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Applying to the School

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

When the School receives your application form from UCAS, you will be issued with an acknowledgement of your application and directed to upload your images. You can do so as soon as you receive your acknowledgement and no later than the deadline communicated to you in the e-mail you receive. Guidelines on what to include in the Supporting Visual Materials and Statement are available in the Product Design Application Guide.

Please read the information about the GSA, its schools and the specialist departments carefully, including information in the Product Design Application Guide.

We expect that you have familiarised yourself with the learning, teaching and research we offer at the GSA and that your expectations align with the learning experience that we try to provide in the specialists pathway and departments. If you experience any problems during this process, please contact us by email at: 

 Entry Qualifications

We accept a wide range of UK and international qualifications for admission. Below are our normal entry requirements, expressed as the qualifications most commonly presented for admission, which will be used as a baseline when determining equivalencies.

  • Scottish Highers: ABBB (one sitting) or AABB (two sittings). Normally at least one of the Highers should be a modern language other than English.

  • A Levels: ABB to include a modern language other than English, AND GCSE English at grade A or 7.

  • International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall in the Diploma, including 18 at Higher Level, normally including English and Visual Arts or Design Technology. Students not presenting English at grade 5 or above at Higher Level will be required to submit an IELTS.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Four Highers at H2 or above - subjects required as per Scottish Highers. 

  • We are happy to consider holders of the Scottish Baccalaureate. 

  • Those who have qualifications from outside the UK should consult our international pages for country-specific entry requirements.

Acredited 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.

English Language Requirement

The Innovation School expect all our students to demonstrate proficiency in the English language, which for UK students is normally evidenced by a pass in Higher or GCSE English.

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. Our current requirement for BDes/MEDes Product Design is IELTS for UKVI (Academic) with 6.0 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 or call +44 (0) 141 353 4512.