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Widening Access

Glasgow Caledonian University leads the way in widening access to higher education.

As part of the University’s mission to promote the Common Good, we work with schools, children and families in the community to raise educational aspirations in young people and their families.

Did you know?

  • Around 20% of Scottish domiciled entrants each year are from the 20% most deprived backgrounds according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
  • We raise educational aspirations of more than 14,600 children and 3,500 parents through the Caledonian Club in Glasgow and London.
  • Each year around 1000 students articulate from Scottish colleges with advanced standing or are entrants through the SFC additional articulation scheme and SWAP programmes. Many are supported through our College Connect programme.
  • Sixth-year pupils study through our Advanced Higher Hub. A flagship initiative that provides young people with access to Advanced Highers in order to support their future university studies and is the first project in Scotland to employ school teachers on a university campus. 
  • Over 40% of our new Scottish-domiciled undergraduate students each year are mature students.
  • The University has a contextualised admissions policy in place for entry to undergraduate programmes to support widening access. Any applicant who meets one or more of the contextual factors and is successful in gaining an offer to the University, will be offered based on the Minimum Entry Requirements for the programme.