The purpose of Gateway programmes is to promote the uptake of higher education among those groups that are traditionally under-represented at university. The Gateway programmes have been designed to help those who have experienced some disadvantage in their schooling gain entry to the University.
St Andrews' international reputation for teaching and research has resulted in increased competition for places. These Gateway programmes allow those who did not achieve the grades required for certain courses because of their circumstances, but who show the potential to flourish at St Andrews, the opportunity to study at the University.
There are currently three Gateway programmes: