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Applying to Mackintosh School of Architecture

Your application to study for an undergraduate degree at the GSA is in two parts:

When GSA receives your UCAS application, you will receive an email acknowledgement and directed to upload your digital portfolio images. You can do this as soon as you receive your acknowledgement email and no later than the deadline communicated to you in the e-mail you receive. Late applications may not be considered. Guidelines on what to include in the digital portfolio and statement are available here.

If you encounter any problems during this process, please contact us by email at: admissions@gsa.ac.uk 

Entry to First Year

GSA accepts a wide range of UK and international qualifications for admission. Below are our standard academic entry requirements.

  • Scottish Highers: ABBB including a literate subject* and maths or physics
  • A Levels: ABB to include Maths or Physics, and GCSE English at grade A or 7.
  • International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall in the Diploma, 18 at Higher Level, including Maths or Physics and normally English and Visual Arts or Design Technology. Students not presenting English at grade 5 or above at HL will be required to submit an IELTS.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Four Highers at H2 or above - subjects are required as per Scottish Highers.
  • We are happy to consider holders of the Scottish Baccalaureate.
  • For students currently taking qualifications we will look at predicted grades.
  • Those who have qualifications from outside the UK should consult our international pages for country-specific entry requirements.

Contextualised Admissions

We operate contextualised admissions for applicants livings in Scotland. This enables applicants who are:

  • living in SIMD20 or SIMD40 postcodes at the point of application
  • care experienced (adopted, in foster care, kinship care, residential care or supported through a compulsory supervision order at any point in life) and who tick the box on UCAS

to receive an offer if they pass the digital portfolio and interview stages and achieve our minimum entry requirements, shown below.

  • Scottish Highers: BBCC including a literate subject* and maths or physics

For students currently taking qualifications we will look at predicted grades.

Accredited Prior Learning

We recognise that our applicants come from a wide variety of social, cultural and educational backgrounds and we are willing to consider applications for admission from those who do not have the published conventional qualifications for admission and/or who wish to gain recognition for formal or informal study undertaken elsewhere.

Portfolio Interview

After your application has been assessed you may be invited for a portfolio interview. The portfolio interview is a two-way process allowing you to gain an understanding of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and for us to view your portfolio, ask you questions about it and find out about your interests. On the day of the portfolio interview you will be given an introduction to the course, a tour of the Bourdon Building prior to receiving your interview. The interview will last around twenty minutes and be with two members of staff. Your portfolio should contain between 10-15 pieces of work. This would normally be your best work and can contain a variety of pieces displaying your skills and interest in the subject of Architecture. 

Applying to Study Part-time

The BArch can be studied on a part-time basis. Applicants who wish to study part-time, should apply directly to the School. Applicants should email architecture@gsa.ac.uk in the first instance or call +44 (0) 141 353 4686.

English Language Requirement

The Mackintosh School of Architecture expects all students to demonstrate proficiency in the English language, which for UK students is normally evidenced by a pass in Higher or GCSE English or other literate subject*. 

International students required to evidence their English language proficiency by sitting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) will be asked to complete an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test taken at a UKVI approved test centre. Our current requirement for the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) is IELTS for UKVI (Academic) with 6.5 overall and no less than 5.5 in each component. A full list of UKVI approved test centres can be found here.

For more information, please email registry@gsa.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 141 353 4512.

*literate subjects include English, Business Management, Classical Studies, Economics, ESOL, Georgraphy, History, Media Studies. Modern Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious studies, Sociology.