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Please click on the links below to find out more about the LEAPS Summer School

Applications for the 2018 LEAPS Summer School have now closed.

If you would like to submit a late application to the 2018 LEAPS Summer School, please contact the LEAPS Office on 0131 650 4676.

What is the LEAPS Summer School?

Who should apply to Summer School?

Why should I attend Summer School?

What will I study at Summer School?

When will I study at Summer School?

Where does Summer School take place?

What support is available to Summer School students?

Is there a cost for Summer School?

What accommodation is available to Summer School students?

What happens after Summer School?

How do I apply to Summer School?

Important Dates to Remember

What is the LEAPS Summer School?

Summer School is a seven-week programme for LEAPS-eligible students who are holding one or more UCAS offers. Students holding offers for an HNC or an HND only should contact LEAPS on 0131 650 4676 to discuss if Summer School would be appropriate for them.

The 2018 LEAPS Summer School will run from 4 June to 20 July 2018, with an induction day on 1 June 2018.

  • Summer School is a valuable opportunity for you to impress admissions tutors and to get a true feel for university study:
    • first-year university level study
    • classes take the form of lectures, tutorials and group work
    • classes are held during the day on university campuses
    • Summer School students are enrolled and provided with a student card which gives them access to university facilities, such as the library and the student union and sports facilities
  • Summer School is coordinated by LEAPS, along with lecturers from Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh.
  • Everyone has the same class time commitment. Summer School students will attend for the equivalent of three full days (this may be split across a number of half days – see timetable here).

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Who should apply to Summer School?

Any LEAPS-eligible student who has applied to university and would like to:

  • gain an experience of and a familiarity with university life
  • gain an understanding of university teaching and assessment
  • increase their chances of gaining entry to university

Please note:

  • Priority places will be given to students who are able to attend all Summer School classes and are holding conditional offers.
  • Students with unconditional offers are welcome to apply and will receive a place where possible.
  • Students holding offers for an HNC or and HND only should contact LEAPS on 0131 650 4676 to discuss if Summer School would be appropriate for them.

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Why should I attend Summer School?

Every year, a number of students attending the Summer School gain access to their chosen university course on the basis of Summer School reports in cases where they haven’t met their conditions.

LEAPS partner universities (aside from the University of Edinburgh) have committed to the LEAPS Admissions Pledge. One of the commitments of this pledge is that, if you have not met the grades in your upcoming exam required to fulfil your UCAS offer, admissions officers at our partner universities (aside from the University of Edinburgh) will read your Summer School report before deciding if they will offer you a place. Find out more about the LEAPS Admissions Pledge here. Many other universities also accept the reports.

However, Summer School is not a guarantee of entry and it is strongly advised that you try your best in S6.

Furthermore, Summer School provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate academic potential and the chance to develop skills and build self-confidence in a friendly, supportive environment in preparation for university life.

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What will I study at Summer School?

Summer School students will study three subjects:

  • Academic Skills
  • Plus two subjects based on:
    • future study plans
    • Highers that you are currently sitting (in particular, and Higher mentioned in your offer are which you are worried about passing)

Please click here to see the subjects available to study at Summer School. We offer a range of subjects suited to progressing to university study.

Summer School students are invited to make an initial provisional choice of subjects which will be check with university admissions staff. You may not be able to find an exact match with your future course choice, but as you might study three subjects each semester for your first two years at university, be open minded! If you’re unsure which Summer School subjects to choose, please contact us for advice.

Assessments will take the form of reports, exams, presentations and essays depending on your courses.

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When will I study at Summer School?

Everyone has the same class time commitment. Summer School students will attend for the equivalent of three full days (this may be split across a number of half days – see timetable below).

You will be expected to study outside of class, so when you have a class-free day or half-day you might like to make use of the library facilities or perhaps take the opportunity to meet up with fellow students for group work or shared study. You should be prepared to attend outside of your scheduled classes as and when group work is required. Learning to study independently and as part of a group will be a new skill that we help you develop during Summer School.

2018 Summer School Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.30-12.15 9.30-12.15 9.30-12.15 9.30-12.15 9.30-12.15
Maths Academic Skills 1 Psychology Biological Sciences Physics & Engineering
History and Politics Chemistry Sociology and Criminology Marketing and Business
People and the Environment Language, Literature and Film Data Analysis and Research Methods Computing
13.45-16.30 13.45-16.30 13.45-16.30 13.45-16.30 13.45-16.30
Biological Sciences Physics & Engineering Maths Academic Skills 2 Psychology
Data Analysis and Research Methods Marketing and Business History and Politics Language, Literature and Film
Sociology and Criminology Computing People and the Environment Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Information

You are expected to attend the full Summer School, from 4 June to 20 July 2018, plus an induction day on 1 June 2018.

  • students who miss classes find it difficult to catch up
  • alternative assessments will not be offered if you are unable to attend an exam, a presentation or a timed assessment
  • your attendance is recorded and may appear on your Summer School report if we are concerned
  • we will consider applications from students with unavoidable absences (e.g. family commitments or medical appointments) however, time off is not encouraged and cases which have unavoidable absences will be considered individually

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Where does Summer School take place?

Summer School classes take place at a range of university campuses throughout Edinburgh. Locations for 2018 could include:

You may be required to travel between multiple campuses in one day, so be prepared to eat your lunch on the bus!

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What support is available to Summer School students?

