How to apply

What happens next is up to you

No two university experiences are alike, but getting here couldn’t be easier. You can apply online; full time via the helpful UCAS portal and part time via the Apply button on each course page.

What do I need to apply?

You’ll need qualifications, and/or experience, a personal statement and a reference.

Qualifications

Standard entry requirements

The grades or qualifications you need will vary by course and may also depend on your personal circumstances.

You will find the qualifications you need for each course under the Entry Requirements on the individual course pages. 

So for example, if you want to study Accountancy in our Glasgow School for Business and Society, we may ask for the following entry requirements:

  • SQA Highers: ABBBB
  • A levels: BCC
  • IB: 26

You will normally need to achieve grades as good as or better than these standard requirements to be made an offer unless your personal circumstances mean you qualify as a widening access student.

Alternative Qualifications

If you do not have the stated standard entry, we also consider alternative qualifications such as Foundation Apprenticeships, HNC/ HNDs and Access courses. Additionally, depending on your personal circumstances, you may be assessed as a widening access student and, for some courses, may get a lower or adjusted offer. 

Foundation Apprenticeships

We accept selected Foundation Apprenticeships, in combination with SQA Highers, for entry to our degree programmes. Your Foundation Apprenticeship will take the place of one SQA Higher qualification for our standard entry requirements and will be treated as equivalent to a B grade at Higher.

College qualifications

Many Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), which are qualifications taken in college, allow you to enter the 2nd or 3rd year of a university degree programme. 

The year of entry should be made clear in the ‘choices’ section of the UCAS Apply online application.

When applying to year one of your chosen course, this box should be left blank. For entry into the second or third year of a programme, you should enter the year in this box. For example, if you are applying to start in Year 2, put 2 in the box.

SWAP Access

Additionally, depending on your personal circumstances, you may be assessed and qualify as a widening access student and, for some courses, may get a lower or adjusted offer. We consider you to be a widening access student if you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education. 

We aim to identify each applicant’s full talent and potential and look beyond grades to do this. We consider you to be a widening access student if you:

  • have successfully completed a pre-entry SWAP programme;
  • live in a target postcode area;
  • have experience of being in care; or
  • have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

 

Personal statement

This is your big opportunity to tell us why you want to apply for a particular degree and illustrate that you have the motivation or experience to help you complete the programme. The sort of things we are interested in hearing about include:

  • Relevant work experience or links within the industry
  • Personal goals and how you think the programme relates to you
  • Interests and general information about yourself

You must keep within the word limit, so be as concise as possible, and remember to check your spelling carefully! It's also a good idea to write a practice draft first.

Reference

Each applicant has to provide an academic reference which comments on their ability to undertake a course of study. If you are a school leaver, this includes a prediction of what you will achieve in the results pending section and why the referee feels that you are suitable for a particular area of study.

This, together with the personal statement and other details, should help create a well-rounded application.

Course requirements

For some specific courses you may also need to:

  • come to an interview
  • submit an art/design portfolio
  • sit an admissions test
  • provide evidence of relevant work or voluntary experience
English language

If English is not your first language, you will normally need to provide evidence of your English language skills through certificates such as IELTS.

When do I apply?

  • If you are from the UK and European Union, you should apply by the UCAS deadline of 15 January; applications made after this may be considered.
  • If you are an international applicant, you should apply by 30 June.
  • All applications after 30 June can be made through UCAS Clearing however spaces on degree courses are limited.

How much does it cost?

  • The application fee is £13 for a single choice or £24 for more than one choice.

Additional information

We believe that education is for everyone; there is more than one path to GCU. Find out more about the variety of routes you may take to join us.

International students

If you are an international student applying for undergraduate programmes there are two ways for you to apply:

1. Apply directly with us

Between July and September, you can apply directly to the university. You can contact a GCU representative in your country for advice on applying direct.

2. Apply through UCAS

You can apply online using UCAS. UCAS will then send your application to us on your behalf.

English Language

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your English language skills through qualifications.

INTO GCU programmes for international students

If you are an international student and do not meet our standard entry requirements, you can complete our INTO GCU academic pathway programme or our Academic English or Pre-sessional English programmes to enable progression onto a range of GCU programmes. This offers the opportunity to study in a supported, tailored environment.

College students

Many Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), which are qualifications taken in college, allow you to enter the 2nd or 3rd year of a university degree programme. 

The year of entry should be made clear in the ‘choices’ section of the UCAS Apply online application.

When applying to year one of your chosen course, this box should be left blank. For entry into the second or third year of a programme, you should enter the year in this box. For example, if you are applying to start in Year 2, put 2 in the box.

Enrol as a GCU Pathways student

You may also choose to enrol to GCU as a College Pathway student, studying a HND for two years at college, with the opportunity to gain direct-entry to 3rd year of a programme.

Taking a gap year

You may be able to secure your place a year in advance and defer entry while using your gap year to study or gain experience. You should indicate your deferred entry choice in the ‘choices’ section of UCAS Apply system, ticking the ‘Deferred Entry’ box. Not all programmes offer deferred entry so talk to our enquires team in advance.

Relevant experience (RPL)

If you have relevant experience equivalent to our standard entry requirements, you can still apply to study here through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

UCAS Extra

Applicants who have been unsuccessful or declined offers for all five choices are eligible to apply with using an extra choice to available programmes through UCAS Extra. The Extra procedure operates from late February to early July. You should check advertised vacancies in Extra on the UCAS website before applying.

UCAS Clearing

UCAS Clearing is for you if...

  • you have made an application for September but have not received any offers
  • you have received a conditional offer on your UCAS Application but did not meet the conditions of this offer
  • you are making a new UCAS application after 30 June

Find out more about the clearing process.