The full-time General degree is a designated entry route for anyone applying with alternative qualifications, and who are most commonly studying at further education colleges towards HNC, HND, SWAP courses or Certificate of Highers.
What can I study?
General degree students can study from the wide range of subjects available to all undergraduates on any named Honours degree. All students study up to three subjects in their first and second years of study, and this is the same for General degree students. All students will have one or two subjects that they are considering taking forward for more specialised study at the end of their second year.
General degree vs Honours degree
A General degree is awarded after three years of full-time study (360 credits) and is not specific to any one subject. An Honours degree will take four years to complete and will have the title of the specialist subject taken in years three and four; for example, an MA (Hons) English Literature, or a BSc (Hons) Chemistry.
Other than the title, there is no difference in terms of the classes you attend or the subjects you can choose for the first two years of study. You will be studying alongside students who have entered the University on a wide variety of routes.
Progression to Honours
Provided you meet the academic requirements in year two of study, you will be transferred from the General degree to your chosen Honours degree. Your allocated Advisor of studies will ensure that you select the correct modules along the way, and that you have as many course options available to you as possible.
If you are offered a place on our full-time General degree, there is additional support in place to help you make the transition into higher education successfully. The lifelong learning team will run information days for you before you make your final UCAS decisions to make sure you have all the details you need to make the best choice for you.
Pre-sessional induction days are held just before the start of term to ensure that you meet your fellow Freshers and introduce you to a few of our current General students who can share their experiences with you.
You will have a single point of contact within the lifelong learning team who will be there to help and support you over the first two years of study, and into Honours. They will be there to act as a signpost to ensure that you always know where to go when you need advice, whether it be academic or personal.
Fees and funding
You will be expected to pay fees every year that you are in attendance. Fees may increase annually during the course of your study. The amount you will pay depends on the degree you are studying for and your fee status. Please see our fees information for further details.
Scottish or EU students studying for their first degree may be paid for you by the Scottish government through SAAS. Details of how and when to apply can be found on the SAAS website.
How to apply
Applications for the full-time General degree are done through UCAS. All applications must be submitted to UCAS before 15 January in the year you wish to start your studies. The General degree is listed as MA General Arts (Y001) and BSc General Science (CFG0).
More information is available on the UCAS website.
Successful applicants will be invited to interview as part of the decision making process.