politics, the family, religion, slavery, poverty and the economy. It exposes the links between the growth of Rome’s power abroad and the transformation and eventual collapse of its Republican government at home.
    • Images of Augustan Rome: studies the works of art and literature that were produced during the lifetime of the first emperor of Rome, Augustus, and that react in different ways to the new regime that he established. 
  • Comparative Literature - Political Drama in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
  • Computer Science - Programming with Data: explores various aspects of data storage, processing and analysis.
    • Before taking this module you must pass 'Object-Oriented Programming' in semester 1.
  • Divinity:
    • New Testament 1: Jesus and the Gospels: considers the historical contexts of the New Testament texts, including political, socio-economic and religious factors within the Greco-Roman world and Early Judaism.
    • Introduction to Practical Theology and Theological Ethics: introduces students to the work of a number of practical theologians as well as key concepts from the history of Christian ethics, such as natural law, divine command, virtue ethics, the relations of scripture to ethics, and political theology.
    • From Adam to Apocalypse: The Bible and Western Culture
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences - Earth Resources and Environment: builds on the knowledge from Semester 1, including addressing issues related to natural resources.
  • Economics and Finance - Macroeconomics: introduces the study of economics at the national and global level.
  • English - Explorers and Revolutionaries: Literature 1680 - 1830: examines travel, colonialism, and different constructions of “man’s natural estate” in the early 18th century.
  • Film Studies - Global Film History and Historiography: introduces key movements and moments in film history across the first 50 years of film.
    • Before taking this module you must pass 'Key Concepts in Film Studies' in semester 1.
  • History:
    • Scotland and the English Empire 1070 - 1500: compares and relates the societies of the English crown and the kingdom of Scotland in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest of England. 
    • Themes in Late Modern History (c. 1776 - 2001): provides thematic coverage of major political and social developments in the Western world during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • International Relations - Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in Global Politics: looks at the way states make foreign policy and the importance of security to this process.
    • Before taking this module you must pass 'Concepts in Global Politics' in semester 1.
  • Management - Organisations and Analysis: examines some of the main analytical approaches and techniques required by managers and provides an introduction to financial accounting concepts and techniques.
  • Mathematics and Statistics - Mathematics: introduces the ideas and techniques required for further study of mathematics or applications to other sciences. (this is the same module as offered in semester 1).
  • Music - Making Music 1
    • Grade 8 performance certificate or take an audition with the module co-ordinator.
  • Philosophy:
    • Reasoning: introduces the essential concepts and techniques of critical reasoning, formal propositional logic, and basic predicate logic.
    • The Enlightenment
  • Physics and Astronomy - Physics 1B: covers an introduction to quantum physics, the mechanics of rotation and gravity, and lasers, including laboratory skills.
    • Before taking this module you must pass 'Physics 1A' in semester 1.
  • Social Anthropology - Ways of Thinking: concentrates on the ways in which human beings think about their worlds and on the different modes of thought and systems of belief that are manifest in societies across the world. Covering a range of ethnographic areas of study, both classical and contemporary, the module aims to stimulate new ways of thinking anthropologically about human being and becoming.
    • It is recommended to also take 'Anthropology in the World' in semester 1.
  • Sustainable Development - Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities
    • Before taking this module you must pass 'What is Sustainable Development?' in semester 1.


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