Spanish Royal Decree 1892/2008 of 14 November, which regulates the conditions for accessing official university degree courses and the admission procedures for public universities in Spain.
In addition to the conditions for accessing the university with previous studies, the Royal Decree establishes other conditions aimed at people who have been unable to access university through the traditional channels. Thus, it incorporates a new access pathway for people over the age of 45, aimed at persons without any qualifications that would grant them access to the university and who could not provide evidence of employment or professional experience. It also maintains the conditions for people over the age of 25 and establishes others for people over the age of 40 with employment or professional experience linked to the qualification they wish to access.
The only temporary provision of the above mentioned Royal Decree establishes that the admission procedures for the pathways mentioned in the previous paragraph will be applicable from the 2010-11 academic year.
The Royal Decree provides for the possibility of creating committees for organising the access examinations for people over the age of 25 and for people over the age of 45 within the autonomous region. The Inter-university Council of Catalonia made this decision.
However, the Royal Decree does not provide for access to the university through accreditation of employment or professional experience, and this makes it necessary for the University of Girona to establish, in accordance with the aforementioned Royal Decree, the regulation governing access via this route.
The Governing Council,in session no. 2/10, of 25 February 2010,approved the Regulations governing access to official bachelor's degree university courses at the University of Girona for people over the age of 40 through professional experience, that was amended by agreement of the Governing Council in session no. 3/11, of 31 March 2011 Owing to the fact that the CIC, through the Access Office, offers the universities the possibility of using common enrolment procedures for access to the university for students over the age of 40 through professional experience, and university entrance exams for students over the age of 45, these regulations shall have to be adapted to the requirements for the above-mentioned common procedure, which contemplates, above all, a common calendar.
As a result of the experience of applying the aforementioned regulation, with the aim of improving the description of the access procedures for students over the age of 40 through professional experiences and of incorporating the access procedure for students over the age of 45, which although based on an entrance exam organised by the Inter-university Council of Catalonia, provides for a personal interview to be conducted by the University, a new regulation needs to be approved.