Becoming a student is an exciting and challenging decision. To help potential students through this important phase, we have created a special online programme

Discover Learning at Dundee fully prepares and qualifies potential students for undergraduate entry to the range of University of Dundee degrees, but Discover Learning at Dundee is also suitable for those simply wanting to get back into study. All potential undergraduate students, regardless of age or stage, can join our Discover Learning at Dundee programme - to give you some examples, if you are in any of the following groups, this course is aimed at you:

  1. I am about to leave school but have not / may not get entry grades required by the University of Dundee due to adverse circumstances (see access criteria in FAQ section) possibly including reasons such as not being able to study one or more subjects at school;
  2. I have not been involved in study recently, but would like to take a step-by-step route towards a degree at the University of Dundee;
  3. I have been taught at home but need more grades to qualify for University of Dundee entry;
  4. I want to progress from College to the University of Dundee and need to prepare and / or qualify.


Teaching and Assessment

Each subject course is designed to guide you through a series of learning milestones. These will both build your knowledge of the subject and also help improve the learning and subject skills you will need if you wish to study the subject in more depth. Subject courses use a variety of methods to achieve this, authentically reflecting first year undergraduate study at the University of Dundee.

You will be supported by some or all of the following methods:

  • Online subject guides available through our web-based Virtual Learning Environment;
  • Online reading materials and other electronic resources;
  • Short self-assessments;
  • Online group work;
  • Online subject tutor comments;
  • Synchronous online subject tutor sessions to let you ask questions in real time;
  • Online personal tutor and course director comments to help with the broader aspects of being a student;
  • Synchronous online personal tutor and course director sessions to let you ask questions in real time;
  • Email from other students plus undergraduate student leaders;
  • VOIP contact and assistance (a typical Voice Over Internet system is Skype);
  • Telephone.

As you can see, our programme focuses on helping you achieve your goals in the way that best suits your learning needs.

Assessment Procedures

Before being admitted as University of Dundee undergraduates, all prospective students must provide us with clear evidence that they will cope with and prosper in their studies.

Discover Learning at Dundee provides just such an opportunity. Whilst flexible, the programme requires significant commitment and performance to achieve this goal. We fully recognise that different participants may wish or need to learn in different ways, therefore self study is a key component of the programme. All students will complete both continuously assessed and examined work - the latter being done under secure online examination conditions.


Each subject course is available "live" for exactly four weeks. To provide you with the highest quality of support, students must join subject courses on the FIRST DAY they go live and follow the subject course through the remainder of the four week period. Each subject course is offered twice per year – so make a note of when your subject courses will be available.

How to Apply

You should apply at least one month before the start date of the subject courses that you wish to study. You will be sent an email to invite you to join this course.

Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for details of any costs you may be required to meet.

English Language Requirements

All courses at the University of Dundee are taught in English. You must have a good standard of English in order to be successful in your academic studies and so a formal qualification in English is required. This should normally be at least a pass at SQA Standard Grade (grades 1-3)/Intermediate 2 or at GCSE Level (grades A-C) or SQA Communications 3. All non-native speakers of English must have a good command of English Language, at least to the standard of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 603 (or 250 for computer-based test) or their equivalents and provide recent certification as evidence of this.

This course is not suitable for those seeking English as a Foreign Language (EFL) tuition as it requires the levels of English listed above.


Learning at a distance is both fun and challenging.

You will be provided with a full range of support options by the Discover Learning at Dundee - our aim is to help you succeed. Weekdays we try to respond to all communications within 48 hours. Our office hours are 09.00 to 17.00 weekdays. As with undergraduate study, students should plan their work to build in time to seek any help they may need.

Joining in

Joining our programme could not be easier - just follow our simple steps:

  1. Read the advice and guidance in our FAQ section;
  2. Enrol in the programme by completing our online application form
  3. Complete our simple Virtual Learning Environment Induction, just follow the instructions after enrolling. You will then be ready to start the programme;
  4. Begin our Learning Xtra course - this helps you develop the skills you will need to get the most out of the programme;
  5. Begin your subject courses.


Discover Learning at Dundee
Admissions & Student Recruitment
University of Dundee

Telephone: +44 1382 384124