Access to Higher Education at Abertay Dundee (AHEAD) is a stimulating, part-time evening programme designed to give you access to a wide range of degrees, no matter what qualifications you hold.

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September to May (part-time over two semesters)

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Why Choose AHEAD?

*Applications for 2021 are now closed*

AHEAD is an access course which provides you, on successful completion, with a guaranteed place on a range of Abertay University undergraduate degree programmes.

If you've been out of education for three years or more and don't have sufficient qualifications, AHEAD could be your access to higher education at Abertay.

AHEAD provides you with the core academic and study skills necessary for you to successfully complete a higher education degree at Abertay University.

Key Features 

  • Successful completion of the AHEAD programme guarantees a place on a range of Abertay degree programmes (should you join your chosen Abertay course within two years of completing the AHEAD programme)
  • Study two evenings per week for two semesters
  • No formal academic entry requirements, but you must have been away from full-time education for three years or more
  • Key skills module strengthens your core study skills, in order to prepare you for higher education study
  • A choice of subject-based modules

AHEAD is FREE to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria.

Closing date for applications: Friday 16th April 

For more information, please email or call Claire Gammie. E: c.gammie@abertay.ac.uk T: 01382 308295. 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements other than having been out of education for three years or more. All students will be interviewed to ascertain their motivation to study and the suitability of the AHEAD programme to their learning needs. Entry is at SCQF Level 6.

AHEAD is FREE and is available to applicants who meet Scottish Funding Council (SFC) eligibility criteria. 

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Learning and Assessment

The programme includes a compulsory 30-credit module designed to strengthen your key study, information literacy, IT and numeracy skills (and is completed in the first semester).

This is followed by two, 15-credit, subject-based modules completed in the second semester (options include:

  • Social science
  • Computing
  • Business
  • Health
  • Sports science
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Helping You Get Ahead

The AHEAD programme is delivered two nights per week between September and May.

Teaching on the AHEAD programme is designed to provide a supportive environment, enabling you to develop, sharpen, and improve your study skills.

You'll be taught in a variety ways, including through lectures, seminars, discussions, group work, practical classes and guided independent study.

Assessment methods vary between different modules, but take the form of portfolios, essays and reports, presentations and examinations.

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Future Opportunities

Access to Higher Education at Abertay Dundee (AHEAD) is a stimulating, part-time evening programme designed to give you access to a wide range of degrees, no matter what qualifications you hold. 

AHEAD focuses on strengthening key transferable skills, such as communication, IT, literacy and numeracy skills and should also be attractive to employers thereby enhancing your employability.

Please note that this course is not suitable for progression to the following programmes: BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology, BA (Hons) Computer Arts, BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development, BA (Hons) Game Design and Production, and LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws.

Always-On Online Open Day

Immerse yourself in student life here at Abertay and get a true feel for our courses and our amazing academic community.

Experience our Always-On Open Day anytime for a mix of:

  • Subject and course presentations and videos.

  • Campus tours, info on applying, funding, student support and accommodation.

  • What the city of Dundee is like to live in.

Take your time to soak it all in. 


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