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Eligibility Criteria - Access To

Access To Programmes

Eligibility Criteria - Access To

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 our 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 and/or Accommodated Child

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, Mintlaw or Lochside 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 & Midwifery, Computing and Engineering programmes.
  • 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

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