What is your
path to GCU?
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.
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.
Coming from college?
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, though this is not possible
with all HNC and HND qualifications. For more details on
this route to GCU and the courses that offer 2nd or 3rd year
entry, visit: gcu.ac.uk/collegeconnect
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.
Accessing our 20 years’ experience of
work-based learning has never been easier.
In partnership with Skills Development
Scotland, we’re offering you the chance to
complete a fully funded apprenticeship
programme aimed at working people of all
ages and spanning a range of disciplines.
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.
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.
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. Not all
programmes offer deferred entry so talk to our
admissions advisors in advance.