Understanding entry requirements

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Understanding entry requirements

Thinking about your subject choices for S6? This is a really good time to check that you are taking the right subjects to get you onto the courses you're interested in at college and/or university. There might be a subject at Higher or National 5 you need to pick up in S6 - find out this information now! But, don't worry, if you need to make changes to your subjects later, nothing is set in stone.

There are loads of ways you can find out entry requirements and required subjects for university and college courses! You can use prospectuses or just go directly to the university and college websites. You may also want to use the UCAS course search tool. If you're struggling with reading a prospectus, remember we have a post that explains how to decipher them. In this post, we've answered 5 of the top questions that we get asked here at LEAPS on a regular basis about subject choice and entry requirements. If you have any other questions after reading the post, please get in touch with the team so we can help you out. There are honestly no dumb questions and it's better to ask about these things sooner rather than later.

Are all Higher subjects accepted by universities/colleges?


What are general entry requirements?


What if I have to resit some of my Nat 5s or Highers?


What does a typical offer mean?


Should I take courses in S6 that are all related to the course I want to study at college or university?

Key things to remember:

1. Talk to the universities/colleges if you're not sure about anything when it comes to entry requirements and the Nat 5s/Highers you're sitting.

2. General entry requirements can sometimes be hidden at the back of prospectuses or on other pages of websites so it's important to hunt for them if they're not clear!

3. Use your guidance teacher, careers advisor and LEAPS if you're not sure about anything.