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SFC Access initiatives

In line with the publication of A Blueprint for Fairness we are developing our currently funded access programmes to ensure they form a basis for a national framework of access and bridging activity.

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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

National Schools Programme

Based on a recommendation in SFC's Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability and in alignment with Scotland’s Programme for Government 2021-22, we launched the National Schools Programme as a resource to strengthen pathways for Senior Phase pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds looking to pursue higher education.

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Scotland to provide routes into Higher Education for adults with few or no qualifications, or whose qualifications are out of date.