Advanced Higher Hub

The Advanced Higher Hub is GCU’s flagship, educational bridging programme that provides young people with the opportunity to study Advanced Highers which are not on the curriculum in their own schools.  GCU is the first university in Scotland to develop this kind of transition programme, employing teachers to deliver eight subjects on campus, providing ambitious pupils from across the city with first-class educational facilities and opportunities to learn, and helping them to access high demand undergraduate courses that require Advanced Highers for entry.  

This unique year-long university experience also equips young people with the life and learning skills that will help them to transition successfully to higher education and, crucially, retain their place once there. 

The Hub is committed to raising aspirations and widening access to higher education for pupils in the city, and has consistently achieved outstanding pass rates across all subjects since its launch in 2013.  In 2019, the Hub realised an overall pass rate of 91% with three subjects achieving 100%.

To find out more about how you can support the Caledonian Club contact the Foundation Team.


New partnership gives power to bright sparks

The Advanced Higher Hub has recently received backing from the ScottishPower Foundation to boost pupil participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Pupils studying STEM subjects at the Advanced Higher Hub are to benefit from a £50k investment to support enhanced delivery of Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry. Sixth-year pupils will also enjoy exploratory trips to Whitelee Windfarm, the UK’s largest onshore windfarm operated by ScottishPower Renewables, and the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow.