The Summer School for Access provides a route into Higher Education for those whose current qualifications do not reflect their potential for degree study. The Programme is held on campus and is full-time for 6 weeks from mid-June until the end of July. Students who successfully complete the Summer School, and meet the conditions of their UCAS offer, are guaranteed entry onto their chosen course at the University of Aberdeen.*


The Summer school is aimed at applicants who come from low progression schools, residents in SIMD 20/40 areas and care leavers. Please note that other factors may be taken into consideration. You must be applying for entry onto a degree programme at University of Aberdeen in order to be considered for a place on the Summer School. Please note Summer School is not open to International applicants.

Subject Options

Summer School students study a range of academic subjects which are all taught at a first year level. The programme consists of three separate streams.

Arts and Social Sciences stream
MA and Law applicants study on the Arts and Social Sciences stream. Those studying on the Arts and Social Sciences stream learn about a wide range of different subjects such as Politics, History, Art History, Philosophy and Sociology.
Life Sciences stream
BSc applicants who wish to study one of the Life Sciences take part in the Life Sciences stream and do courses in Biology and Chemistry.
Physical Sciences stream
Those wanting to study other BSc subjects and Engineering take part in the Physical Sciences Stream. This stream involves courses in Maths and Physics.

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*Please note that the Summer School for Access does not provide an alternative entry route into Medicine, Music or English/Maths courses for entry onto Teacher Training Programmes.