Bachelors Degree Accelerator Programme

The course

Course type
Entry date
September, January


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An accelerated pathway to your Bachelors Degree

Heriot-Watt's Bachelors Degree Accelerator Programme is a one-year programme designed to prepare you for university study, in a learning environment that's been specifically created for you to thrive in.

Our Bachelors Degree Accelerator Programme is your pathway to a career-focused undergraduate degree in your chosen subject area with Heriot-Watt, a leading global university.

We will champion and support you throughout your time at Heriot-Watt. We are here to help you succeed in your ultimate goal of achieving a career-focused degree, no matter where or what your starting point is.

Our Bachelors Degree Accelerator Programme is for you if:

  • You do not meet the published entry requirements for your undergraduate degree
  • You're an international student who does not have the appropriate English requirements
  • You're returning to education after some time away and need support
  • You're switching to a different subject from what you've previously studied


  • Become part of our exciting, supportive global community
  • A personalised study experience, tailored to meet your needs and optimise your experience
  • Our award-winning, professional careers team are here to fully support you throughout your time at Heriot-Watt
  • Prepares you for second year entry into your chosen career-focused degree programme


Bachelors Degree Accelerator Programme (all pathways) - one year.

Pathways and progression

There are five pathways and completion of a pathway will get you onto the second year of related undergraduate degrees.

Course content

Choose your subject pathway

There are four courses of 30 credits each to choose from. Each of these is completed within one academic year over a nominal 30 week learning period.

  • Engineering and Science
  • Accounting, Economics and Business Management
  • Built Environment (excludes Civil and Architectural Engineering)
  • Psychology
  • Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Refer to the relevant pathway above for more detail on course content for each pathway.

Entry requirements

English language requirements

Academic background equivalent to A Levels DEE/CD + GCSE English and Maths at C/4.  English level IELTS 5.0 (with no bands lower than 4.5). Subject relevance to be dependent upon articulation degree.

Academic entry requirements

  • Bangladesh - Higher Secondary Certificate - grade average of 65%
  • China - Senior High 2 - average grade of 70% or Senior High 3 at an average of 65%
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland - A Levels - DEE/CD including a science or maths. GCSE English and Maths at C/4 (for Pathways in: Built Environment, Engineering and Science, Mathematical and Computer Science), or A Levels DEE/CD + GCSE English and Maths at C/4 (for Pathways in: Accounting, Economics and Business Management, and Psychology).
  • Ghana - West African School Certificate (WAEC) - or Senior School Certificate  in four subjects with grades 1-6 (A-C)
  • Hong Kong - Form 5 in four academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis) or HKDSE with grades 223 in relevant subjects
  • India - Standard 10 + 1 - 70% or Standard 10 + 2 at 55%
  • Indonesia - SMU 2 - Grade 7.0 or SMU 3 Grade 6.5 (five relevant subjects required)
  • Iran - High School Diploma (3 years) - average grade of at least 14 (in relevant subjects)
  • Jordan - Tawjihi - 80% in 4 relevant subjects
  • Kazakhstan - ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education - grade average of 4
  • Kuwait - Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama - passmark of 80% in relevant subjects
  • Libya - Secondary Education Certificate - average of 80%
  • Malaysia - Form 5. Ter, 2 or Mid-Year Transcript - A-C in five relevant subjects
  • Nigeria - WAEC or SSC - grades 1-6 in four relevant subjects.
  • Pakistan - High Secondary Certificate - four passes in relevant subjects with an average of 55%
  • Qatar - Thanawaya Aam Qatari - average grade 80% in relevant subjects
  • Saudi Arabia - Tawjihi - average of 80% in relevant subjects
  • Thailand - MAW5 - GPA of 2.5 or of MAW 6 with a GPA of 2.0 in six relevant subjects
  • United Arab Emirates - Tawjihi - 80% or above in relevant subjects
  • Ukraine - ATTESTAT/11th Grade Certificate of Secondary Education - grade average of 7.0
  • Vietnam - Completion of Year 12 at Secondary School with average grade of 7.0


Additional fees information

Tuition fees for Sept 2022 entry
Pathway UK* International
Engineering and Science £9,250 £18,084**
Accounting, Economics and Business Management £9,250 £15,000**
Built Environment £9,250 £15,000**
Psychology £9,250 £15,000**
Mathematical and Computer Sciences £9,250 £15,000**

* Includes applicants from Scotland and 'Rest of the UK' i.e. applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Applicants from the Republic of Ireland are also included. Read our tuition fee information.

** The fees for international applicants listed above are the net fee figures after the scholarship discount has been deducted. For example, the full fee for the Engineering and Science pathway is £20,524 but the scholarship award of £2,500 that is automatically applied brings it down to £18,084.

'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional scholarship information

Travel Home Bursary

Available for students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

We appreciate that moving away from home for the first time can be daunting. Our Travel Home Bursary should allow you to return home at several points throughout the academic year. The Travel Bursary applies to your first year of study only.