Access Aberdeen is a widening access to Higher Education scheme developed by the University of Aberdeen. It represents a new approach to supporting students in schools and young people in the North of Scotland. Access Aberdeen offers a wide range of activities and events which are designed to inform and encourage young people to make appropriate post-school study choices.

Access Aberdeen supports specific secondary schools in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Moray. Support is also offered to the feeder primary schools. Schools are selected on the basis of progression rates to Higher Education, currently all target schools have an average of under 30% progression over a three year period.

Pupils from the target schools whose marks do not reflect their true potential, will be given the opportunity to gain entry to the University through successful completion of the Summer School for Access.  

Our target schools

Aberdeen City

Bucksburn Academy, Lochside Academy, Northfield Academy, St Machar Academy


Banff Academy, Fraserburgh Academy, Peterhead Academy, Portlethen Academy


Arbroath Academy, Brechin High School


Buckie High School, Elgin High School 


What is available for your School?

Access Aberdeen offers a wide range of activities:

  • Careers events
  • Presentations for pupils, staff or parents (e.g. student life, finance etc.)
  • UCAS application support
  • On campus activities (e.g. tours, discipline visits etc.)
  • Revision Schools
  • Individual support