If you are entering your degree programme straight in to years 2, 3 or 4, then you'll find this information for direct/advanced entry students useful.

Welcome Week

Whether you are coming directly into year 2 or 3 from a HNC or HND at a college, an associate student coming to study with us from year 3 onwards or whether you are coming directly into year 2 after completing your A-levels, Advanced Highers or other qualification, check out the Welcome Week information and timetables.

Students coming from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Students coming from the rest of the UK are eligible for our new student bursary. Find more details about our scholarships.

Students coming from college

We understand that making the journey from college to university can be a challenge, but it's a route that thousands of students in Scotland take every year. Last year, around 20% of our new students were direct entrants. We also know that the better prepared you are, the easier your transition to university will be, so read our top tips for direct/ advanced entry students and feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.

3 top tips for students coming from college

  • Get insider knowledge with the Heriot-Watt Summer School
    Want to get a head start on life at Heriot-Watt University? Join us for our 3 day summer school running just prior to welcome week. You will have the opportunity to work with University staff and current students, and get an early start on finding your way around our campus and the facilities.
  • Chat to one of our current students through our E-mentoring scheme
    Fancy talking to a student who is already studying here before you start your degree programme? We can match you up with one of our current students for a chat over email. For more information or to get started, just email your name, programme and Heriot-Watt ID number to; HWUEmentoring@hw.ac.uk
  • Know if you are eligible for extra funding
    If you are a student coming directly into year 2 or 3 with a HNC or HND from a Scottish college, you may be eligible for our Access Bursary of £1000 per year of study.

Don't just take our word for it…read our student case studies.

Missed a chance to visit Heriot-Watt?

If you haven't visited either our Edinburgh or Scottish Borders campuses and would like to, either individually or with a group of fellow students, you should contact Patricia Reid, Colleges and Wider Access Officer on p.reid@hw.ac.uk, to arrange a campus tour.