Entry Requirements

To apply for a GA you must be resident in Scotland before you start and meet SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland) eligibility criteria. Further information on SAAS eligibility and application process is available here.

All applicants must be in employment (for a minimum of 21 hours per week) in a role related to your course of study. The premises you work in must also be located in Scotland. As part of your application, you will have to demonstrate that your employer supports your application.

GAs are open to existing employees and new recruits. All applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience. Experienced applicants can apply for admission based on Accreditation of Prior Learning / Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning in accordance with the University’s RPL guidelines - contact us for more information.

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Applicants require to be in employment in an early years setting.

Entry to Year 1:

  • BBBC at SQA Higher (or equivalent) plus Nat 5 English. A Foundation Apprenticeship will be considered towards entry requirements.
  • An appropriate National Qualification in Childhood Practice or equivalent
  • An appropriate Modern Apprenticeship
  • 1 year of sector specific work experience at a level equivalent to the point of entry


We will always try to make sure that we publish accurate course information but we do not accept responsibility for any mistakes or omissions. We will also try to make sure that we deliver our courses in line with our published information. However, we may not always be able to do so and you can find further information about this in our enrolment terms and conditions.