To find out more about the different activities LEAPS offers (both in and out of school), please use our activity selector below. We are always developing the LEAPS programme, so do remember to check back for details of new events.
Remember, the LEAPS team is available all year round to offer information, advice and guidance about higher education to LEAPS-eligible students and parents and carers, so if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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This half-day event provides an early introduction to university and student life. You will visit a university and, in a group, explore the university campus (the building and facilities) with a university student, our ‘uni experts’. Working in a team, you will complete fieldwork on a particular topic, collecting research and images, which you will then use to create a report ‘film’ on Adobe Spark. We can share the ‘film’ with your school after the event.
This event usually takes place between February and April.
|(For Group 1+ schools only)|
This workshop runs over a school period. In a group, you will explore different aspects of higher education and student life with the help of a current university student, our ‘uni experts’. You might get chatting about student social life, what learning is like at university, or another topic that springs to mind!
This event usually takes place between November and February.
(For Group 1+ and Group 1 schools only)
High Flyers takes place in June as you are move from S4 to S5. If invited to take part (see note below), you will attend a range of academic and social sessions at universities local to Edinburgh (Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh), giving you the opportunity to sample different university courses and get a taste of student life. We hire Student Mentors – current university students - to work with you throughout the week too.
Students from the schools below are invited by their school to take part:
(For selected pupils in Group 1+ schools only)
S5 Introduction to Higher Education
This presentation explains who we are (the LEAPS team!), what we do, and also outlines LEAPS eligibility criteria. The session is for students who may have the potential to go on to higher education and provides an overview of what higher education is, including key information relating to entry qualifications, application procedures, exit points and articulation (moving from college to university study).
Focusing on a timeline, you are advised of opportunities to collect information to make an informed decision about post-school higher education options and are introduced to the LEAPS S5Hub – our online resource for S5 students.
This presentation takes place in August or between November and February.
(For Group 2 schools only)
This is a one-to-one thirty-minute interview with a member of the LEAPS team. We’ll offer you individual advice and guidance on higher education entry requirements and focus on course choices for S6. We’ll also look at other opportunities you could explore such as work experience or summer opportunities to help you with any applications you are thinking of making.
This is for students who have the potential to achieve a minimum of 3 Highers over 2 sittings, and therefore the potential to go on to higher education.
This interview usually takes place between January and March.
(For Group 1+ schools only)
S5 HE Guidance Session
This session begins with a short presentation looking at how to select higher education courses. This is followed by a short one-to-one interview with a member of the LEAPS team so that you can discuss higher education entry requirements and what you might need in terms of qualifications or work experience for any applications you are thinking of making. This session is for students who have the potential to achieve a minimum of 3 Highers over 2 sittings, and therefore the potential to go on to higher education.
This session and interview usually takes place between January and March.
(For Group 1 schools only)
The S5 Conference is a campus-based event designed to help you take steps towards higher education. It is the chance to collect information and advice about future courses (our exhibition), what you need to get in (entry requirements), how best to prepare (what you need to do), meet current university students (find out what student life is like) and chat to staff from local universities and colleges (friendly people there to help you!)
The Conference is delivered by LEAPS staff, university students and colleagues from partner organisations, higher education institutions and related agencies.
The S5 Conference usually takes place in March.
(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)
S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Evening
Parents and carers of S5 LEAPS-eligible students are invited to attend our S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Evening, which usually takes place in spring each year. Students are also welcome to attend. Presentations include the support LEAPS offers; choosing and applying to higher education courses; student life; student funding; and college options.
You will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the LEAPS team, some higher education institutions (including our partner universities), and current university students.
This event usually takes place in March.
(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools, and the additional schools we have begun working with in the Forth Valley)
S5 LEAPS Activities - Forth Valley
Subject to funding confirmation, LEAPS hopes to begin working with an additional fourteen schools from the Forth Valley area during the 2019-2020 school year. (Find further details of these schools here.)
We anticipate initially working with S5 students in these schools who match any of the LEAPS eligibility criteria. Our programme of delivery in these schools for the 2019-2020 school year is to be confirmed and discussions with these schools will take place throughout the year. We would hope to fully integrate these schools into the LEAPS programme from the 2020-2021 school year. Please check back for updates.