Flexible entry requirements
Our aim, like yours, is to find a course that is right for you. We are as flexible as we can with our entry requirements, while aiming to ensure that each student is able to achieve the required academic standard to be successful. Maturity, work experience, and motivation are recognised as alternatives to formal qualifications wherever possible. SRUC also accepts a wide range of access-level and non-standard qualifications.
General minimum requirements
The minimum academic entry requirements for each course are outlined on the individual course pages. Entry requirements have been given in terms of Scottish qualifications, though a wide range of qualifications are accepted as comparable. In certain circumstances you may be invited for interview to discuss your application further with SRUC staff.
Literacy & numeracy
In all courses except those defined as 'access courses' applicants are required to demonstrate evidence of basic literacy and numeracy skills. Courses at SCQF Level 4 and most courses at SCQF Level 5 require National 4 passes in English and Maths or equivalent. Some SCQF Level 5 courses and all courses at SCQF Level 6 or above require National 5 (Grade A-C) in English and Maths or equivalent. SRUC also recognises National 4/5 and Higher ESOL in lieu of English where students have been attending school in Scotland.
Returning to learning
We recognise that some mature applicants may not meet all of our minimum entry requirements in terms of formal qualifications, but do have enough knowledge and experience to succeed on their chosen course. If you feel that you can offer relevant experience in place of qualifications please contact us to discuss your application.
For detailed admissions information, please refer to our full admission policies below:
Contextual Admissions Policy
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