Gateway to Medicine 2020 entry

The Gateway to Medicine is a one-year programme intended to promote the uptake of higher education, specifically the study of Medicine, among those groups that are traditionally underrepresented at university. 

The Gateway provides the opportunity for students resident in Scotland who have completed S5 at school to study at first-year undergraduate level. Those who pass the course and meet the other requirements for progression will transfer into the six-year Medicine A100 course at St Andrews. 

More information for 2020 entry will be available in September 2019. For information on the current year of entry for this course, see the 2019 page.

Course type

Gateway programme


The Gateway programme is only open to applicants resident in Scotland who have just completed S5. 

Applicants should also meet some of the following criteria:

  • have engaged with a Reach project
  • reside in an area of socio-economic disadvantage
  • are being looked after (or have been looked after) as a result of a local authority order
  • are a registered carer
  • attend a school which has low numbers of pupils who progress to higher education
  • attend a school which has low attainment in relations to Highers and Advanced Highers. 

Entry requirements

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.

  • BBBB in Scottish Highers, to be obtained at one sitting in S5. Must include Chemistry and one other of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
  • If Biology, Mathematics and English have not been passed at Highers, each must normally have been passed at National 5 grade B.

How to apply

Potential applicants should email a note of interest to the Admissions team at The Admissions team will confirm if you are eligible to apply. 

On the day Scottish Higher results are published, University staff will contact potential applicants who have indicated an interest to ascertain what Higher grades they have achieved and advise if they meet the entry requirements to apply for the Gateway.

If you are eligible to apply and meet the entry requirements, you will be required to submit an application to the University immediately after the Scottish Higher results are published. You will receive an email from Admissions detailing how to proceed with your application. 

Suitable applicants will be called to interview, and offers will be made in time for applicants to enter the Gateway in September of the same year.


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.

Gateway to Medicine students have lectures and practicals in purpose-built facilities on the North Haugh. Also at the North Haugh, students can study and access library resources at the JF Allen Science Library. One other area available for students is the Bell Pettigrew Museum in the Bute building, a spectacular zoology museum which includes the arrangement of species to show evolutionary relationships between animals.

There’s also the opportunity to join the popular student-run Biology Society, which organises regular social meetups and biology-related events throughout the year.

The town of St Andrews itself has lots to offer. As the campus is located around 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

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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2346

Medicine website


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).