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:
- 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;
- 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;
- I have been taught at home but need more grades to qualify for University of Dundee entry;
- I want to progress from College to the University of Dundee and need to prepare and / or qualify.
Subject Courses - where our subject courses can take you
All students joining the Discover Learning at Dundee programme who wish to use this route to enter the University of Dundee must successfully complete our compulsory online Academic Skills Course, Learning Xtra at Dundee, as well as three subject courses. Accreditation of prior learning is granted to candidates who can demonstrate they have recently performed at the same level as one of our modules.
For example, if your degree choice is History, you might choose:
Learning Xtra at Dundee = Subject 1 (compulsory)
History = Subject 2
English Literature = Subject 3
Psychology = Subject 4
Successful completion of these four subject courses to our required standards would make you eligible for an undergraduate place. Students wishing to use DLAD modules towards undergraduate admission may enter each module no more than twice within a three year period, unless they present certified medical evidence explaining their circumstances.
Subject courses currently available and typical combinations of where they can take you are shown in the table below:
Click on subject name for more information
Humanities and Social Sciences degrees
(e.g. English, Film Genre, History, Philosophy, Psychology)
Pick 3 subjects from here
Pick 2 subjects from hereLearning Xtra at Dundee
Pick both subjects from here
Pick 2 subjects from here
Each subject course involves an estimated 40-60 hours of total student effort. More subject courses continue to be added and the subject courses you choose to study are determined by both your interests and also reflect University of Dundee rules for undergraduate entry.
Subject course availability - discover for yourself
Oct 2015 Learning Xtra at Dundee - compulsory for all new students who must complete this module before starting any others 19/10/2015 15/11/2015 08/10/2015
Nov 2015 English 23/11/2015 20/12/2015 12/11/2015
Health in the 21st Century 23/11/2015 20/12/2015 12/11/2015
History 23/11/2015 20/12/2015 12/11/2015
Maths 23/11/2015 20/12/2015 12/11/2015
Town Planning 23/11/2015 20/12/2015 12/11/2015
Feb 2016 Learning Xtra at Dundee - compulsory for all new students who must complete this module before starting any others 22/02/2016 20/03/2016 05/02/2016
Applied Computing 22/02/2016 20/03/2016 05/02/2016
Business & Management 22/02/2016 20/03/2016 05/02/2016
Globalisation 22/02/2016 20/03/2016 05/02/2016
Philosophy 22/02/2016 20/03/2016 05/02/2016
Psychology 22/02/2016 20/03/2016 05/02/2016
Apr 2016 English 18/04/2016 15/05/2016 01/04/2016
Film Genre 18/04/2016 15/05/2016 01/04/2016
Health in the 21st Century 18/04/2016 15/05/2016 01/04/2016
History 18/04/2016 15/05/2016 01/04/2016
Maths 18/04/2016 15/05/2016 01/04/2016
Town Planning 18/04/2016 15/05/2016 01/04/2016
Please note – all start dates will be confirmed to participants approximately one month before the published date. Participants may be guided to subsequent repeats of the same module if demand requires, so early application is advised.
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);
As you can see, our programme focuses on helping you achieve your goals in the way that best suits your learning needs.
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.
Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for details of any costs you may be required to meet.
Click the button below to read the guidelines and apply online
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 our programme could not be easier - just follow our simple steps:
- Read the advice and guidance in our FAQ section;
- Enrol in the programme by completing our online application form
- Complete our simple Virtual Learning Environment Induction, just follow the instructions after enrolling. You will then be ready to start the programme;
- Begin our Learning Xtra course - this helps you develop the skills you will need to get the most out of the programme;
- Begin your subject courses.
Discover Learning at Dundee
Admissions & Student Recruitment
University of Dundee
Telephone: +44 1382 384124