Our ‘Access To’ programmes provides pupils with opportunities to further their interest in a chosen subject area whilst also benefiting from tailored support from the university’s study skills and access unit.

Eligibility Criteria

Access To programmes are aimed at S5 and S6 pupils who are under-represented in higher education. To be eligible for selection, you must meet at least one of the following criteria.

The places will be allocated based on the level and number of criteria met. Those meeting a priority criteria will be given first consideration, thereafter those who meet the additional criteria will be considered. If the programmes are heavily over-subscribed the priority will be given to pupils attending the partner schools with the lowest progression rate to higher education and to applicants residing in the lower quintile postcode areas (based on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation).

Priority criteria

  • Be based in Aberdeen City or Aberdeenshire, living permanently in an area identified as most deprived (referred to as MD20/MD40 or quintiles 1 & 2 through the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, SIMD)
  • Have spent time as a Looked After Child or Looked After and Accommodated Child
  • Be in receipt of Educational Maintenance Allowance or free school meals
  • Have a significant role looking after someone else who is experiencing illness or disability

Additional criteria

  • Attend one of the following target schools as agreed in partnership with the Local Authority - Northfield, St Machar, Kincorth, Torry, Hazlehead, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, and Mintlaw Academy.
  • Be in the first generation of your family to go to university
  • Experienced a disruption to studies based on personal circumstances
  • Be in the minority gender at subject level. This criteria applies to Access to Nursing, Computing and Engineering programmes.

Applications for 2017 have now closed and our 2018 recruitment will begin in May.

For more information on Access To programmes please contact Kaisa Macdonald on 01224 263 045, k.e.macdonald@rgu.ac.uk

What’s Involved?

All programmes offer a blend of practical subject focussed sessions, delivered by the academic departments, and support sessions, delivered by the Study Skills & Access Unit.

Both elements are designed to help you make informed decisions about your future career and prepare you for higher education level study at college or university.

Activities include:

  • Subject focussed study
  • Practical workshops and project experience
  • UCAS Application and Personal Statement support
  • Exam preparation and revision techniques
  • Interview & portfolio preparation (where appropriate)
  • Working alongside current RGU students

All programmes run once a week over a number of weeks from October to December after school between 4.30-6.30 pm on either a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The costs of all materials, refreshments and transport will be met by RGU. As such you must be prepared to make a regular commitment to attend these out of school sessions. ‘Access To’ is for hard-working students who will make the most of this opportunity to achieve a goal of college or university study.

How will I benefit?

In return for your commitment you can expect a huge range of benefits including:

  • Access to state of the art learning and teaching facilities 
  • Increased subject knowledge
  • Support to develop transferable skills - problem solving, teamwork, communication, presentation, independent study
  • Introduction to the university environment & student life
  • Advice & support to make informed decisions about your future
  • Advice on careers, pathways and progression
  • Support with applications to university
  • Access to the library and online learning resources via our Associate Student Scheme
  • A guaranteed invitation to RGU selection visits if you complete the course

Our Access To Programmes

  1. Access to Art, Design & Architecture

    Access To Art, Design & Architecture

    Do you want to be an artist, designer or architect? Are you interested in studying creative courses at degree level?

  2. Access to Communication & Media

    Access To Communication and Media

    Are you interested in a finding out more about media and communication industries? Would you like to know more about careers in the audio visual sector, media production, journalism and PR?

  3. Access to Computing

    Access to Computing at RGU

    Are you interested in computers and technology? Do you want to find out how computers work and how you can build and program a computer to do a specific task?

  4. Access to Life Sciences

    Access to Forensic & Analytical Science

    Are you scientific, analytical and enjoy problem solving? Are you interested in finding out more about careers in Biomedical, Forensic & Analytical Science or Nutrition?

  5. Access to Engineering

    Access to Engineering at RGU

    Are you interested in technology? Do you want to learn more about mechanical and electrical engineering?

  6. Access to Health Professions

    Access To Health Professions at RGU

    Are you caring, practical and have attention to detail? Do you enjoy working with people and as part of a team?

  7. Access to Law and Law & Management

    Access To Law at RGU

    Are you logical with strong attention to detail? Do you communicate well with others and enjoy presenting ideas? Are you interested in finding out more about studying and careers in the field of Law and Law & Management?

  8. Access to Management

    Access To Management

    Are you entrepreneurial and interested in studying Management? Do you enjoy a challenge and team competition?

  9. Access To Nursing and Midwifery

    Access To Nursing

    Are you caring and compassionate about engaging with people and helping them throughout times of joy and sadness?

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