Outstanding pass rate once again for University's Advanced Higher Hub

6 August 2019

Pupils at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Advanced Higher Hub achieved an outstanding pass rate of 91% in this year’s SQA examination diet − with three subjects achieving 100% pass rates.

Business Management, English and History all achieved the maximum, with History accomplishing 100% for the sixth consecutive year.

The widening access initiative celebrates the sixth year of its partnership with Glasgow City Council (GCC) and The Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

The Advanced Higher Hub is a flagship initiative that provides young people with access to Advanced Highers in order to support their future university studies, including high-demand undergraduate courses that require Advanced Highers for entry, such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.

This bridging programme gives pupils from Glasgow schools the opportunity to study Advanced Highers on our campus, providing greater access of opportunity to subjects that are not always available in school. This unique year-long university immersion experience also equips young people with the life and learning skills that will help them to transition successfully to university and, crucially, retain their place once there.

GCU is the first university in Scotland to employ teachers to deliver eight Advanced Highers in Biology; Business Management; Chemistry; English; History; Mathematics; Modern Studies and Physics. This year there were 152 presentations across these subjects.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor Valerie Webster, said: “GCU is delighted that our pioneering initiative, the Advanced Higher Hub, which supports students to gain the necessary qualifications to assist them in accessing the higher education institution of their choice, has again achieved such fantastic results. The Hub is committed to raising aspirations and widening access to higher education for pupils in the city, and this outstanding result of a 91% pass rate is testament to our learning and teaching excellence and the commitment of our Hub pupils, whom we wish every success as they progress to the next stage of their learner journey.”

Eleanor Wilson MBE, Head of Outreach at GCU, said: “These results demonstrate partnership work at its very best between GCU’s Advanced Higher Hub, the Scottish Funding Council, Glasgow City Council and its secondary schools. The Hub provides a unique bridging experience to university, and brings like-minded pupils together to experience student life whilst still in school. The Hub pupils are a credit, not only to us, but to their families, teachers and schools.  Studying at Advanced Higher level has undoubtedly given pupils a head start as they progress to their next destination. We are in no doubt that our hub pupils, affectionately known as ‘hubbers’, will go on to forge exciting careers and become leaders in their respective fields.”