If you apply to university straight from school then your offer will usually be made based on your Higher results or, for some courses, a mix of Highers and Advanced Highers. Most Scottish universities, including all our partner institutions, will reduce the usual entry requirements for those with care experience – this is called contextual admissions, or an adjusted offer. It is worth checking out what offer you would receive for any course before you fill out your UCAS form. It is also important to check whether any particular subjects are required for the course you want to study – for instance, most Engineering degrees require a pass at Higher Maths and Physics. Hub staff can advise you by phone, email, or in person, if you would like any help with this.
If you did not get the Higher grades at school for the course you want to do, it is possible to take Highers at college at a later date. Do check whether the university you are interested in will accept this, however. If you have sat some Highers in S5, some in S6, and then do more at college, this would be seen as a ‘third sitting’ and not all universities accept this. If you need to boost your qualifications after leaving school, then the HNC route may be a better option for you.