Am I a Widening Access Student?

The Widening Participation team works closely with key schools, colleges and other external agencies to promote higher education.

Our team provides information, advice, guidance and tailored support to students from a range of backgrounds.  So if you:

  • are an unpaid carer (find out more here)
  • are care-experienced (have you been in care at any point in your life? (find out more here)
  • are a young person estranged from your family (find out more here)
  • attended a Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) such as LEAPS, LIFT OFF, Aspire North or Focus West (full list of schools here)
  • have completed a SWAP (Scottish Widening Access Programme) access course
  • are a government-recognised refugee or have asylum status
  • are from an SIMD20* postcode (find out here - SIMD area 1 = SIMD20)
  • are students joining year 2 or 3 of a degree after completing an HNC or HND at a Scottish college (find out more here)

then our Widening Participation team can help you.

If you’re unsure whether any of these applies to you, or if you have any other questions, give us a call on 0333 900 6040 or email us at and a member of the Widening Participation team will help you.

*The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks each postcode in Scotland by factors such as levels of income, health, access to services, crime, employment and education. SIMD20 (sometimes referred to as SIMD1 is the 20% most deprived postcodes in Scotland. 

Get in touch

The Widening Participation team is always around to answer any questions you might have, big or small. Call 0333 900 6040 and ask to speak to a member of the Widening Participation Team or submit an enquiry form.

Minimum Offers

Read more about how we make minimum offers based on your context and achievements.