The Reach Programme hosted at the University of Aberdeen provides information, advice and guidance on applying for professional degrees. We offer support in the following areas: 

  • Law 
  • Medicine 

The project supports S4-6 pupils to make informed choices about university study. We work with pupils across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highlands, Orkney and Shetland. Reach Aberdeen is part of a national widening access project funded by the Scottish Funding Council. 

What support is available through Reach? 

We offer a range of career insight days, application support sessions, mentoring opportunities, and individual guidance. We can also provide general advice about applying and studying at University. Events are normally held in Aberdeen and Inverness. Students can also benefit from travel cost payments and accommodation to help them participate. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 Reach events are currently running online rather than in person. 

Am I eligible?

To take part in Reach you must meet one of the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Resident in a SIMD20 (Quintile 1) or SIMD40 (Quintile 2) postcode area according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 
  • You are care experienced 
  • You are a young carer - i.e. you look after a relative with a disability, illness, or addiction
  • You are estranged - i.e. living without a family support network
  • Eligible for free school meals 
  • You are a refugee or asylum seeker 
  • Resident in an area considered to be Remote & Rural (5-8 on the 8 fold Urban Rural Classification). You can check your classification on the Scottish Government website

 To take part in the programme, you must firstly apply to register with Reach. If you are unsure if you are eligible please contact us. The eligibility criteria is set at a national level with the Scottish Funding Council who fund the Reach Programme. 

How to register

To register with Reach please complete the Reach application form.  Your application will then be assessed by the team to ensure you are eligible to take part. 

Interested in other degrees?

If you are interested in another programme of study, such as Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine, we may still be able to support you through our partner universities. Please contact the Reach Project for more information. 

Reach Scotland 

Reach Scotland is a national project which provides information, advice and guidance on applying to high demand professional subjects. It is managed and delivered by five partner universities: University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow and University of St Andrews. The programme is funded by the Scottish Funding Council.