Summer School is a transitional period between school and university. As such, it can bring you up against ideas and pressures that you might not have encountered before. We have a student support team who are on hand to offer you support with this transition and any issues that it might raise for you. From the initial application process, throughout the Summer School programme, and on your exam results day, we will be available to help you.

  • Initial questions/queries about Summer School should be brought to the Summer School Registration Evening on Wednesday 25 April 2018.
  • During Summer School, a student support team will be in place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm. You can chat to someone in person during this time in the Summer School Hub room or send in queries by email at any time.
  • Academic staff and tutors will provide support and clear guidelines on all your academic work and they welcome questions. In fact, they are more concerned when students don’t have questions! They will also provide ongoing feedback on your work throughout Summer School.
  • There will be an online learning platform for you to use which will underpin and support teaching and will also act as the central place for general Summer School information. 

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Is there a cost for Summer School?

There is no charge to attend Summer School. LEAPS covers the cost of your travel, your tuition and your access to university facilities. However, you might like to consider the following:

  • stationery: you will be expected to provide your own stationery
  • lunch: you are welcome to either bring your own lunch or to buy food on or near the campus
  • social: any LEAPS social events may have small costs attached to them

Travel

 Public transport travel costs will be covered and will be arranged on an individual basis. This could be in the form of a train of bus pass/tickets. It is not recommended that you use your own personal transport to travel to and from Summer School, as we will not cover the cost of mileage or parking.

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What accommodation is available to Summer School students?

Student accommodation will be offered to applicants living in the Borders and the Forth Valley area. If you are from an outlying area in the Lothians, where it is difficult for you to travel in to Edinburgh by public transport, it may be possible to accommodate you more centrally – please get in touch with us to discuss this.

Residential Summer School students will stay in their own room within the University of Edinburgh’s self-catering flats:

  • flats typically contain 4-5 bedrooms and students will share kitchen and bathroom facilities with other Summer School students
  • accommodation is provided seven days a week, and residents can come and go as they please
  • the cost of accommodation is covered by LEAPS, however it is expected that students will provide their own food
  • LEAPS will provide an induction programme to help students settle in

More information is available in our factsheet here and further details will be communicated to students who are offered accommodation in April and at the Summer School Registration Evening on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

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How do I apply to Summer School?

Applications for the 2018 LEAPS Summer School have now closed.

If you would like to submit a late application to the 2018 LEAPS Summer School, please contact the LEAPS Office on 0131 650 4676.

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What happens after Summer School?

Towards the end of Summer School…

You will receive marks on your assessed work and feedback from teaching staff. On the final day of Summer School, you will attend the Summer School Graduation Ceremony where we will celebrate your work and present you with a Certificate of Completion.

Behind the Scenes…

LEAPS will produce a report on your performance, which is for admissions purposes and will be provided to universities. It includes:

  • marks awarded
  • attendance record (if this has been a concern)
  • comments on your ability to adapt to university-level study as seen over the seven-week Summer School (e.g. active participation, attitude, group work, academic development, responding to feedback)

What happens next?

If you do not achieve a required grade in your exams, the university you are applying to might consider if they can still offer you a place depending on your report. There is no guarantee, but many Summer School students do gain entry on the strength of their reports. (Please note, the University of Edinburgh will not consider Summer School reports, but encourage students to attend the LEAPS Summer School as an aid to the transition to university study.)

Your Summer School report will be sent to your Firm and Insurance offers a week ahead of you receiving your SQA results. This is because the universities receive your results a week earlier than you do and we want to make sure the Summer School reports arrive at the same time. On SQA results day, we request that you check your UCAS Track system and then call the LEAPS office to let us know your exam results and if your UCAS Track has changed at all. We are able to offer advice, guidance and useful knowledge of the sector to make sure you can achieve a positive destination. We obviously hope that, in the event of your exam results not going so well, that your Summer School will support you, but if not then we are still able to advise you.

Your Summer School Report

LEAPS partner universities (aside from the University of Edinburgh) have committed to the LEAPS Admissions Pledge. One of the commitments of this pledge is that, if you have not met the grades in your upcoming exam required to fulfil your UCAS offer, admissions officers at our partner universities (aside from the University of Edinburgh) will read your Summer School report before deciding if they will offer you a place. Find out more about the LEAPS Admissions Pledge here. Many other universities also accept the reports.

This is why we ask you to commit to a seven-week Summer School programme and to be assessed throughout – so that universities can see your potential. It is in your interest to secure a good report! The comments made can be as important as the marks. The Summer School report cannot adversely affect your offer of a place. If you achieve your conditions, your place is secure.

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Important Dates to Remember

Summer School Registration Evening

Wednesday 25 April 2018

The Summer School Registration Evening is the opportunity for you, your parents, carers and guardians, to hear more about Summer School in detail and to meet the people who will be working with you over the seven weeks. You will receive important information about your courses and final checks will be made on your application. If your application is progressed, we will provide you with further information about this event.

Summer School Induction Day

Friday 1 June 2018

First impressions count! Attendance at this Induction Day is compulsory unless you have an exam or a medical reason.

Summer School

Monday 4 June to Friday 20 July 2018

Classes will take place between these dates.

Summer School Graduation Ceremony

Friday 20 July 2018

The Summer School Graduation Ceremony is a chance to celebrate the achievement of completing Summer School!

 

If you have any further questions about Summer School and you cannot see an answer in the information above, please contact us.

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