Save this page

SFC funding for access initiatives

In line with the publication of A Blueprint for Fairness, and discussions through the Access Programmes Steering Group and Bridging Programmes Advisory Group, we are developing our currently funded access programmes to ensure they form a basis for a national framework of access and bridging activity.

Widening access

Developments will seek to provide a support channel to learners throughout their educational journey which is easy to navigate and appropriate to their needs. Our programmes support pupils from disadvantaged, non-traditional or underrepresented backgrounds to realise and achieve their potential.

Current access initatives

Schools for Higher Education Programme

The Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) supports regional collaboration between schools, colleges and universities to increase progression to higher education in both colleges and universities.

Access to High Demand Professions Programme

Access to High Demand Professions (AHDP) helps individuals from disadvantaged, non-traditional or underrepresented backgrounds to apply to high demand subjects at university.

Scottish Wider Access Programme

The Scottish Wider Access Programme works in partnership with colleges and Higher Education Institutions across Scotland to provide routes into Higher Education for adults with few or no qualifications, or whose qualifications are out of date.

School Engagement Framework

We are developing a School Engagement Framework to support pupils into the right destinations for them – Modern Apprenticeships, college, university, or employment.