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About the LEAPS S5 Conference Online Resources

Thank you for taking the time to access our LEAPS S5 Conference Online resources (below). These resources are intended for LEAPS-eligible S5 students from our Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools who are aiming for higher education at college or university – we put them together as an alternative to the LEAPS S5 Conference event, which we unfortunately had to cancel due to concerns around COVID-19. We hope these resources help you to explore your options further, wherever you plan to apply!

If you’re from one of the additional Forth Valley schools we have recently begun working with, then you're welcome to use these resources too (we’re just sorry we haven’t properly met you yet, hopefully we can soon!). Likewise, if you are in S5 but at another school in Scotland, then you might still find this web page useful – just keep in mind that some of the information may not apply to you.

(We know some students have moved up a year group slightly earlier than usual in some schools, so just to say that where we refer to S5 here we mean those of you who started the school year in August 2019 as S5.)

We suggest you watch each of the recordings/presentations in the order they appear below, and we have provided time codes with each recording if you are looking for specific information. Please note, this information is valid as of May 2020.


Fundamentals of Applying to University and College

In our Fundamentals of Applying to University and College recording (clip length 25 minutes 26 seconds) you’ll hear about LEAPS (time code 00:00:40), the basics of applying to higher education courses at university and college (time code 00:03:59), how to choose what and where you want to study (time code 00:05:58), understanding entry requirements (time code 00:10:35), routes into higher education (time code 00:13:27) and an interactive activity to help you consider reasons for choosing a course (time code 00:14:45).

 

 

If you are unable to access the recording, you can download this PDF of our Fundamentals of Applying to University and College annotated presentation slides. We are in the process of creating a subtitled version of the recording.

Useful links mentioned in Fundamentals of Applying to University and College:

About LEAPS

LEAPS Eligibility

LEAPS Schools

LEAPS S5Hub (helpful blog posts if you’re thinking about college or university!)

S5Hub blog post – Choosing universities and colleges

S5Hub blog post – Which course?

S5Hub blog post – How to read a prospectus

S5Hub blog post – Understanding entry requirements

LEAPS Course Checker (fill out this form to receive tailored advice and guidance)


Strengthening Your Application to University and College

In our Strengthening Your Application recording (clip length 23 minutes 19 seconds), you will hear about ways in which you can make your application stronger. We consider what admissions tutors are looking for (time code 00:04:37), your skills, experience and career exploration (time code 00:06:20) and how these can be included in your personal statement. We also look at things that might help you decide what you want to study (time code 00:17:45), and that it’s okay to still be making up your mind (time code 00:18:26).

 

 

If you are unable to access the recording, you can download a PDF of our Strengthening Your Application to University and College annotated presentation slides. We are in the process of creating a subtitled version of the recording.

Useful links mentioned in Strengthening Your Application to University and College: 

S5Hub blog post – ‘Career and Course Exploration during COVID-19’ (how to do it from home!)

LEAPS Course Checker (fill out this form to receive tailored advice and guidance)

University & Local College Contact Information (keep scrolling, you'll find this information further down the web page)

LEAPS S5 Parents’ & Carers’ Information Session


Student Panel

In our Student Panel recording (clip length 16 minutes 4 seconds), you will hear from current university students who volunteer with LEAPS about aspects of their own student experience.

You will hear how they decided which courses to apply for (time code 00:03:07), different accommodation types (time code 00:05:38), how teaching and learning at university is different from school (time code 00:08:59), having a job while studying for your degree (time code 00:11:52) and what they wish they had known about applying to university when they were in S5 (time code 00:13:22).

 

 

If you are unable to access the recording, you can download a PDF of our Student Panel presentation slides here. We are in the process of creating a subtitled version of this recording.


LEAPS Course Checker

The LEAPS team are here to provide information, advice and guidance to help you move forward with your college and university aspirations. Some university and college courses will require specific subjects, at specific levels (e.g. National 5, Higher), for entry and this may impact your S6 choices.

Complete our Course Checker form for advice on your S6 subject choices and to ensure that your choices are keeping your options open for post-school plans.


University & Local College Contact Information

In this recording (clip length 4 minutes 6 seconds), you will hear from our university partners. Part of their role is to support you with any queries you have about their institution.

We recommend contacting universities and colleges directly if you have any queries that you are unable to find the answer to via their websites or prospectuses. To help you with this, you can find contact details for all Scottish universities and for local colleges in our University and Local College Contacts Information Sheet.

 

 

We are in the process of creating a subtitled version of this recording.


SAAS & Student Funding

In the clip below you will hear from Mikey who works for SAAS. The SAAS team are there to support you with any SAAS and student funding queries you have – find contacts details in the useful links section below.

 

 

 

Useful links about SAAS & Student Funding:

SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland) website

SAAS Eligibility Information

SAAS Guide to Undergraduate Funding (including bursaries, loans and grants information)

How to contact SAAS

Student Information Scotland website


How to contact LEAPS

The LEAPS team is working from home until further notice, but if you have any queries please reach us via our Course Checker form or you can contact us and we’ll help you with your query.


LEAPS S5 Parents’ & Carers’ Information Session

We also have some resources for your parents and carers, to help them support you as you explore your higher education options. Please share our LEAPS S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session web page with them – thanks!


Evaluation Survey

We would really appreciate it if you could please complete this short online evaluation survey so that we have a better understanding of how useful these resources were to you and ways in which we could improve them in future. If you require the evaluation survey in an alternative format, please contact us.

Thanks very much,

The LEAPS Team