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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.

What is LEAPS? Presentation

Please watch our What is LEAPS? Presentation here to find out more about LEAPS.

The presentation explains who we are, what we do, and the support we offer to LEAPS-eligible students who are aiming for higher education.

We would usually deliver this presentation in person at school parents’ evenings, but as we are currently working remotely due to Covid-19 we created a recording which can be viewed at any time.

Coronavirus Update

Latest Coronavirus Update

The LEAPS team is working from home until further notice, but we are very much still here to support you.

We anticipate that our activities and events will be delivered remotely for (at least) the start of the 2020-2021 school year. We hope to offer as many of our usual activities and events as possible in some format, but as this is an unusual time for us we may have to review certain aspects of our programme. We ask that you please bear with us as we organise LEAPS delivery remotely, and we will review the situation on an ongoing basis.

If you need to contact LEAPS with any queries please continue to email us at or call us on 07774336265. Our typical office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
The LEAPS Team
The LEAPS Office | Room 1/06 Old Moray House | Holyrood Road | Edinburgh | EH8 8AQ

Last updated 15 April 2021

S3 Exploring Uni Workshop

This workshop provides an early introduction to university and student life. With help from a university student, our ‘uni experts’, you will explore different topics including student accommodation, student societies and what studying is like at university.

This workshop usually takes place between February and April.

We are currently offering this as an online workshop.

(For Group 1+ schools only)
A university campus in Edinburgh

S4 Workshop

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 May.

We are currently offering this as an online workshop.

(For Group 1+ and Group 1 schools only)

Takes place in your school

High Flyers

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:

  • Castlebrae Community High School
  • Craigroyston Community High School
  • Forrester High School
  • Liberton High School
  • Newbattle Community High School
  • Tynecastle High School
  • Wester Hailes Education Centre

(For selected pupils in Group 1+ schools only)

University campuses around Edinburgh

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 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)

Takes place in your school

S5 Interviews

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. In 2021, these will take place by phone.

(For Group 1+ and Group 1 schools only)

Takes place in your school

S5 Conference

Thinking about applying to college or university? Our S5 Conference Online Resources are for you!

Our online events took place earlier in May, but please Visit our S5 Conference Online Resources web page here to take a look at our resources.

Wherever you plan to apply, these resources will help you to explore your higher education options further.

(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)

Usually a university campus in Edinburgh, but this year online!

S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session

Parents and carers of LEAPS-eligible S5 students, if your son or daughter is aiming for higher education at college or university our online LEAPS S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session is for you. Wherever they plan to apply, these resources will help you to support them to explore their higher education options further.

Visit our online S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session here to take a look.

This event usually takes place in March. For 2021, we have made this session available online.

(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)

A university campus in South East Scotland

S6 What is LEAPS? Talk

This short presentation reminds you about the support LEAPS offers to LEAPS-eligible students in S6.

We’ll highlight events and opportunities will be offering you throughout the year to help you with your higher education journey, including our S6 pre-UCAS guidance interview.

This presentation usually takes place between August and September.

(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)

Takes place in your school