Part-time evening programme
The evening programme is designed specifically for those returning to education after a significant break and who may have commitments which prevent them from studying full time.
Not only will you finish your studies with a reputable qualification and a wealth of knowledge on the topics you have studied, our courses also help you to develop and improve a variety of transferable skills:
- verbal and written communication
- team working
- organisational skills
- research, interpretation and analytical skills
- computer literacy
- interpersonal skills
- time management
- dedication and personal motivation
- listening skills
- critical thinking and evaluation
Evening programme students have the ability to choose from a wide range of subjects and build their degree over level one, two and three modules. There is no Honours option through evening study, but students who wish to progress on to Honours level can apply through UCAS to transfer to an Honours degree programme.
All of the subjects listed in the Lifelong Learning Prospectus are offered as part of the evening programme. However, not all modules are offered every year; the full range of modules available to study in 2017-2018 can be found in the course catalogue.
The modules at level one and two are designed to build the essential skills and knowledge base that will allow you to progress to more in-depth study at level three towards the end of your degree programme.
Each module runs over a 12-week semester, with one class per week delivered in the evenings between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Students are allowed to study either one or two modules per semester. Students will typically complete 120 credits (six modules) at each level of study.
Classes are usually no more than 10 to 20 students in size. In addition to class time, you will be expected to undertake around eight hours of independent study per week for each module you undertake.
It is possible to enroll on an evening module on a non-graduating basis. This may suit you if you have a particular subject interest but do not want to undertake a full degree programme. It is also be a good way of trying out studying without the commitment of the degree route. It is possible to request to transfer to graduating status on completion of non-graduating modules.
Study skills support
A number of introductory study skills workshops are included for new students in the weeks prior to the start of the first semester. It is highly recommended that all new students attend these workshops; and for those who are returning to study after a significant break, full attendance may be a formal condition of entry.
The workshops are led by an experienced member of the CAPOD team (Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development). Some of the key skills included are:
- Good academic practice
All students at St Andrews are required to complete an online TGAP course (Training in Good Academic Practice) before you begin your studies. Training will be given in how to avoid plagiarising the work of others and behave with academic integrity.
- Reading and note-taking
For new students, being presented with long reading lists and being expected to read independently can be a daunting prospect. Training will be provided to look at tips and techniques on how best to read ‘academically’ and different ways of taking notes and organising your thoughts.
- Essay writing
Being able to present your thoughts coherently in an essay is an essential academic skill. Essay writing forms an important component of assessment for many subjects, so being able to construct a good essay is key.
In addition, the introductory programme also includes an IT session to help new students explore University systems, set up email and complete all required elements of the entry process. A session covering utilising resources and a tour of the library will also be included.
Fees and funding
Part-time students pay tuition fees on a pro rata basis, dependent on the number of modules or credits being taken. Funding may be available from SAAS for those with an income of under £25,000 per annum.
Currently fees are £303 per 20-credit module (Scotland or EU students, 2017-2018).
An instalment plan for the payment of part-time tuition fees can be arrange at the start of the academic year with the University’s Finance Office.
Part-time study scholarships are available to help with the costs associated with being a student, including travel, books, and childcare. Your eligibility for these scholarships will be
More information on the part-time study scholarship, including eligibility, deadlines and how to apply can be found on the scholarships section of the website. Payments will be made via bank transfer in two instalments: the first in mid-October and the second in mid-February.
How to apply
Applications for the part-time General degree are done directly through the part-time study application form (PDF) .
Applications for September (Semester 1) entry should be submitted before 31 July in the year you wish to start your studies.
Applications for January (Semester 2) entry should be submitted before 15 December.
All applications will require a reference. This should be a recommendation from someone who knows you and can comment with authority on your potential abilities as a student. This might be a current or former employer, tutor or professional who knows you well. It cannot be a family member. This must be submitted either with your completed application or directly by your referee.
Successful applicants will be invited to interview as part of the decision making process.