Edinburgh access route open to students

The new Access Programme is helping those who may feel they have missed their chance at university

The University of Edinburgh has launched a part-time initiative for adults who wish to study humanities & social sciences or art & design after time out of education.

Delivered by the university’s Centre for Open Learning, the Access Programme is open for people who have yet to complete Highers, A-levels or an equivalent qualification.

To qualify for the course, students must have had a continuous gap of at least three years in their formal education.

The Access Programme, which has been developed by some of the university’s leading academics, will run from August to May.

Part of the university’s ongoing commitment to widening participation, it is aimed at people who are excited by learning and keen to develop their skills and confidence.

This exciting Access Programme creates opportunities for people who have always wanted to go to university, no matter what background. – James Mooney, Access and Outreach Development Director, Centre for Open Learning

Students will need to devote around 20 hours each week to their studies. This includes attending around seven hours of tutor-led classes, independent study, additional activities and visits.

Classes are based at the university’s Holyrood Campus, with daytime and evening options available.

The full programme fees are £636, for which there may be funding available, such as from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), which will cover the majority of the programme fees.

To find out more, and check if you are eligible for SAAS funding, visit the SAAS website.

James Mooney, Access and Outreach Development Director at the Centre for Open Learning, said:  “As a former access student myself, I know first-hand the potentially life-changing benefits that university can bring. This exciting Access Programme creates opportunities for people who have always wanted to go to university, no matter what background.”

For further information please contact: Kathryn Dunlop, Press and PR Office, on 0131 651 5587 or email kathryn.dunlop@ed.ac.uk