Widening participation students

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If you are a Scottish student who qualifies under widening participation, we offer a number of Clearing opportunities across our subject areas. See the full list of places available and call our Clearing Hotline now.

Call the Hotline

Call the Clearing Hotline on +44 (0)131 322 3222 to discuss your options..

Widening Participation vacancies for Scottish applicants (SIMD20 and Care leavers)

Heriot-Watt University is committed to widening participation to students from all backgrounds and uses a contextual approach in our admissions procedures to enable us to select applicants with the greatest potential to succeed.

As part of our work on widening participation, the Scottish Government has assigned a number of additional places to the University for students entering the University whose home address is within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 20% most deprived areas or who are Care Leavers.

This initiative is aimed at further increasing the number of students who reside in key areas of underrepresentation in higher education taking up a place of study at the University.

Are you eligible?

To check if you are eligible for a widening participation clearing place, please use the government information map, to see if you live in SIMD Area 1.

  • Type your postcode in the ‘area finder’ box on the left of the map
  • Click ‘Go’ and then hover over the yellow marker for your house
  • Look at the box on the right – just underneath the big box with population information in it there’s some text. If you see the words ‘quintile 1’ then you live in an SIMD20 postcode.

The programmes below are available through Clearing for students from Scotland who qualify under widening participation, including SIMD20, or care experience. Please check the list below regularly as programmes available may change.

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