Employability, Skills and Learning Progress

SVC Recommendation 13: Access Thresholds

In fulfilling the recommendations from the Commission on Widening Access, all universities should consider how access thresholds can be specifically applied to the veterans community. Subsequently, they should advertise and promote these thresholds widely across the military and veterans sectors.

Scottish Government update:

Universities are progressing with work to implement access thresholds for those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and those with care experience, as we know that the school education of these particular groups of learners is likely to have been impacted by their childhood circumstances.

We have considered the specific barriers veterans face when trying to access higher education, and the most appropriate interventions that can assist them. As many members of the Armed Forces leave with skills and qualifications, we consider recognition and accreditation of this prior learning to be a more effective approach than implementing access thresholds for veterans. We are taking forward work in this area through the Scottish Funding Council-funded Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQFP) project on mapping learning pathways and accrediting prior learning for Service leavers and veterans. This project also supports recommendations 8, 14 and 15.

SVC evaluation of status:


Partially implemented / ongoing

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